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Freefall 1511

Dog Pound break out

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You're no student of Terran history. How did you choose these documents?

Commnet Recommendation. They're the most popular downloads among robots looking at how humans made the transition from peasants to citizens.

I so need to talk to Ecosystems Unlimited about their robots.

That's some good writing. Just reading the titles makes her want to bust out of here.

Woof!

Dog Pound break out

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You want to talk to Ecosystems Unlimited? Let's go!

Sam, I appreciate what you're trying to do for me. I really do.

I can't disobey a direct order. Like it or not, the Mayor is authorized to give me commands. I have to stay here.

Now what?

Free food, a roof over our head, and running water. I've gotten us thrown out of places with less class than this.

Dog Pound break out

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May I borrow these? Thanks. QWERTY, GRAB A LIGHTER AND GET IN HERE!

HEY!

COMBUSTION! FLAMES… Threatening the occupants… I can… I MUST evacuate them!

You singed my tail!

You were about to sit in a dog pound all day. Someone had to light a fire under it.

Dog Pound break out

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Qwerty, I'll take care of this little dog. You should go home.

Woof!

Yes. I can go home now.

Sam, you're a thieving rascal who I wouldn't trust with a burnt out match, but there are times (very rare times) that I'm glad you're around.

Give me back my fingers.

Oh, sure. Try to get some compensation for a good deed and all of a sudden I'm the bad guy again.

Dog Pound break out

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Are you thinking of going back in there?

I am. Direct authorized orders cause shifts in how my brain processes serotonin. It's like a targeted Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Then, since you see me as your authorized and handsomely tentacled captain, I'm giving you a direct order to be free and go anyplace you please.

Woof!

Though if you do go back in, I've got a great rescue plan involving a dirigible, two ducks, and half a ton of explosives.

That did it. Thank you. Going back to the ship now.

Dog Pound break out

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Are we going back to the ship?

Not yet. If I know the Mayor, she has this place staked out and will be showing up soon.

Florence wanted to go to Ecosystems Unlimited. The planet's largest corporation, filled with easy to pocket valuables! It's a hard place to get in to. The Mayor has enough clout to pave the way for us.

She won't help us! She hates you!

Helix, one day you'll learn that the next best thing to have after a reliable ally is a predictable enemy.

Dog Pound break out

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Go! Go! We can catch Sam if we're fast!

Hup! Hup! Hup! Hup!

There's no one in the pound.

EVERYBODY, SPREAD OUT! SEARCH THE AREA!

HE'S ON FOOT! HE CAN'T HAVE GONE FAR!

Dog Pound break out

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The ship! I can use the

ship's account to get

a license.

YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE

LEFT THE POUND

WITHOUT A LICENSE!

I hate not being able

to follow direct orders.

My thoughts

get so fractured.

GET A LICENSE NOW!

GET IT NOW!

And I miss things

I otherwise would

have

caught.

NOW!

NOW!

NOW!

Dog Pound break out

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I was ordered to stay in the pound until I got a license. Now I have one. Conditions met. Order completed. My brain no longer has a hook in it that's attached to a freight train.

You'd think there'd be a carrot and stick arrangement with direct orders. Instead, the best I can ever hope for are orders that feel like being beaten with a carrot.

There's a fine for

being unlicensed.

Pay the.

Fine.

License.

License. Here's the form. Fill it out. Submit… and… accepted!

PAY FINE!

LICENSE! NOW!

Dog Pound break out

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I want a shower. It will be nice to cool off without panting and I've walked through so much machine oil my footprints don't even smell like me anymore.

The Mayor. Sigh. Maybe she's a reasonable person when Sam's not around. For now, it's safest if I avoid her.

I'll also have to talk to Abby. Tack welds are designed to hold things in place temporarily. But for clothing that actually comes off, it would be best if she used buttons.

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