(22) An Invitation Aboard
The Regency Campaign (28/1573)
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The crew are rested and synched up to local Crow
Time now, after spending the local night with Nightshade
parked near the Forest Lodge. Crow Time is now significantly
displaced from Imperial Time.
New of the Rebellion are still well behind them,
and won't reach Jewell for some time yet. Shark has
been wondering how much of their activities will show up in the
unofficial reports that would precede the official news. He
suspects the new Seneschal, Beatrice Drakenfoll, is part of INISO
and potentially still acting under their old orders. No-one
ever actually leaves the service.
So, as Kalida puts it, do they stand back and
watch, confront her, or just quietly shoot her somewhere?
The big question of course is what did she
discover? Nothing was on her computer that was docked into the
courier, aside from a regular INI intelligence report. There
was nothing significant and new in that report, just some background
on the staff but that didn't reveal anything.
As much as Kalida hates inaction, she agrees just
to wait for the time.
Shark's question is whether she is here on
assignment or leave, and his guess is a little of both. She
was delivered by someone in Imperial Intelligence, after all.
It's bright sunshine again today. The
season is heading towards the end of autumn. The secondary is not
yet eclipsed by the primary, but it is heading that way.
The Forest Lodge has been restocked, mostly
because the Marchioness' consumption of Blockade Bourbon was rather
higher than anticipated. The two Seneschals are just relaxing
this morning, and going over some books, informal familiarization
with the procedures here.
Technically the new Seneschal works for the
Marquisate, for the concept of the nobility of Nakege rather than
for an individual noble, appointed in this case by the Noble
Commission in the official absence of the current Marchioness.
The Noble Commission is acting on her behalf, and Drakenfoll used
that to get appointed, despite knowing that the Marchioness was
actually there on Jewell. The Noble Commission didn't
know it, of course... or maybe, as Misha says, they knew and she had
enough influence anyway.
Again technically, there should be no Seneschal
because there is no palace. And again, the Noble Commission
isn't in a position to know that. They may not know there's a
palace even. They do know the Assistant Seneschal needed to be
maintained, but presumably understood that Seneschal did not.
Drakenfoll, or someone else, obviously convinced them otherwise.
A Noble Commission is a standard Imperial
measure. It is used to keep Lands running on a day to day
basis when either there is no reigning noble, or that noble cannot
or will not take those duties themselves. They maintain the
continuity of the nobility and the feudal structure.
As Seneschal, Beatrice Drakenfoll would have
access to the finances of the Marquisate. She of course does
not have access to the funds that required a countersignature.
She didn't pull the same trick on that as Kalida did, or it would
have shown up on the account records.
Misha is sure that she has come here because
there is something here to get, and that she is doing it under
orders. The INISO probably had something hidden here, and when
she realized that the Marchioness was showing up, she was told (or
did herself) to deal with it. The way to do that would be to
become the Seneschal, go there, and get there first.
Misha lays out their options as he sees it.
The can sit and wait to see if she does anything for a few days, or
they can arrive with Nightshade here publically, or they can
have the Marchioness arrive without Nightshade and force the
matter with her ship keeping quiet watch overhead. They could
of course kill her, but he would rather in that case confront her
first and then kill her. He's certainly willing to capture her
in such a way that she can't kill herself, and talk to her first
friendly and then interrogate if needed.
Shark suggest simply inviting the senechals
aboard, and while they are, searching Drakenfoll's room.
Misha says that he agrees -- just that his
"invitation" involves knocking them out and bringing them
aboard. Either or both could be currently acting benignly, in
an actual desire to help the Marchioness's cause. He doesn't
think that's true, but it's possible. But if they're in that
mood, knocking them out and bringing them aboard without harming
them in any way is not outside the bounds of a loyal retainer's job.
"Thus speaks the barbarian," says Kalida with a
smile. She says she'll do one of her trances and see what she
can find out that way.
Shark points out the many ways in which knocking
them out could result in their death, with appropriate preparations
on their part. Simply knocking them over the head is harder to
protect against, however, and he certainly wouldn't be averse to
knocking Drakenfoll about a bit before bringing her aboard.
