Micro-Snippet of F.L. 5 – rough

-Gordon is the only Derf I’ve sat and talked with, and that in a group.”

Strangelove’s face changed, and it wasn’t a cute smirk with the corners curled up.

“OK, you flashed on something strong there, but I can’t read what,” Jeff admitted. “Is there a problem between you and Gordon?”

“No, not at all, not a problem. Its difficult to explain. Name who comes to mind if I say: The greatest Human military strategist who ever lived.”

“Sun Tzu,” Jeff said without hesitation.

“I haven’t heard of him, but as you are learning, we tend to only be taught what applies to our specialty in the clan,” Strangelove said. “But imagine if I said to you. I’m happy to sit and chat with you, because my contact with Humans has been limited. The only fellow I’ve ever chatted with was Sun Tzu.”

“That… might be a little intimidating,” Jeff admitted.

“It has to be rough for Garrett,” Strangelove said, “because he’s Champion and head of the military, but when it comes to space warfare and strategy all he can really do is turn Gordon loose to do his thing and be glad he has him. There really isn’t any way he could pretend to direct him without looking ridiculous.”

“No one person can’t know everything,” Jeff said. “We all depend on others who have specialties. But I don’t want to talk to you about military tactics. I’m not terribly interested in that, so there no need to compare yourself to Gordon that way. If fact I never talked space warfare with him and likely never will. I want to get a feel for Derf personalities. At least you do show emotions on your face. Even if I can’t read them well, it’s a start.”

“You should watch some children’s videos,” Strangelove suggested.

“Now that’s nothing I expected to hear,” Jeff said. “Tell me why.”

“They exaggerate all the facial expressions and emotions in their voices to beat the kids over the head with the message. Not ever cub is destined to be a great thinker you know. You will see what Derf consider their basic values they wish youth to learn. We may not all manage to live those values perfectly, but as you said, it’s a start. You can’t even tell if somebody is being a jerk if you aren’t sure what they are supposed to do by local standards.”

“I think you are basically describing a morality play,” Jeff said. “If they are for children then I imagine they are all in Derf.”

“Yes, but the auto-translation is pretty good now and it can caption while you hear the Derf. It wouldn’t kill you to learn a little Derf,” Strangelove suggested.

5 Responses to Micro-Snippet of F.L. 5 – rough

  1. Bruce March 19, 2019 at 3:01 pm #

    looking to be an interesting story line….

    simply so you can fix it before publishing third to last para. reads ““They exaggerate all the facial expressions and emotions in their voices to beat the kids over the head with the message. Not ever cub is destined to be a great thinker you know. ” ever should be every

    • Mac March 24, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

      Thanks. The less I send to readers to fix the better.

  2. Sarah March 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm #

    Thank you foe the little piece! It makes it worth it to check back every couple of days. Keep up the great work!

  3. Mike Weatherford March 20, 2019 at 7:05 pm #

    Torture us with bits and pieces. Torture us every day, if you wish. I, at least, can take it. . . I think! 8^)

  4. Silke March 22, 2019 at 11:32 am #

    Thanks for the snippet 🙂

    A good imagination is something really horrible!
    I am one of those you sometimes can understand -only- because you know me a while.
    So my imagination runs along other people with their social incompetences just fine – in your case with Jeff – and played out a really interesting sequence with a lot possibilities 🙂

    Looking forward to your version!
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