Balance

Embers are Hot pt 2

9th of Harvester 383ONT, 923pm, The Accidental Pudding Inn, Port District, High Port, Elven Court.

“I Didn’t mean to, I’m sorry… I thought…” Douglas stammered under Maddax’s interrogation

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“You thought? You Thought! No one pays you to think Douglas, you see four intruders come on our ship and you abandon your post to save a single crew member” The Goblin stood on his bench leaning over the small table in the corner of the Accidental Pudding. They had thought a table would be discreet enough, but the story being received from one of his guards was infuriating. . “She was in trouble… she’d told me some of the troubles with her ex-husband… Aled… he’s been tracking her across Argyle. I saw that the Master Gunner and the Bosun were facing off with them, I figured I would get her to safety then come back and support… I didn’t think th…” again Douglas was cut off . “No, you didn’t think… and three people are dead because of it. I’m going to ask you a few questions, please answer them as best you can… when there is an intruder on the ship what do you do?” Maddax’s words were an icy whisper that gave Douglas the chills. He ran his hand over his bald head before responding

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“Well, this was a different situation… I knew who they were after and…” . “WHEN THERE IS AN INTRUDER ON THE SHIP DOUGLAS… WHAT DO YOU DO?” The Goblin forced the words out with as little venom as he could manage… he saw the man’s shoulders slump . “Raise the Alarm, Secure the Captain, Engage and/or detain the Enemy while the Officers arrange the crew” Maddax stared at him for a long moment

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“Did you follow the protocol?”

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“Come on Mr. Maddax… I said this was different, the Bosun and the Master Gunner were already there… I said I was sorry…” . “You’re sorry? YOU’RE SORRY! COME HERE… RIGHT NOW!” He jumped from the table and stormed across the common room, Douglas hurried to follow him. Maddax marched down the hall and pushed open to the Med Ward, where three wrapped hammocks lay near the door. “I figured we could come on in here so we can tell Sara that you’re sorry, I’m sure that will make everything ok” Maddax cursed at the human.

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“Come on Maddax, that’s not fair” the Boulder Josiah said having heard the last of the exchange and turning from Talathan’s bed. Maddax fixed the Boulder with a deadly stare before continueing

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“Let’s ask George how fair is it? Let’s ask him if he accepts your apology for not doing your GODS BE DAMNED JOB!” The goblin said fury in his voice “What about Jonus? Do you think he’s ok with your apology?” The big man said nothing in return, he merely stared at the three wrapped corpse’s lip shuddering but refusing to cry.

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“I didn’t want anyone to get hurt” was all Douglas could muster. The Goblins yellow eyes flared at this, he turned to point to the beds but the Boulder stepped in

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“No… you’ve made your point, and I have patients who need their rest…if this must continue, take it somewhere else” the Cleric was implacable in his stature and the Goblin at last gave him a firm nod opening the door and leaving with Douglas. They only made it a few steps into the hall before the Goblin turned back to face him. This time his face was a little softer

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“I don’t think you acted with malice Douglas, but you did break protocol, and you left your post… I can’t have someone like that on the Guard, when we make mistakes, people die.”

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“What am I supposed to do? Where am I gonna go… this was the bestest job I ever had” Douglas asked, at last tears running from his eyes. Maddax met the look, but did not flinch back

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“I don’t know Douglas, you can come back tomorrow and collect the last of your wages and things from Bronwyn, but today I need you to turn in your magic shield and leave, your time with the Guard on the Champions Fist is over” Maddax said holding out his hands. The big man took the shield strapped to his shoulder and turned it over to Maddax, he then took a shuddering sigh as they went back to the common room and collected his trunk of things, from here Maddax walked him to the door and escorted him out into the night.

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