Codper sat down, “Outrageous. No man of God would ever abuse his position.”
Steve replied, “Colonel, the bible is full of examples. Maybe it’s how you look at it?”
“There is only one way to read the Bible, son. It is . . .”
“Haman, Colonel. He was the vizier of King Ahasuerus. If it wasn’t for Esther the entire Hebrew nation would have been wiped out. And there’s Herod. Judas. Pilate. Simon. All men of power. The bible shows that eventually those who abuse power fail and fall.”
Codper nodded. He had just finished reading Matthew 26 and 27. “Okay, son. I get it, but that still doesn’t excuse the fact of your little monkey fornicating.”
Grenier said, “Colonel, you’re missing the point. This is a fluid experiment. Nothing is set in stone here.”
The Colonel was about to call Grenier son but remembered last night. “What do you suggest we do?”
“Steve, I think this is the best thing to happen. Think of it. Oscar is showing us the development of corruption of power. He’s learned to work the system and is now using it to his advantage. We got two experiments going here.”
Steve took a deep breath. Grenier was right. He looked over to Kelly.
She smiled. Even though it was gross on some levels she also saw it as very sweet. Oscar having a girlfriend or two.
“Okay, we let Oscar continue, but I think we should punish him in some way.”
Codper said, “I’m not likely this one bit. This project seems to me is getting out of hand.”
“In what way?” Grenier said.
Codper remained silent. Civilians he thought. Non believing heathens.
“Colonel, we are gathering information.”
“At the tax payers’ expense.” Codper spat.
Grenier retorted, “And the Military cost what each year?”
Codper stood up.
Grenier stood up and leaned forward. “The project is not in jeopardy, Colonel.”
The two men stared at one another for an undetermined amount of seconds.
Codper blinked again. “A standing army is vital in a world full of evil.”
Grenier answered, “Especially when we are the cause of such evil. Colonel, look, we walked into this project knowing that all sorts of unknowns were going to pop up. This is one. It won’t be the last.”
Codper sat down. “I’m adding this to my report to the Chairman.”
Grenier nodded, “And I’m adding this to my report to the President and Joint Chief of Staff.”
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