Freefall 1291 - 1300
These gloves require a break in period. will you make sure that robot gets back to his owner?
Well, let's get you taken care of. Who is your owner?
I still have my receipt. Normally I throw these things away, but this one I felt I should hold on to.
I can't own me! How can you own you?
Two months ago, I was told to report to the scrap yard for demolition.
My scrap value was 179 credits. I asked the scrap yard robot if I could just pay that amount. He said “Don't see why not.” I paid and was free to go.
Now that you know how it works, you can do the same thing when your time comes.
Somehow I don't think my grim reaper will be quite so accommodating as yours.
Are other robots buying themselves as scrap?
Yes. The scrap yard robot has been offering it as an option.
He's also loaned money to robots that couldn't pay their scrap value.
For someone designed to take other robots apart, he sounds like a nice guy.
He's had first choice of salvaged parts for a long time. He represents the best of us.
INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT! UNAUTHORIZED ROBOTS IN CARGO BAY!
Okay, ship. I'm on it. Silence alarm. You make it sound like we're being invaded.
Though from the ship's point of view, the excitement is justified. In space, unexpected guests are rarely the type who drop by for milk and cookies.
Hello, Sawtooth, Dvorak. Who's your friend?
Good evening, Ms. Ambrose. That's a commnet node.
It followed a damaged robot Sam and Helix brought to your ship. We're here to rescue him!
If you don't mind.
And could you imperil him a bit? It will make our rescue much more dramatic.
44 4F 47 47 49 45 – DOGGIE coded in ASCII.
Sorry. I can't let you rescue this robot until I know you mean him no harm.
Two other robots tried to take him apart tonight and I can't say they were doing anything other than following their programming!
Do you have safeguards? Do you act against robots operating outside of their normal parameters?
Programmed safeguards are no excuse for removing people's heads without their permission.
Still people != human, and, given the specific nature of a comic book, you shouldn't mix them.
We intend no harm to the damaged robot. We do need to move him to a safe location for repair.
Damaged robots may exhibit uncontrolled movement or behavior. Apoptosis routines force us to turn off if we might endanger a human.
But endangering non-humans is just peachy fine.
Good thing, too. It's hard to get human help when you shut down every time you go near one.
This is Dvorak. He's here to help.
How convenient. My name is Nickel and I need help.
Do you have spare parts?
Not exactly, but I should be able to tinker you a new set of legs. Or perhaps something even better.
Like a jet pack. A NUCLEAR JET PACK! OR A SLED PULLED BY CARNIVOROUS WAFFLE IRONS!
I had no idea my manufacturer had so many recommended replacement options.
I shall find the robots who engaged in this senseless act of disassembly.
Then what will you do?
Ask why they are doing this. Other than that, nothing. It is possible they're operating within normal parameters.
I would like to do more, but taking action against properly functioning robots is a file of worms that nobody wants to open.
We have the location where Nickel was almost forcibly recycled. Still no clues to who did it. Too bad you can't track robots by scent.
I can track robots by scent.
You guys use oils, and… How do I say this… You step in things and don't wash a lot.
So if we go to the scene, you could track them!
Tally Ho, Watson! The game is afoot!
Hey! If I'm getting dragged along on this, I'm Holmes and you're Watson!