The courier she arrived on should still be at the
starport, being refuelled and refining the fuel as it comes on
Shark of course is still watching the Forest
Lodge, so it will fall to Misha to watch Kalida, tranq-loaded gun in
The remote sensing is not revealing anything
interesting. The two Seneschals have not talked about anything
interesting at all. Shark runs their conversation through
analysis to see it if contains repeated phrases or anything like
that, but he is certain that they really are talking about normal
things. They do discuss the golf course that the Marchioness
wanted to put in, and Beatrice Drakenfoll thinks this is an
Kalida drops into her trance. It's been a
while since she's done that, and the web is so welcoming. She
basks in the experience of entering her world for a short while,
then goes looking for Beatrice Drakenfoll.
She is tied up with everything. She is tied
up with here, with Kalida, with other stuff outside... she is both
pulled and pulling on. Her connection with Kalida does not go
back very far, it's very recent.
Her connection with the Assistant Seneschal is
also very recent, but also very strong.
There are a lot of threads going on here, and she
is in the middle of it all. Kalida is kind of in there too,
though. In that middle is a very tangled web, which is
snagging and catching anyone who gets close to it -- the two
Senechals, Kalida, everyone she's looked at so far. It's not a
Black Hole, but it is pulling people into it.
Outside this area, Drakenfoll has some new strong
connections. Not outside this web as such, but outside this
physical region. This local web is so strong, however, that it
is overwhelming everything else. There is so much tangling
Not all of this tangle is new. Some of it
is very old, and it keeps snagging new people. There are
outside connections that are fairly old, but it's hard to follow
them. It's too hard to follow anything outside this tangle, to
resolve the way anything actually leads to the outside or to follow
any outside in. There's something that's been going on here
that has outside connections, but what is pretty much impossible to
Looking for connections between her and the
palace site reveals that the latter is all tangled up in this web,
old stuff and new stuff. It's been getting more tangled more
recently, sucking more people in, and everyone who is sucked in
makes the tangle bigger.
Kalida is sure she has to be directly connected
to something back on Jewell. She tries to look from
that end, but she is stuck in the tangle. The first thing she
needs to do is get out of here. She tries to step back, but it
In Sick Bay, the loose papers are starting to
rustle. The footballs are showing a slight spike. Shark
tells Misha to knock her out if it gets any worse, because she might
knock him out first.
Kalida tries to use those threads to pull herself
out. It doesn't work, and the web closes around her. She
Paper starts to fly around Sick Bay. Misha
pops her in the upper thigh, the butt not being available.
Kalida passes out immediately, and the paper falls to the
floor. All is calm in Sick Bay.
Robert is convinced Kalida needs a shot of fish
oil. It's the only way she can break through this immediate
problem, and expand her mind to handle it more easily.
Shark's dose was either too strong or has been
adminstered incorrectly. It will be quite some time before
Kalida comes around. Misha at least notices she is breathing,
so he is relieved he hasn't killed her. Shark of course knows
that Kalida is the one person he can rebuild, having a full restore
point for her.
The Seneschals are now sitting down to eat lunch
outside, enjoying and discussing the weather. It's nice and
sunny today, but as winter approaches they will be expecting some
fog. It doesn't take remote sensors for that, so Shark can
take a break.
On board ship, synchronized with Crow Time, it's
time for lunch here too. Shark goes down to check on
Kalida. She's fine, but will be out for a long time. If
she is woken up early, she'll have a headache and need something for
that too. He puts together the cocktail and administers it.
Kalida is somewhat woozy, but without the
headache she would normally have after a trip like that. Shark
tells her lunch is served, and as they walk forward to the lounge
she tells him that she really didn't find out much.
Kalida explains that Drakenfoll is tangled up in
everything. As Shark puts it, the two of them are tangled and
pulling on each other's hair. She asks what the Seneschals
were talking about two hours ago, while she was in her trance.
Shark pulls that up, and says that they were
talking about the vegetable harvest. They were talking about
root vegetables for quite some time. He passes that section on
to Robert to find out if there is any code in this. Shark
simply cannot believe that she is that interested in root
vegetables, but Robert's analysis says it's just what it appears to
Lunchtime has passed, and the two Seneschals have
set off on a walk around the building.
It's a perfect opportunity to invite them
aboard. Misha asks who has experience sapping people.
Kalida insists that does not include her. Shark, however, says
he will sap the Assistant Seneschal if Misha will get the Seneschal
herself. Chuck says he'll do it. Shark suggests that
Chuck sap her, while he tranq-darts the Assistant Seneschal, who
probably does not have chemical contingencies.
