Ryan/Edward Conversation I

“Hello.”
“Greetings.”
“Edward. You must be Edward.”
“And you must be Inspector Delvene.”
“You’ll be calling me Ryan. I’m your partner first, parole officer second. I need to fill out some paperwork, so wait outside for me. We need to talk in private.”
Minutes pass
“Do you know what we’re doing today?”
“I do not.”
Dump
“So I have a plan. We have to do this nonlethally. And no offence, but considering your past crimes, I don’t have the highest confidence that you’re up to the task. So here we go. We’re going to go up to the captain. We’re going to offer him some good scotch. And we’re going to talk. Have any better ideas?”
“It sounds reasonable. Though we must prepare for their eventual betrayal. No pirate will not come quietly for long, alive or dead.”
“True. But we don’t have any more resources. Just you and I, despite my complaints. So I want to mess with my superiors. Lester. I want to show him what we can do, that we can accomplish this impossible task. We were supposed to have an army of constables. We were supposed to have backup. Instead, he’s just sending me in alone to take down a whole ship.”
“Alone? What about me?”
“I really don’t know what Lester sees in you. I mean, other than your physicality, which I don’t see making up for over a dozen constables. And that’s another thing! We were partnered. I don’t have partners anymore, not after I killed my last one.”
“Everything about this mission is odd, then. My release, the parameters, the lack of support. Though from what you’ve told me, these pirates deserve to hang. Why are they being spared?”
“I don’t know. That’s just what Lester ordered.”
“And they probably know what they’ve done, and how we would normally respond. If you bring that bottle out, they’ll think it’s a trap. No, we can’t be open and friendly with them. Since I have my pistol back, I could provide the cover you need. Take up a vantage point, fire a warning shot if things become… heated.”
“That would be a good idea. And wait, what about that gun? It looks odd. Nothing like any pistol I’ve seen.”
“I designed it myself. If I take time to calibrate it, I can fire special ammunition to hit two targets.”
“Nice! We may need that. And you say you designed it yourself?”
“Yes.”
“Have you ever designed weapons for psions?”
“I have not.”
“Okay. I have a few ideas about etheric batteries being implemented in weaponry. You’re the first weapons designer I’ve come across, so maybe I could run them by you? I study theoretical etherics, you see, and practical applications are always just out of reach because I don’t have the necessary skill set to implement what I know in the real world. Maybe we could work together, toss around a few designs?”
“It would be my pleasure. Though that’s an odd hobby for an Inspector.”
“Well, I’m a theoretical ethericist. But I focus on the forensics of it. I know about a psion’s power, and thus about that psion’s behavior, more than the psion that uses it. Usually. But I specialize in crimes committed by psions and psionic energy, which is why I found it so strange to find myself on this case, chasing the one ship in the world that isn’t powered by an etheric battery.
“As I said, this mission is odd.”
“And on a normal case, I could do this on my own. Take out the psion, and the ship goes down. Easy as that. Then some constable come in and clean up the mess. But this one’s drydocked, and there’s no psion, and there are no constables. Very different.”
“Indeed it is.”

Ryan/Edward Conversation I

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