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28 April 2019 @ 10:57 pm
_Guardsman_ part 52  


Election Day

“For better or worse, this is the last time we have to do this.” Izzo stepped out of the Limo, waving to the crowd. Calcutta . . . I remember the first time I was here! Chasing down those odd people, whom I was beginning to realize weren’t infiltrators from Comet Fall.

His grin widened as he remember his first encounter with survivors of Rangpur, eleven centuries in the past—and in deep trouble. Not they didn’t escape after twelve-year-old Qamar power punched him off the train platform.

Fortunately there was no train coming, and it all worked out in the end.

He shook hands, spoke to the crowd form fifteen minutes, then ducked back into the aircar and whisked back to the limo waiting at the corridor.

Aukland, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Peking, Tokyo yesterday.

Because it simply couldn’t all be done in 24 hours. Even using the fast room to sleep. Which felt like cheating, but . . .

Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Tehran, Dimasq, Cairo.

The aircar, that had the guards chewing their fingernails, was riding on a low trailer. When he couldn’t speak right by the corridor, it was the only way to avoid hours in traffic.

A fast wave in Paris, since he had to pass through anyway.

Nairobi, Johannasburg. Leap the Ocean to Montevideo, Caracas, New York, San Francisco.

He took a breather in Honolulu, long enough to catch a solid eight hours asleep in the fast room, then a shower at the Hotel, a change of clothes, and he was back to shaking hands and talking. Then they jumped to Anchorage in their twilight for one last speech.

Four hours to midnight, when the polls would close.

And then he was mostly done. Called in a couple of interviews while they corridored all the way to Paris.

Where it was almost noon the next day, and the polls had been closed for twelve hours. Of ten referred to as “half a day of second guesses and regrets.”

He made his entrance stopping at the top of the steps to wave and, shake a few hands, then into the party.

Quite sober, so far. He glanced at the big screen, showing the countdown to the official results being released.

“Made it with ten minutes to spare.”

/// Then the chapter with the Directorate students watching the election ///


A Party with One Winner and A Whole Bunch of Losers

“Are you insane?”

Izzo grinned. “Problem Ajha?”

“Yes. Are you replacing Ajki at Interior?”


“Black Point, your wife’s Uncle. And how about your Presidential Director?”

“Crap, you’re right. Ox. Xiat’s half cousin. And you.”

“Also a cousin. You can’t have three Black Pointers. I highly recommend Wxxo. Good organizer, well known as a no nonsense organizer.”

“All right. You’re off the hook. This time.” Izzo clicked off, glanced over at Exle. “Well, I’ve got Presidential and Interior Directors. I just have to talk with my second choices at Exterior, and I’ll look like I’m well prepared.”

Urfa grinned. “So shall I send transport for all concerned?”

“Sure, umm, Ox’s two older kids are in NewYork, but since thy worked in my campaign . . .”

“I just happen to have a car and driver rather near the School.” Urfa grinned. “Ox is a damned good choice. You need a director you can trust to not do anything . . . dubious unless there is no other way and it really has to be done. You need to know that he won’t cut corners.”

(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2019 04:24 am (UTC)
This is the second part 52. That means it is doubly awesome!

(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2019 06:24 am (UTC)
A thought, IIRC closed ends of a corridor (or at least a closed Bag) can be carried through another corridor, why isn't whichever department is responsible for funding candidate safety temporarily hiring corridors or bags for transporting candidates to all the secured locations they need to get to from other secured locations (in the cases of bags, they could be used to create temporary corridors from the long-distance corridors to the local campaign speech sites)?

It should even prove to be cheaper than having to secure transit routes in traditional ways (& then there's the question of hiring Ra'd & any other Warriors who've mastered teleporting to be backup rescue teams wherever possible).
(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2019 01:22 pm (UTC)
Didn't the Council mandate the environmental control/cleanup checkpoints at the end of every corridor?

matapampamuphoff on April 29th, 2019 02:33 pm (UTC)
After it was pointed out that *of course* they always put "keep away" spells and weak screens on corridors, and everyone complained about the delay for no reason, they stopped.
(Anonymous) on April 29th, 2019 04:23 pm (UTC)
And the subminister chairing the committee "fainted" before he could respond when Q asked "Did you think we were idiots or something..."? :P
matapampamuphoff on April 29th, 2019 04:57 pm (UTC)
"We can't have water lizards--I think you call them alligators or some such--showing up all over the kingdom. Mind you, for the really big things--elephants and dinosaurs--we also use physical barriers." She paused, frowning. "You Oners do know how to deal with insects magically . . . don't you?"

Edited at 2019-04-29 04:58 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on April 30th, 2019 12:57 am (UTC)
Oh, I was having fun with the idea of The Fiend being the moderating influence on the politicians.

See, I figured they'd want to avoid Ajha as they'd be aware he has no respect for High Oner Politicians who's only relevance is that they are High Oner Politicians, and with Fean now in academia (Post-Doc?) doing work derived from her experience of Fallen magicians, someone who didn't know her might think she'd be a more polite (to her "masters") choice for the Oner side of the "technical advice" team...
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on April 30th, 2019 01:47 am (UTC)
Perhaps make it clearer that ++ send transport for all concerned?”== is so as to be all prepared for a victory ==

As Urfa was not prepared twenty years previously.
matapampamuphoff on April 30th, 2019 02:11 am (UTC)
The second scene is after the results are in. It will, in theory, be more clear with the kid's election watch scene in between.

Izzo's calling his picks for directors. And the kids will be up on the platform for the inauguration. And Poppy, Ajki and Jay, plus whoever he's decided on for Exterior. Izzo's first act will be the official appointment of the three directors.

Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on April 30th, 2019 02:19 am (UTC)
Thanks, but there is four days before the inauguration so your text is getting the new directors AND their kids for the putative victory party, not the swearing-in

==The election is the twenty-fifth of Shawwal. The newly elected president—and councilors, governors and whatnot, all the way down—is sworn in on the Twenty-ninth of Shawwal, so they have all of Ramadan to get organized for the first official session of the new
matapampamuphoff on April 30th, 2019 02:42 am (UTC)
Three days, by now. I'll clarify that the kids are being fetched for the inauguration, as well as this being after the election results are in and certified.
(Anonymous) on April 30th, 2019 07:27 am (UTC)
'He shook hands, spoke to the crowd form fifteen minutes' FORM should be FOR.

'since thy worked in my campaign' THY should be THEY.