Lucas brings the ship down behind them and around
a corner. Shark has prepared a special tranq-dart load for
this purpose, while Chuck has a conventional sap in hand.
Misha has coordinated this perfectly.
Shark and Chuck dash down the ramp and run around
the corner at them. Shark times his shot to coordinate with
Chucks blow. Their victims go down together. Chuck and
Shark haul Beatrice in, while Misha picks up the other.
Once the Seneschals have been "invited" aboard,
Lucas flies up to their original parking position. The two of
them are taken to Sick Bay and scanned thoroughly -- neither of them
have any funny teeth or anything else unusual, much to the surprise
of Shark. Shark then further tranquilizes them both so they
can be brought around predictably.
The Assistant Seneschal is hauled to the Lounge,
while Teri guards Drakenfoll in Sick Bay. Shark returns to
sensor duty. The window of the Lounge is blanked, of course.
Misha suggests that they not interrogate them as
such, but engage them in light conversation.
The A.S. is woken. As he comes around,
Misha asks him if he's ok.
"Yes, I am," he replies slowly.
"Do you know who this is?" asks Misha, indicating
"Yes, of course!"
"She has some questions for you."
The Marchioness says, "What can you tell me about
this, ah, person who is representing herself as the Seneschal?"
The A.S. replies, "She is the Seneschal.
Her name is Beatrice Drakenfoll, and she has just been appointed
"How long ago?" asks Sir Misha.
"A week or so ago? She was on Jewell
when the appointment was made, and she came here immediately to take
up her position."
"What is she planning on doing?" asks the
"She doesn't really have a lot to do. She
is technically in charge here, and of your business in the day to
day running of the Marquisate. She understands that there's an
issue with the palace at the moment."
"And did she know that before she came here?"
"I told her about it before she had a chance to
reveal if she did or not. I've given here a sufficient
briefing, not any more than was necessary. She is perfectly
willing to allow running the Forest Lodge to continue as normal
under my direction. Should anything arise which affects the
large scope of the Marquisate, then she is the authority to
represent you. Of course you are the authority here."
"Where exactly will she be performing her
"She will be here for a while. We will be
setting up an office for her until such time as it might become
possible for her to take up her correct position," the A.S. laughs.
"Does she have any plans for that?"
"I don't know of any practical plans for that."
"How about impractical plans?"
"Aside from sterlize and start again? No, I
don't think that she'll be taking up residence in the palace anytime
"What kind of questions did she ask about the
"She mostly accepted my briefing. She
wanted to know if anyone had been there recently, or if there were
schematics or anything like that. I gave her what was
generally available, you know, the records of the palace are at the
palace and not accessible. Should you not be asking her this?"
"It certainly appears to be a legitimate
"What credentials did she give you?"
"She produced the documentation from the noble
commission for her appointment, and it was all in order. I
found it surprising that there was an appointment at this time, but
it appears that her object is not to interfere with the way things
are currently being run, so there turns out to be no reason to take
issue with the appointment. I quite honestly don't really know
what she'll be doing here because there's nothing to do. It's
a good thing she likes the bourbon."
The Marchioness believes he is technically
telling her the truth. He has told her no lies... but that is
as far as it goes. He has not said anything that was the whole
truth -- this whole conversation is an exercise in constructive
Misha says, "We have had a similar conversation
with her. If you want to keep your position, you need to be a
bit more forthcoming."
The Assistant Seneschal says, "I believe she
would have confirmed everything I have said. Any appointment
is unusual, but this is an unusual place. The timing is
perhaps unfortunate, but you could have appointed your own Seneschal
if you'd have wanted, were they aware of that. She certainly
seems a good candidate, I must say. I believe she has all the
necessary qualities for the job."
"What qualities might that be?"
"The ability to manage a large estate on a day to
day basis, planning logistics, handling anything that might come
The Marchioness says, "And what in her background
would give that impression?"
"She has a background in Imperial Intelligence, I
understand, and comes highly recommended by them. Her
references -- obviously I haven't checked them but they appear
legitimate -- are excellent. I'm sure the Noble Commission
checked the references directly."
Sir Misha says, "Do you consider her loyal to the
"Yes, I would. I see no reason to doubt
this. Certainly she is here on a long term appointment such as
myself. To enter into such a long-term appointment involves a
"And what do you get out of it?"
