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Freefall 0571

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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All this must be easier when you're with your own species.

I can't say. I've never seen another of my own species.

I mean, I've seen them on webcasts, but I've never actually met another Bowman's wolf face to face.

That would be kind of weird. Meeting your own species for the first time.

I just hope when I do meet one, I don't throw my arms open and shout “Doggy!”.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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I've gotten the ship's immune system to accept the new potable water pump motor. Are you ready for a start?

We're good. Start the pump.

YEA! WATER! FLOWING, CRASHING, RUSHING, SPLASHING, GURGLING, UNSTOPPABLE, WATER!

If you and Helix can install the other motors, I'll get the recycling systems and bathroom on line.

Yes, that sounds like a very good idea.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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OW! OW! OW! I was doing pretty well on my injured leg until I went up that ladder.

At least I was able to drop to all fours once I got out of sight. Well, three legs, actually. What an embarrassing way to walk.

I need to get some crutches or a cane. Then it will be obvious I've hurt my leg. Going out on three legs with my hind leg in the air? People would point me at the nearest tree.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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The electric algae is drawing twenty milliamps. Good differential pressure across the resin chambers. Our recycling system is up.

Niomi is mounting the high pressure pump motors. Nothing for me to do but lie back and relax.

Because that's how I'll notice our roof panels are being held on by duct tape.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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Sam must have duct taped the roof panels in place before the storm.

I need to show Sam how to repair things properly. His first instinct is still to reach for a roll of this stuff.

I just hope I'm not too late. Power corrupts, but the power of duct tape corrupts absolutely.

Перефразированное крылатое выражение Джона Актона: “Власть развращает, абсолютная власть развращает абсолютно”

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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I can get the seals for the roof panels now, but the explosive bolts won't be available for a day and a half.

That's the day I have dinner with Winston. Good, there'll be time to drop off the bolts here first.

I need to remember details like that until we know each other better. Some men get so nervous if a lady shows up at the restaurant with a box of explosives.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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All the motors are installed and tested.

Thank you. Do you know where this place is?

Ba Da Boom's Explosives? Hard to say. They've relocated three times in the past six months.

I really don't understand the owner of that place. If my store had done that, I'd have given up smoking long ago.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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Here's the explosive store. It's landed right by the White Pony Mall. You'll be able to pick up your bolts the day after tomorrow.

I need to get some shopping done as well. We can go together, if you don't mind me bringing the kids.

Thank you, and no worries. I love kids.

I hope she gets along with my daughters. It's good to know the ship's engineer, but it's even better to know someone who can baby-sit.

Белый пони – персонаж комикса Crosstime Cafe и обладатель отдельного тега здесь. Видимо, именно в этот момент Марк Стэнли впервые столкнулся с рекламной площадкой для художников-комиксистов, где Фло в короткие сроки станет одним из самых частых персонажей (Robot Spike)

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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You're going shopping with Niomi?

Yes. As well as the bolts, I need to buy clothes.

Oh, the color vision thing.

That, and I'm on new territory. That's always a little uncomfortable.

Department stores really make an effort, though. They have people with perfume sprayers to hide your scent as you enter the store.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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Bye, Niomi. Bye, Tangent.

Do you want some food now?

No, thank you. I'm still not hungry. I'm going to bed. When my blood supply rebuilds, I'll wake up ready to eat anything that even remotely looks edible.

Should my teddy bear be worried?

He's safe as long as he avoids meat sauce.

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