1. On the Shortband
On the Shortband by Mar'isu 10/3/2006
"All units report in, we have an unidentified Caucasian male aged 45 to 50 on the corner of King's Cross and Rangeline. He may be armed."
"This is Unit 923, we have visual confirmation." Pause. "He's got a sword and seems to be fighting someone who's not there. Dispatch, please advise."
Longer pause. "Unit 923, this is Dispatch, do not, repeat, do not escalate the situation. Try to resolve this peacefully."
"Roger, will co." Slam of car door. Heavy footsteps. "Sir? Sir, you need to put the weapon down."
"I do not surrender Andúril to any man."
"You can't use your sword, sir. Are you lost? Where are you from?"
Suspicious. "Why do you want to know? I am a Ranger, from everywhere and nowhere."
"Sir, it's not safe for you on the streets; you need help."
Playing along. "It is never safe, and we all need help. Forgive me if I startled you."
Back in car. "Dispatch, contact the local loony bins, somebody's missing a Ranger Aragorn. Also, that sword and gear are the real stuff, has the local SCA chapter had a charity auction recently?" To partner. "Can you believe the kind of freaks we get around here?"
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