Freefall 2461 - 2470 (D)
Freefall 2461

Florence gets out for a walk

FLAT ON THE GROUND NOW! Uhm… Okay. I guess that will do. Stay still, the capture drone will pick you up.
At least I'm out of the cold. Comfortable, even if there isn't a lot of room.
I mean, REALLY comfortable. I've never been in a capture drone before, but I'm thinking a mini bar isn't standard.

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Freefall 2462

Florence gets out for a walk

There goes our forty million! All because you couldn't do what needed to be done!
Forty million! That could buy passage for every one of our relatives to this planet! Here, they would at least have the opportunity for a good life!
Ever hear the phrase “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”?
Yes. It sounds very good until you're designated as one of the few.

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Freefall 2463

Florence gets out for a walk

There's still a chance we can make money on this.
I say we come clean. We get the robot and call the commander.
Coward. The robot said what it was doing was legal. You know what I say?
I say we're hosed. Let's come clean and call the base commander.
Nice to know we're in agreement.

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Freefall 2464

Florence gets out for a walk

So that's a Bowman's Wolf. Question is, what is it doing here?
The obvious answer would be that it's looking for Doctor Bowman.
Safest thing to do is keep it in the drone until the fabber can print off a remote. Don't let it know Doctor Bowman is here and don't let Doctor Bowman know it's here.
Suppose Doctor Bowman already knows it's here?
Darn it! I knew we needed a better firewall on that coffee machine!

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Fabber is a 3D printer. Today they can print only the bodies of electronic devices, in the Freefall world they are apparently able to create whole devices.
Also, the “Internet of Things” in action. (KALDYH)

Freefall 2465

Florence gets out for a walk

Commander, one of my wolves has made it all the way to my front door. Surely you're going to allow me a visit?
No. It's too dangerous.
I'm old. My reflexes are much slower now. She'll be fine.
The answer is still no.
Drone feed just went dead.
How long have you been able to hack the drone?
That's not important. What is important is I gave you the chance to save face and agree with me. Isn't that proof I've mellowed enough to have visitors?

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Freefall 2466

Florence gets out for a walk

Control signal lost. Drone in autonomous mode. Occupant detected. Beacon located. Descending into containment compound.
Enter the containment building. Noxious gas will be released in thirty seconds. Enter the containment building.
Fence. Barbed wire. Gas cylinders on the outside of the fence. They planned well except for the tiny detail of the locked door.

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Freefall 2467

Doctor Bowman, I presume?

Come in! Come in, and know me better, wolf. You have never seen the like of me before!
I'm Doctor Bowman. You've done well. I never expected one of you to ever find me.
You're Doctor Bowman?
I know, I know.
Somehow, you expected me to be taller.

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The doctor's first words are similar to the Ghost of Christmas Present's address to Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol. Not only does the Doctor borrow his name from the character in “2001: A Space Odyssey”, but he also finds similarities with his other characters. Mark Stanley is a humble template bender. (Robot Spike)

Freefall 2468

Doctor Bowman, I presume?

Safety first. Put on this transponder. No arguments.
I've activated my shock collar. If I get within one meter of you, it will shock the monkey snot out of me.
This is my tantrum room. We'll be able to talk here. If we disagree, there's plenty of targets for me other than you.
This is not how I pictured meeting my creator at all.

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The phrase spoken by Dr. Bowman is a reference to the song “Shock the Monkey” (KALDYH)

Freefall 2469

Doctor Bowman, I presume?

Doctor Bowman. Put the wolf in the security airlock. We'll take it from there.
No can do, Commander Poopy Head. Unauthorized biological. Quarantine is in effect.
We'll wear isolation suits.
Yes, except that someone stuck a screwdriver through the inner door. You'll trigger lab sterilization procedures. Fuel air mist. Fire. Of course, I'll have rushed in to save my work.
Doctor, are you holding yourself hostage again?
Well, you can't expect me to hold the puppy hostage. We've barely met and I'm still trying to make a good first impression.

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Freefall 2470

Doctor Bowman, I presume?

Doctor Bowman, I want the wolf out of there. You are too dangerous.
I am dangerous. However, I know my limitations. I can compensate.
Besides, aren't you happier knowing that I designed your brain instead of some dumb old human?
See? She's thrilled. Now stop making me angry. I don't like me when I'm angry.

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Dr. Bowman quotes “The Incredible Hulk”

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