Erect and sublime, for one moment of time.
In the next, that wild figure they saw
(As if stung by a spasm) plunge into a chasm,
While they waited and listened in awe.
“It’s a Snark!” was the sound that first came to their ears,
And seemed almost too good to be true.
Then followed a torrent of laughter and cheers:
Then the ominous words “It’s a Boo-”
Then, silence. Some fancied they heard in the air
A weary and wandering sigh
Then sounded like “-jum!” but the others declare
It was only a breeze that went by.
They hunted till darkness came on, but they found
Not a button, or feather, or mark,
By which they could tell that they stood on the ground
Where the Baker had met with the Snark.
In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
In the midst of his laughter and glee,
He had softly and suddenly vanished away – –
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.
– “The Huntin of the Snark” by Lewis Carrol
“Time to open a new Division. We will split up the Section of Urdam Barogh. The first new division will be ASTROCOHORS IV.”
General Lothel made it short. And just as short was his next order: “And you’ll be promoted to Commander.”
Aisha McClure looked a bit baffled. “Me Sir?”
“Of course you. Do you see anybody else here? You’re promoted to Commander, and you’ll be Commander-in-Chief of the new section. You’ve earned it well with your Long work for the organisation. We decided not to call the new section ASTROCOHORS US, although it spans roughly that territory. The new Headquarter will be located in Kettering, near Dayton Ohio.”
Then the General looked worried. “I have a bad feeling about all this”, he said. “The war is still going on and there may be more coming up soon.”
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