Mandate of Strength
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|Mandate of Strength|
- ""Might makes right.""
"MIGHT MAKES RIGHT."
"Is this one of the new fighters?" The question came from a deep voice that rumbled across the H.E.L.M.'s hangar bay.
With a sigh, Amanda wheeled her creeper out from under the ship and rose to her feet. "Just a prototype, but—"
She dropped her wrench as she found herself face-to-face with Empress Caiatl.
"I mean, yes, your… uh… majesty." Amanda wiped the grease off her palms.
Caiatl laid a hand on the jumpship's hull, fingers delicately brushing the metallic surface. "Crude," she said musingly, "but it evokes power and efficiency."
"Häkke's specialty," Amanda replied. "Function over form."
Amanda chuckled, despite herself. "Yeah… I can drink to that."
Amanda's shoulders relaxed. She leaned against her workbench and waited for the empress to finish her inspection.
"I used to be a pilot," Caiatl said suddenly. "As I soared across the skies of Torobatl, I felt a freedom that eluded me on the ground. As if…" she trailed off, unable to find the words.
"As if you were leaving all your troubles behind," Amanda offered softly. Knowingly.
"Yes," Caiatl said and turned to leave. "I look forward to seeing the prototype in action. You will be the one to fly it?"
"Wouldn't trust it with anyone else."
She nodded a farewell, leaving Amanda to her work.