(39a) Addendum to (39)
The Crusader Campaign (140-1122)
Kalida has been called out of the legal talks by
Jack, who wants to discuss something privately in her stateroom.
Jack tells Kalida she thinks she can break the
fleets through the box.
"Break communication?" asks Kalida.
"Break their ships," says Jack.
"Yes. There's... it's potentially
dangerous. The consequences might be a little far-reaching."
'I can have the communications boxes take over the
ships. They might decide that... there's not telling what they
might decide to do."
"Ah," says Kalida, "So you can break them but you
can't tell them what to do after that."
"Yes. It's an option. I think we should
reserve it for... it depends, as long as no-one else is using the brown
boxes, it's not going to... spread."
"Can you explain this to Misha, or do you need me
"No," interrupts Jack, "I'm not going to explain
this to anybody. I'm not going to explain that I can do
this. You can tell them that maybe I have a trick I could try if
you decide to use it. That's all I'm going to admit to."
"OK," says Kalida.
Kalida returns to the legal discussions.