SF Drabble #159 “Man”


“Charles Morton Everest.”

“Charles Morton Everest, today is your eighteenth birthday, which is the age of responsibility for humans. In accordance with Union law, you are now required to pledge obedience to the Union Council, to Union Law, and to the Yndag as your racial superiors. Do you so pledge?”

The human paused, then answered. “No.”

“What? Human, the answer is ‘yes’.”

“I do not pledge.”

“Human, you… the penalty for refusal is the mines. You are the offspring of trusted humans. You need not—”

“You have my answer.”

“Fool.” He turned to the usually ceremonial guards. “Take him.”

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