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General Order No. 1
by Joseph DeRepentigny

The Commander looked over the new recruit with some amazement. He was a squat little guy with orange hair and three eyes. He’d seen this type before in the vids and knew they were a large part of Southern society. Mostly farmers and basic laborers they’d recently won the right to better themselves. The Commander didn’t care. He wasn’t a fan of the caste system himself. He was born to the military life and often dreamed of being just a simple merchant anyway he looked at the recruit with wonder this was the first Southerner he’d ever seen up close.

“New to the Martian Defense Fleet?” he asked.

“Yes Sir!” the recruit replied with the typical Southern Martian Treble.

The commander nodded with approval. Most new recruits Northern or otherwise gave a less than enthusiastic reply. For them it was mandatory to spend two standard years in the service.

“So are you ready to become a space hero?”

“I am ready to serve the Martian Empire!”

“Then tell me General Order Number One!”

The recruit opened his mouth and then closed it.

The Commander smiled and nodded. “They don’t teach that.”

“They don’t sir?”

“No, it is something you only learn out here in space.”

The recruit nodded and looked at the Commander for the answer.

Grinning the Commander said. “General Order Number One is “When in doubt kill all humans.” If you follow that out here you cannot go wrong.”

“Are we at war with them?”

“No, but remember. We may be green but we aren’t Earth friendly.”

Originally from Massachusetts Mr. DeRepentigny now lives in the Atlanta area. A former DeVry student and computer professional he presently works as a Government Employee with over 15 years of service. A member of the Georgia Writer's Association, to date he has published 46 short stories in a variety of venues both online and in print. (Presently Unagented)  Contact Joseph.