By Robert Asprin
Captain Willard Phule has whipped his troops into form, turning Phule’s corporation from the laughingstock of the Legion into…a crack group of on line casino safety guards. Now his corporation is deployed to assist an underdeveloped planet. And what greater approach to make the most of their significant quarter of expertise—goofing off—than to show the planet into the most important intergalactic playground ever?
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Well, he's gotten away for the moment," Phule said. "You two men return to your posts, and keep your eyes open. " "Got it already, darlin'," came the voice from his wrist communicator. " "Good," said Phule, musing. Well, he'd figure it out soon enough. " "Nothin' we can use, sweetie, but we've got other news. We found out we'd recorded his conversation with the man he fought. It's in Japanese, but we've run it through a translator. I don't want to jump to conclusions, but Lieutenant Rembrandt's all in a sweat-the poor girl thinks Sushi might be about to defect.
Brandy liked it that way. As he entered the casino, Rev cast a solemn eye upon the busy gambling tables, the scantily clad waitresses, the bustling bartenders, and the fevered patrons. Sprinkled throughout the crowd, conspicuous in their black Legion uniforms, were the guards-the ones he had been called to minister to. "This is my portion, then," he murmured to himself. "A chance to follow in the King's footsteps. " Then he said aloud to Phule, "Captain, I'll ask your permission to stop here for a while and meet the people I'll be serving.
Ditto," said Escrima. "Without Sushi, I wouldn't have two nickels to rub together. " "Yeah, he's been lending me enough to scrape through, too. I'm gonna owe him a bundle next paycheck, though. " "I didn't think you did," said Escrima, nodding. "But he won't be going anywhere-too many people owe him. Let's hope he's not selling our markers to the Yakuza. I hear those boys play really dirty with deadbeats. So hurry up and find him-I don't like owing him three months' pay, and he's one of us. " "Yeah, at least Soosh won't break your legs if you miss a payment," said Do-Wop.
A Phule and His Money by Robert Asprin