“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” –Thoreau

24 October 2009

Episode three is complete.

MA WEI
Everything is as we expected.

JOE
Looks like you’ve managed to disarm our loaded gun.

CHARLIE
How’d ya knock her out?

MA WEI
Highly concentrated drip of valerian and Jamaican Dogwood.

Charlie is surprised.

MA WEI
Sometimes the old remedies are the best.

                       
ALETTA GUZMAN
We’ll be able to protect her until the hearing is over.

JOE
Protect her. Don’t you mean control her?

ALETTA GUZMAN
You understand our situation, Doctor Kricke. Don’t act like you think she’s harmless.

JOE
She’s a teenager. This is inhumane.

ALETTA GUZMAN
Despite all your noble allusions, Doctor, Katarina Rodriguez is a member of this community now. She can never again use that excuse.

Aletta Guzman starts down the hallway, with Joe at her side. Charlie and Ma Wei follow them.

ALETTA GUZMAN
She’s already caused enough trouble for ten wards, and she’s only likely to trigger more. I don’t believe even you want the proverbial loaded gun in the hands of teenager?

Joe reluctantly shakes his head.

ALETTA GUZMAN
Neither do I. Even if she is my granddaughter.