May 30, 2008

The Vignette: Saturday

"You like to talk, don't you, Harrison?"

Harrison thought about it. "Yes, sir, I suppose I do."

"That's fine," said Anderson, "there's nothing wrong with talking. Talking has its place; just remember that there's a time for action also. You feel a sense of duty, Harrison, and that's what's called you here. Trust that sense. It will impose some choices on you which you might interpret as difficult or wrong, and in those times duty must be your watchword. It is a compass. It will light a path in the darkness and hold your hand when you sleep. You must learn to trust it. We deal in horror here, Harrison. You'll come to understand when action is necessary."

Harrison nodded sagely. "What does that mean, sir?"

"Stop talking, Harrison."

The clock ticked over to five.