Freefall 0551 - 0560

Freefall 0551

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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Tangent, you're being rude. Sorry about that. One really shouldn't judge by first impressions.

I'm pleased to meet you. I have to be honest. This is Sam's ship you're on, and I work for Sam.

COUNT YOUR FINGERS! COUNT YOUR FINGERS!

Is it too late for me to take back what I said about first impressions?

Normally, Yes. But since Sam's involved, I'm willing to make an exception.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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My name is Florence, and the first thing I need to do is pay you for the fingers that Sam took.

Also, did you make any deals with him, or anything else I should know about?

He sold Tangent 500 shares in a meat mine.

Sam said he knew where several meaty ores had come down, along with a load of pure balonium.

I am not ready to handle this level of damage control.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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We traded Sam 50 kg. of diamonds for the mine shares.

Diamonds? I need to reimburse you for 50 kg. of diamonds?

Diamonds. Whew. My heart can start beating again.

Yeah. Someone was using carbon dioxide to test a magnetic bottle instead of argon. We had a mess of them.

I'm glad you didn't lose anything valuable.

It seemed like a good deal at the time. We got stock and Sam saved us a trip to the garbage can.

Нихрена алмазы на Джине не стоят, планета сверхбогатая (Robot Spike)
http://news.cosmoport.com/2005/04/22/6.htm (Veki)

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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This should cover the amount Sam took from you.

It does. Thank you very much.

I still need some help on the ship. If you two are still available, that is.

Well, that depends. Can we talk to Sam about it?

Sam's not here. I don't think he'll be back anytime soon.

Lady, you've just hired yourself a couple of contractors.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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Here is the contract and what we'll be doing. You'll be paid for eight hours, though I really expect us to be done in five.

Florence seems like a nice person. I'm glad we came here in person. With Sam's name involved, there's no way anyone else is going to help her.

The server reports that Florence's contract has been filled. Everyone can go home.

Aww.

How about volunteers? Does she need any volunteers?

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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I need to get Helix. I'll be right back.

Psst.

See the name on this contract? Florence Ambrose! The word is out in the robot community to help this person.

Wow. We meet what is probably the only bipedal talking dog on the planet, and the moment you have her last name, you're able to identify her. That is so impressive!

Robots are getting better at that sort of thing. It's expected that one day we'll even be able to recognize sarcasm.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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Helix, I'd like you to meet Niomi and Tangent.

NEW PEOPLE!

Hi! Hi! You must be here to put in the pumps! I'll be helping you, Florence, Sam, the ship, and lifting heavy things all at the same time! Boy, oh, boy! I'll go get the first one!

His generator is certainly getting enough excitation voltage.

Yes. Sorry about that. He normally doesn't leave oil puddles when he meets someone.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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If you would please get the hoist ready, I'll take care of the spill Helix made before someone slips in it.

You know, if I had to guess which one of those two wasn't housebroken…

Don't go there.

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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You need to stop thinking about Florence like she's a dog.

How can I do that? She is a dog.

Well, yeah. Sort of. But don't think of her as a dog. Think of her as a person.

Think of her as a person. Got it. Consider it burned into R.O.M.

So, do you think that person's leg would kick if I rubbed her tummy?

TANGENT!

Не только Хеликс думал в этом направлении…

Niomi and Tangent show up to repair the water pump

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The first system I'd like to get working is potable water. Once that is up, I'll be able to bring the recycling system on line.

Good. With that system going, the toilet will work and you'll be able to drink normally.

I did not just say that.

Oh, yes. Yes, you did.

Тонкий намек что она как собака воду лакает из унитаза?

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