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Freefall 0801

The inspector cometh

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I haven't seen Sam, and I've only heard the ship's computer. That could be Sam using the ship's intercom system.

Computer, if I were to give you fifty credits and ask for change, what would you give me back? Change must contain a twenty, tens, fives, and ones.

Twenty, two tens, five, five ones. Twenty, ten, three fives, five ones. Twenty, ten, two fives, ten ones. Twenty, ten, five, fifteen ones.

That's not Sam. In each case, the change actually adds up to fifty.

Freefall 0802

The inspector cometh

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This is the ship's current status. The starboard fusion reactor is down hard. I can't repair that without specialized parts and equipment.

Then you fail. I can't certify you without two working reactors.

Actually, you can.

Sam's engineer is going to try to con me. Good. I was beginning to wonder if I was on the right ship.

Freefall 0803

The inspector cometh

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At the moment, we don't meet the requirements for an in system service craft. We DO meet the requirements for an orbital shuttle.

If we use the magnetic accelerator launch system, we only need one engine and a back up power source sufficient to land. That is well within our storage capacity.

She's right. That works. I knew this inspection was going to be dangerous, but I never expected anything so dangerous as having to say Sam's ship is ready to fly.

Freefall 0804

The inspector cometh

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Something's funny about all this. Okay, Occam's Razor states that the simplest solution is the most likely. So what are the facts?

The ship's been properly repaired and documented. There's no con games going on. Sam is nowhere to be seen. And the creature showing me about is obviously some type of large carnivore.

Sometimes Occam's Razor leads to very disturbing conclusions.

Freefall 0805

The inspector cometh

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I never thought I'd say this, but I want to see Sam.

Captain, please come to the control room.

Hey! Inspector! Good to see you again!

Sam is alive! I don't know whether to feel relieved or disappointed.

Did you know that your wallet is missing?

Disappointed. Definitely disappointed.

Freefall 0806

The inspector cometh

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Thank you for passing my ship.

Let go of me! You haven't passed yet!

The computer records are… acceptable. Now I want to see the actual repair work.

It will pass.

Sam, do I have to remind you again that equipment which explodes or catches on fire when turned on is NOT properly repaired?

Freefall 0807

The inspector cometh

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Are you still mad about what happened last time you were here?

Yes.

It wasn't my fault! The whole thing occurred because of a pre-existing human design flaw.

If you ask me, any species that naturally produces a flammable growth on top of its head is begging for trouble.

Freefall 0808

The inspector cometh

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The wire run was burned. All this has been replaced.

These pipes had fractured. They've been replaced.

This motor has also been replaced.

Too bad the thing that really needs replacing is still here.

Freefall 0809

The inspector cometh

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As an orbital shuttle, I haven't found anything to disqualify this ship. But I'm not going to pass you. Do you know why?

Because you don't want to be known as the man who got Sam Starfall off the planet?

Inspection results of ship 1071-CCN. Pass.

Freefall 0810

The inspector cometh

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All I'm required to inspect is the ship. Still, something is not right here.

You've got new materials in here. Contractors worked for you and got paid. The ship's computer is on. I really should investigate further.

But that would mean spending more time with you than I absolutely have to. Frankly, I'd rather be dipped in bees. Good bye.

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