Flav 2To vote, or not to vote— that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the booth to suffer
The slings and dictators of infinite fortune,
Or to take Royal Flushes against a sea of Full Houses,
And by folding end them. To die— to bluff—
No more; and by a bluff to say we end
The Two Pair and the 1001 natural shocks
That flesh is dealer to— ’tis a Wildcard
Hysterically to be wish’d. To die— to bluff—
To bluff! perchance to raise! aye, there’s an Ace;
For in that bluff of death what chips may come
When we have shuffled off this lucky coil,
Must give us deuce; there’s the Joker
That makes gamble of so long life.
A poker face doth make cowards of us all.
Tradewinds 18 CH 12And the waiting continued, dragging out for seven long days as the three-way stalemate continued.
By the end of the first day, it was fairly obvious Mercer’s crew had the sail rig working, just from the simple fact that Striker’s crew never returned to wreak any further havoc. Easily the single biggest thing to go right since the galley raid. Otherwise, things remained as quiet as they were tense aboard the Excelsior.
Though on the second day they mounted a second expedition to the kitchen, by that point, the others had already ransacked much of anything worth taking, so it was slim pickings. Roxy insisted on at least one patrol a day, for reconnaissance if nothing else, though they had yet to make any direct engagement with either enemy. Finding only evidence that Mercer’s crew, at least, was also carrying on some regular recon of their own.
After each run, Roxy whipped out a datapad and entered some information, though whatever she made note of, s
Flav 1THA BOOK OF FLAVOR FLAV
(Tha Book of Flavor Flav was brought to thee by Monolith. What hath Will Bates in mind for the future of technology? Bend over, Peppy, and we shall show thee!)
Thru me is the way to the Aquarium of Gatekeeper.
Thru me is the way into the Sexy Way Station.
Thru me, the Way among the all-American below.
Righteousness didst my Slow Mutant on high constrain.
Me didst wonderful Overlook Hotel uprear;
Me didst Dipolar Nugget and Evil Diamond sustain.
Before I was, no things uncensored were, save the positronic,
And I doggedly move on.
Riddle all cake, ye who enter here…
Tradewinds 18 CH 11“So where do we start?” Max asked, seeing one thing they all agreed on: that time was of the essence.
“First, since we’re right across the hall from his quarters,” Roxy told them, “we’ll need to see if Mercer left behind anything we can use against him. Then we go secure some food and supplies before the others try to take it all. Depending on just how entrenched they are, this could end up being a very long voyage.”
“Hopefully, Mercer’s more focused on getting the ship moving,” Shades mused, “so we should let them do that for us. Striker is still a common threat.”
“Speaking of which,” Justin piped up, “what do you think those Cyexians who sabotaged the engines are up to?”
“No good,” Roxy answered, “whatever that turns out to be. If nothing else, we won’t be able to move about freely while they’re still out there. To that end, I think it’s safer if I