"Me? Nothing much. I technically get
a person to report to, not that anything much I do here is going to
be anything she could be concerned about. Certainly I am not
profiting by it or anything. It's not like we get a bigger
budget. I lose some technical authority, but in day to day
business it doesn't matter very much. And I get somebody more
on my rank that I can socialize with. Obviously she's going to
be staying here, I mean, where else is she going to go? How
does Her Ladyship feel about this?"
"Her Ladyship feels that you have not been
totally honest and forthcoming."
"I have certainly gone out of my way to say as
much as I could."
"What's preventing you from saying everything
"We've discussed the weather, we've discussed the
harvest, I've introduced her to the bourbon and other products of
this world, we've even talked about the golf course and she thinks
that would be a really nice idea. What more is there to say?"
"Why was she picked for the job?"
"I'm not sure of that. I'm sure that's
something the Noble Commission would have considered carefully
before appointing her. It's not something that occurred to me
to ask, honestly. It never occurred to me to ask her why she
took up this position."
The Marchioness is sure that is a perfectly true
statement. Sir Misha's private thought is that it didn't occur
to him to ask because he already knew, but Kalida is certain it is
the full truth -- it never occurred to him to ask. That was
actually not a deflection.
Technically the Marchioness could make any
appointment she wished and then tell the Noble Commission after the
fact, but from the bureaucratic point of view she should inform the
Commission that she was taking responsibility for appointments
first, so that they can make allowances and pass the responsibility
over. But then, as long as the Commission thinks things were
done in the proper order, that would be fine.
Nevertheless, the interview is over. The
Assistant Seneschal is escorted to a stateroom (with a blank window)
to wait. Nightshade will keep him there.
Now it's time for Beatrice. She is brought
to the Lounge and woken.
"Who are you?" asks Sir Misha, not altogether
"I am her Seneschal now," says Beatrice, nodding
to the Marchioness. "I'm glad I can finally meet her."
The Marchioness says, "It's a shame we didn't do
something about that earlier."
"I am afraid that circumstances did not allow
"And those circumstances would be?"
"Those circumstances would be me having to leave
immediately to take up my appointment. I am aware that is
sounding strange, but I believe you were not officially at the time
"But you knew I was there."
"Yes, I did know you were there. Were
circumstances such that I could have contacted you before
The Marchioness interrupts, "You could have
"No, I could not. I was not in a position
to do so. I apologize for that."
Sir Misha says, "Why not?"
"It was urgent that I leave immediately to take
up this position."
"Again," the Marchioness says, "What was the
Beatrice sighs, "It was... a matter of...
"And that would be what?"
"That it was urgent that I should leave
immediately and take up the position."
"That won't do," says the Marchioness.
"I wish there was more I could tell you at this
point," sighs Beatrice.
"How badly do you wish that," asks Sir Misha.
"Not badly enough to want broken legs or
"Do you know where you are?"
"I am in somewhere with the Marchioness, and you
would presumably be Sir Misha."
"I am. I have no desire yo break your legs,
but I am quite happy to kick you out into space."
"That's something I would really rather not
"I sensed that. It would make it impossible
to carry out any orders you are following."
"That is not strictly correct."
When the laughter in the room dies down, the
Marchioness says, "How far do we need to take this?"
"In what way?"
"Should we actually put you into an airlock
before you would speak, or will you go ahead and start now?"
"No, I'm just not going to not start. I'm
sorry. Is Mr. Teeth on board? He might be able to shed
some light on this... situation... that I could not... technically
shed myself. I'd like to be helpful. I am being as
helpful as I can."
Shark cuts in over the intercom, "What Mama don't
know can't hurt you. Why aren't you telling us?"
Beatrice says brightly, "Oh, I don't suppose
you'd like to come down and help me with this, please?"
"No, I'm busy," says Shark, "And you can help us
"Well," she says, "That's a little tricky."
"So tell us why you can't help us out."
"It's a matter of... um... I mean, I'm sure
there's something you can help this crew out with, if certain...
activities or situations might come up."
"Who is your boss, really?"
"Right now? Technically, my boss is the
"Who gave you the orders to come here?"
Beatrice laughs. She says pensively, "Let
me talk to myself a minute. I have to answer that one
carefully. I mean, hm... I think I can say that I have orders
to come here. If I wished to be misleading, I would say that
the Noble Commission appointed me and directed me to come here, but
that would be a little deceptive as there was some ordering going
back on in the chain. Now, who? I don't think I could
reveal that." She looks up and says, "I'm sure you understand,
Mr. Teeth. You have some familiarity with the community."
