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Chapter 10 - The Adjudicator[]

Royal Palace
Tharkad City, Tharkad Star System
August, 3159

[After the Livenet connection, Rasalhague/Asgard to Tharkad ends...]

"Good work." Trillian Steiner-Davion said.

"No, terrible work." Clarissa said, "They didn't buy it, the jury will acquit. They know a crime took place. They know what the crime was, but I don't have the golden ticket."

"What's the golden ticket?" asked Trillian

"A Perpetrator." Clarissa stated, "We don't have more than a few million suspects, with no more description than 'likes to wear white robes' and 'wants to rule the Inner Sphere from behind the scenes'."  she shook her head, "THAT a jury wants blood, but they're not picky about whose-yours is just as good for rubbing their faces in the fact they got snookered."  she stuffed her PADD back in her briefcase, "Hence, why I wanted to go to Kittery and poke around. To see if I could scare up someone who might know someone who might know something. A name or a few names. even references." she shook her head, "Too late now.  I'm sorry, Your Majesty."

Trillian grabbed her shoulders, "Get me answers I can use then, dammit. Go to Kittery. Take what you need, find me something I can use."

"Aye Mum." Clarissa said it without thinking, "Sorry. Yes, Your Majesty."

"What's with the 'mum' thing? Sharon Ngo does it all her officers do it..." asks Trillian

"Tradition, Majesty." Clarissa said, "It kind of gets drilled in right along side the invective and invoking Finagle for risky ventures."

"Pack heavy. Your flight leaves tonight."

"Yes, Your majesty...what ship?" asks Clarissa

That was a good question.  Which ship? thought Trillian

"I'll have Emily contact you."

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