Accepting the Lance – Chapter 41

Jelaza Kazone

In which Chernak and Stost go to rejoin their captain.

That appears to settle, fairly definitely, the question of where Chernak and Stost would serve if they had their preference.

I notice that Val Con refers to Theo as “your captain” near the end, suggesting that Diglon told him what Chernak said, or perhaps Jeeves did. I wonder if anybody plans to tell Theo, or if they’re going to let her figure it out for herself.

5 thoughts on “Accepting the Lance – Chapter 41

  1. Ed8r

    Tell Theo what? That they’re coming? That they identify her as being “their” captain? That they are now assigned to her on Bechimo?

  2. Paul A. Post author

    That they identify her as being their captain, is what I meant.

    I can’t think of any reason why Jeeves wouldn’t tell her that they’re coming.

  3. Skip

    I took that to mean captain of the ship, not military captain.

    I liked the all-together way the scene was written, portraying not only the pathfinders’ delight at their new contract, but also eager support from Diglon, oversight from Jeeves with headball in happy colors, Val Con prepping the ship (Spiral Dance — known by old world ships), and the cats sharing in the fun, with cook providing a picnic basket. All it needed was Tree dropping a few pods.

  4. Paul A. Post author

    The part I find interesting of them calling Theo “our captain” is not the “captain” (since she is uncontroversially the captain of the ship), but the “our”.

    Theo’s never officially been their captain: they were guests on her ship before, not in her chain of command, even when they volunteered to help out at Minot. And then they were passed on to Nelirikk’s Captain and given no reason they ever would be in her chain of command. But the first hint they get that they have a chance of serving on her ship, and they’re right in there declaring their allegiance as if it’s an obvious fact.

  5. Skip

    Ah. I see your point. They do seem to admire Theo’s capabilities, despite her youth and slight build 😉

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