"Yes, and I'm also familiar with the rules of
being an interrogatee."
"But it certainly was a surprise appointment."
"Somewhat hasty process."
"A surprise to you?"
"Yes. But it doesn't seem all that
The Marchioness says, "How long was it between
the time that you visited them and the time she was appointed?
"Yes," says Shark.
"Which means it was your fault," says the
Marchioness. Shark acknowledges that.
Sir Misha says, "What have you told the Assistant
"No more than necessary," says Beatrice.
"Were you able to tell him anything that you
can't tell us?"
"I could not tell you that."
Shark asks, "Did you know who really appointed
the Assistant Seneschal?"
"I imagine he was appointed in a similar process
Sir Misha asks, "Was the same organization
"I would imagine that a similar process was in
Shark recalls privately that she had been
extremely surprised to hear about the installation at all, and the
meson guns, but he did tell her everything.
Sir Misha asks her directly, "Were you aware of
the situation at the palace before Shark spoke to you?"
"No, not at all," says Beatrice.
"Everything I knew about Nakege at that point I learned from
"But you were appointed because of the
information he passed to you?"
"The strictly correct answer to that is no,
although that might be a little misleading. It would also be
formally correct to say it was his fault."
The Marchioness asks, "What can you tell us about
the larger picture, the views from further away?"
"I can probably not tell you anything. What
do you know about the larger picture? I don't think I can tell
you anything you don't know about it." She pauses, then
continues, "I am going to be on this world for a long time, whether
as your Seneschal or not. I think you will find me a very
acceptable Seneschal, especially given the larger picture, and it is
my goal to assist you as much as I possibly can. I will say
that the picture is larger than I had anticipated."
"So at least your secondary job is to assist me."
"Oh, at the very least. I believe my
primary job would also consist of assisting you."
"Should my primary job come into play."
"What goals of mine are you to help me out with?"
"Specifically? I presume you want this
place run to it's full capabilities, and to be able to achieve its
potential?" Beatrice spoke that too carefully not to carry a
deeper meaning. "If I knew what you knew..."
Sir Misha laughs, "And if we knew what you knew,
we wouldn't be having this conversation!"
"That is perfectly true, yes. That
statement works on several levels. If you knew what I knew
about... Yes, I want to reclaim your palace. I want to
get all the systems associated with the palace up and running and
The Marchioness asks, "And what do you want to
use those systems for?"
"For what they were originally intended."
Sir Misha says, "Does your job, as far as you can
see right now, require you to act in any way against the current
Marchioness, or the interests of the natives of this planet?"
"No," says Beatrice firmly, but then continues,
"Having said that, it's possible that a situation could arise -- I
think it's pretty much impossible with the current Marchioness --
where I could be in conflict with the holder of the title and would
need to channel their attention to certain directions. I
believe with the current title holder, I would not be acting against
their interests. I would not be acting against the interests
of the people of this world either. My interests are in
keeping Nakege a nice quiet retreat for the Marchioness, and
any other important guests she might choose to bring into a nice
safe retreat. I think that's as clear a statement of my job as
I can make."
Sir Misha says, "It's not typical, as far as I
know, for a palace to have meson guns under it."
"No, I'm sure the one on Mora does, and Regina
probably does as well."
"This is not Regina or Mora,"
says the Marchioness.
"Exactly. That's the point."
"So... what's here?"
"I don't know. I know what... Mr. Teeth
suspected was here. I imagine that from what I have been told
on taking up this position, that there probably are deep meson
sites. Where exactly they are and how to get them operational
is not something I know -- how many, where they are located, ..."
"What are your plans for taking the palace back
"I believe I suggested to Mr. Teeth that we could
bring in a Marine operation to do it. It turns out that was a
little premature, and that is something that definitely cannot
happen. I understand that the attempt to do something with
mercenaries failed spectacularly."
The Marchioness nods, then says, "You said you
did not believe your interests and mine would come into
conflict. What do you understand my interests to be?
Surely that's not a secret?"
"It would appear from all the reports that I've
had, that you are certainly interested in the security of the
Imperium, in a good way."
