This week with Arlene and Jeff:
...Arlene sat up in the command chair and turned to her father, speaking aloud as well as mentally. "Daddy, I could take that little scout ship that I trained on in the simulator…"
"You mean the mission where you died? Not no, but hell no."
"But in the sim, they didn't detect me when I was sitting right next to their base…"
"No! End of conversation, Wife. But just like on that mission, we wait and listen. We will know more before I put lives at risk. Besides," he said, knowing he was going to get her full attention, "First Officers don't go off in scout ships on dangerous missions; they make decisions, and then send someone else to do the spying."
"But you went on missions all the time," she countered almost defiantly.
"Yeah, and how many have I gone on in the last two years, huh? The General promoted me right out of combat," he finished, his voice sour.
"But you went on the avalanche control helicopter this morning," his daughter-wife pointed out. "By using your own logic, you should have sent someone else."...
Have a goodun;