EUREKA'S RULES

By Aesop

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the show, Eureka, or any of the characters, and no profit is earned in writing this.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I noted that no one at had yet put up a story like this for Eureka and wanted to be the first. Thanks to Storyseeker for proofreading this story.

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The list was intact, Jack noted. There were some minor changes here and there. Rule 18, for instance, was written in sky blue crayon instead of canary yellow. There was a thumb print next to rule 20, made in a substance Jack still didn't want identified. For the most part, however, everything was the same. There was also an extra entr. It was in Andy's very precise hand.

61. Although Dr. Asimov had some good ideas, the three laws weren't deemed appropriate for a peace officer. Stop trying to use them to wiggle out of traffic tickets.

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Tess was not a happy scientist. She had spent a year of her life building what turned out to be a billion dollar lightning rod. Fargo may have apologized, and that still amazed her, but she felt something more was in order.

62. Even highly classified projects require oversight. Secrets have consequences. Expensive and painful consequences.

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Jack wasn't sure who had put 63 on the list, but there was a town full of suspects. He doubted that General Mansfield would be pleased if he saw it, but then he'd probably consider the entire list a security breach.

63. Don't build machines that change people's moods. An anger ray? Really? Has that ever ended well?

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Jack read the latest entry and sighed. He knew skipping Space Week was a good idea. He was a little surprised by Alison, but it was understandable. She was still adapting and literally didn't know her son. That had to be rough. He frowned over the entry, though. That couldn't be Mansfield's handwriting, could it? Not the response he would have expected from the general.

64. Felons and expensive top-secret projects do NOT mix well.

The next entry was in Jo's distinctive hand. Jack let out a low whistle, hoping for his former deputy's sake that Mansfield didn't see it.

64a. Neither do stars on the shoulders and properly run criminal investigations.

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Jack placed the next entry himself. He would never tell anyone that he had resorted to 'eenie meenie minie mo' to choose between the detonator and the defuser. Fargo would pass out on the spot if he found out how close his head and body had come to taking separate vacations.

65. Potentially dangerous equipment in GD storage rooms needs to be clearly labeled.