"People who have the interests and the security
of the Imperium as their main concerns can certainly come into
"Yes. I also didn't say it was your main
concern. But I believe you could be relied upon to act in the
interests of the security of the Imperium in so far as it affects my
operation, my purposes -- I do not think we would come into
"Can you share the latest news you have about
anything I might have been involved in recently?"
"I understand you were involved in the resolution
of the Rebellion."
Sir Misha says, "I'm curious what you know."
"What I know? That you were involved in
certain covert operations that helped bring about the Regency
resolution, and I understand that you were involved in more direct
military action. Many of the details are classified which says
something by itself."
The Marchioness says, "Take note that both sides
of the conflict essentially had the interests of the Imperium as
their main concern, and yet it was a very large conflict. I
hope my interests are clear."
"In terms of conflict between large positions, I
don't think that would actually matter."
Kalida believes that as far as she goes, Beatrice
is making true statements. She seems to have experience in
The Marchioness says, "So at least a short term
goal is to get the palace back, is that right?"
"Yes, although that's more of a medium term goal
"What are your short term goals?"
"Settle in here and find something to do so I
don't get bored."
What Kalida really wants to find out is if she's
INISO, if in the long term she wants to cause trouble in the
Imperium. Of course that's not something Kalida can ask
Sir Misha doesn't feel any such
compunction. He says, "Do you report to INISO in any way?"
Beatrice says firmly and quickly, "No."
Shark follows up, "What can you tell us about
"Well, since you obviously know it exists, that's
a start right there."
"We know who claimed to be its boss."
"That would be Santanocheev, yes. And I
believe that INISO as an organization, as part of the Regency
agreement, is pretty much getting disbanded in theory."
Shark is sure she shares his skepticism. He
says, "Tell us about their operation locally."
"Since I'm not a member of them, and in theory
they don't exist anymore, at some point their operations would
become declassified. They have been running some agent
provocateur operations here, stirring the pot with the Zhodani and
seeing what surfaces. They in particular wanted to find out if
the Zhodani have any advanced weapon systems, anything that hasn't
been revealed or displayed. That seems to have been their main
concern, although I'm pretty sure that's not the case. They've
stirred things up on both sides of the border."
"How do they interact with the FarSpace Service?"
"The FarSpace Service."
Beatrice looks genuinely puzzled. That
seems reasonable -- they operate on the rough borders, and the
border with the Zhodani is not really such a border.
Since they seem done, Sir Misha then escorts her
to a stateroom. It is of course a different one from the
With their guests out of the way, Misha asks if
they want to resort to chemicals, or to take them at their word so
Shark believes a physical inspection of the
grounds without the presence of the two Seneschals would be
advisable, and doors that shouldn't be opened can be opened.
Misha then asks how much they want to hide that
they are on board ship. Should they simply land and let them
off ship, or knock them out and take them back? He thinks
they'll figure out where they are pretty quick.
Shark says they need to knock them out and keep
them that way for at least 12 hours so they don't know how far away
they actually have been. They know they're on a ship, but they
don't know it's invisible. As far as they know, it's hiding in
some canyon somewhere. 12 hours will allow plenty of time for
the inspections, and then they can take them and drop them behind
the house again, having been abducted by aliens for 24 hours.
Misha points out that if they do the inspection
now, the Seneschals will know from the staff that they have been
right nearby. They will have to wait to do the inspection.
Shark says they will need to tell the Forest
Lucas parks Nightshade over the Lodge,
and Kalida calls down and tells them the Seneschals are in
conference and will be returning tomorrow.
The staff believes her absolutely. Clearly
she has instilled enough confidence in them to believe anything she
says at this point, so much so that the servants prepare to dine in
the main dining room tonight instead of their quarters.
Since the Seneschals will be here for quite some
time, Misha thinks they should feed them. Kalida says that if
they don't knock them out now, they will realize how long they've
been away. Even so, Misha insists they give them dinner first,
but to keep the conversation on weather, root vegetables, the last
vacation, and so on. They can talk about their hopes for the
planet in general, but nothing remotely outside the range of light
conversation. Anything controversial must be avoided.
Kalida points out that they should not reveal
exactly which meal this is. It should be generic, not specific
to any time of day.
Chuck is up to the challenge. He produces a
very fine generic meal.
The generic meal was actually around dinner
time. The way the timing works out is they will knock them out
after the meal, then do the inspection tomorrow morning.