Written 17 May, 2007
The United States of America vs. Sweetie
VIII. The Incident at the Teleport Hub
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: Will you please describe the incident at the teleport hub?
Sweetie: Objection, Your Blueyedness! What incident is Diva talking about?
Judge Camper: Oh, come on, Sweetie! Everyone knows what happened. It was in all the papers. What other incident could it be? Overruled.
Sweetie: (Pouting). I’ve been responsible for lots of incidents.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: Why am I not surprised?
Sweetie: I have this bustier that predictably causes a riot whenever I wear it.
Judge Camper: Overruled, Sweetie. Unless you would like to show it to me.
Sweetie: I would like to enter my bustier as Defense Exhibit A. And my CFM pumps as Exhibit B.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: Your honor, objection!. The defense can’t enter evidence now. This is my witness.
Judge Camper: I’m not going to take a chance on her changing her mind. Overruled. Bustier is in evidence. Get back to your witness, counselor.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: Mr. Linden, please describe the incident.
Transitauthority Linden: I was scripting. I know I’m not supposed to on duty, but it was a slow day. Hardly anyone was jumping. Then I became aware of the accused.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: What was she doing?
Transitauthority Linden: Nothing. She was just one hot avatar. And I became er, aware of her.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: And she refused to take her shoes off at the security counter?
Sweetie: Objection, Your Sinatraness! I wasn’t wearing shoes. I never wear shoes!
Cheyenne Palisades: She forgets to put them on. I can vouch for that.
Transitauthority Linden: The rule says you have to take your shoes off. The fact that she wasn’t wearing any in no way excused her from that requirement.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: So the defendant refused to take off her not-shoes.
Transitauthority Linden: Yes she did.
Sweetie: How positively Piccardian this is! Not-shoes. Not-date.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: Then what happened?
Transitauthority Linden: She began tweaking the textures of the main scanning device.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: This is a crime?
Transitauthority Linden: Of the highest order. Damaging Federal property.
Sweetie: I didn’t damage it, you idiot! I made it better! The verticals were out of alignment!
Judge Camper: You’ll get your turn to question this witness, Sweetie. And in that bustier, I hope!
Cheyenne Palisades: Your Honor, I move that the defendant not be addressed publicly as Sweetie.
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Judge Camper: And why is that, Ms. Palisades?
Cheyenne Palisades: Sweetie is my private name for the defendant, Your Honor.
Judge Camper: And what would you have us call her?
Cheyenne Palisades: I don’t know. Just not Sweetie.
Judge Camper: Very well. Just-Not-Sweetie, you’ll get your turn to question this witness. In that provocative bustier.
Sweetie: I figured it would save time if I questioned him now.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: What happened when you approached the defendant about her not-shoes?
Transitauthority Linden: You mean Sweetie?
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: I mean Not-Sweetie.
Transitauthority Linden: She pulled out a Japanese sword and cut off my head.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: Your honor, I would like to introduce into evidence the head of Transitauthority Linden.
Transitauthority Linden: Hey! You said you would just take a picture of it and then I could have it back!
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: There’s a lot at stake here, Mr. Linden. You’ll get your head back eventually.
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Transitauthority Linden: I’ve never lost a head before. It’s not good for a Linden to lose his head. I could get fired for this.
Transitauthority Linden: Second. RL. Phone.
Transitauthority Linden: I was just fired.
TRANSITAUTHORITY LINDEN, YOUR GOD MODE POWERS HAVE BEEN REVOKED.
TRANSITAUTHROITY LINDEN, HENCEFORTH YOU WILL BE KNOWN AS TRANSITAUTHORITY OH.
Transitauthority Oh: Rats.
Imsonotadiva Bartlett: What happened then?
Transitauthority Oh: We would have been in real trouble, but fortunately the parcel was full and she couldn’t materialize her heavy weaponry. She calmly finished texturing the scanning machine and then walked away.
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Imsonotadiva Bartlett: And what did you do?
Transitauthority Oh: I filled out an enemy of the state form on her. And an enemy combatant form. And I alerted Teleport Tom and we went from Condition Happy to Condition Concerned.
Thank you, Mr. Oh. You may step down.
Cheyenne Palisades: Your honor, cross!
Cheyenne Palisades: I have just two questions for you, Mr. Oh.
Transitauthority Oh: Oh?
Cheyenne Palisades: That’s what I said. Mr. Oh.
Transitauthority Oh: Oh.
Cheyenne Palisades: Oh.
Transitauthority Oh: Oh!
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Cheyenne Palisades: And my first question for you is this…
Cheyenne Palisades: Did my Sweetie’s texturing result in any decrease in the efficiency of the scanning machine?
Transitauthority Oh: No. In fact, she added a cool scanning sound from Star Trek. Scares the shit out of terrorists. And newbie TSA agents.
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Cheyenne Palisades: And here’s my second question—did the scanner look better after she tweaked it?
Transitauthority Oh: Oh, my, much better! It’s no longer an ugly gray metal box. Now it looks like a psychedelic flower. Or maybe art nouveau. Way cool. It’s one of a kind. The agents on the gates all fight over it.
Cheyenne Palisades: Thank you. (Starts to walk away, then gets a Perry Mason look). Oh!
Transitauthority Oh: That’s me.
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Cheyenne Palisades: You don’t miss your head very much, do you?
Transitauthority Oh: I was sort of attached to it, but no, not so much. It wasn’t much of a head anyway. I’m using this .5 x .5 x .5 plywood prim as a replacement. Someone left it unattended at the teleport hub, and I got to it before they could blow it up. It’s sort of growing on me. I’m not even that mad at Diva for confiscating my other head.
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