Editor's Note: I apologize for the use of the various acronyms if they make the conversation too confusing. C1OP = Class one operative which Peter was originally hired in as. MRA = Material Resource Acquisition, a minor position in the EARA which does not require much in the way of special skills. EARA, if you recall, is the Eternal Agressive Revolutionary Army. PE is Population Encouragement. Transit is, of course, like a period of suspended animation or induced coma. It's really used to keep people who are going to be in tight containers for long periods sane, but it is unhealthy.
The actual conversations were much worse for Peter and filled with more jargon-filled language and references. I have simplified them substantially.
"I don't think so," Ierod said, "confused more likely. Has he been trained?"
"No," Pamille replied. "I am going to administer the basic training program for MRA."
"What a waste. Look, why don't you go ahead and give him a C1OP? See how he does?"
"We don't have many left. You talk about wasting resources. It was in transit two weeks too long. Who knows what that did to its..."
“One of Gereltz people was in transit for almost two months and lived.” Interrupted the Ogre. “Remember, he had stuffed himself in to hide from that PULVA raid and shipped himself back here. But no valid claim form came with him and if we hadn’t needed the tube we would never have even looked inside.”
“That’s very amusing, Check, but if I recall that fellow’s brain was a tad on the mushy side.” said Ierod.
I regret now my first opinion of Check, but he was in fact ugly and combative. Yet I came to know that he was one of the “good guys” in the EARA. Like Ierod.
“Yes, not that it matters but it is now just re-spooling transmission records off unclaimed shuttles.”
The obscure talk was again causing me to hyperventilate. “There’s nothing wrong with me!” I screamed out, and followed the protestation with a stream of expletives. The three of them stared at me for a moment.
“Class 1? I don’t think that would be a wise thing to attempt.” Pamille said after I was done.
“Then why not try one of your experimental programs?” Check suggested. “If his mind is mush what difference will it make?”
“I don’t want my reputation further lowered around here. When it goes bad, what will people blame? Me or it?”
“I won’t tell anyone. What about you Check?”
“It seems like a perfect opportunity to try something new.”
“You could always just say he died suddenly.” She was hesitating. “Come on Check, let’s get him to his feet. Central training?” Ierod grabbed one arm while Check grabbed the other.
“No, Diot will probably be in there. Let’s take it back to reclamation. We can do it there.”