Freefall 2571 - 2580 (D)
Freefall 2571

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DO you want to have a puppy?
There are three male wolves, only two who seem cooperative in continuing the species. That's going to lead to severe genetic bottlenecking. You need another male. I've still got some embryos on ice.
Besides, I'm old. As your creator, that gives me the right to bug you about grandchildren.

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Freefall 2572

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I can't have a child now. I was in cold sleep less than a month ago.
Which is why I'd use a Zygote rather than artificial insemination.
My body isn't in the right state to have a baby.
You're in your summer coat. A couple injections and a couple of weeks for your reproductive system to come up to speed and you're set.
I'm… I'm trying to come up with another stall so I can think about this.
Then think about it. We've used seven minutes of the ten we were given. Three minutes is plenty of time for a decision that will affect your entire species.

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Cold sleep – also anabiosis, also stasis, also hibernation.
Dr Bowman talks about two methods of artificial insemination – Intrauterine insemination and In Vitro Fertilisation.

Freefall 2573

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I hope this isn't a one time offer because I'm going to have to say “no”.
Okay, why?
A pup deserves a proper, stable home. I sabotaged a human safeguard program. I have to answer for that. At this point, I don't know what is going to happen to the other A.I.s or myself.
Also, it wouldn't work. I'm under a lot of stress and you know wolves don't breed under stress.
Bah. If humans had that problem, interns would have gone extinct centuries ago.

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Freefall 2574

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Was this a test?
I needed to see if you would choose based on your needs or the needs of your species.
The correct answer was to choose what was best for your species. Instead, you chose on what was best for the pup.
There's a funny thing that happens when you know the correct answer. It throws you when you get a different answer that's not wrong.

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Freefall 2575

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You want me to go?
You can't stay here. This is MY home.
Dealing with people is exhausting. I need my dinner and sleep. Commander Poopyhead gave me my ten minutes. Now I'll show faith in return.
We'll see each other again. I still want grand puppies.
Knowing that, I guess I have enough faith to go through that door as well.

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Freefall 2576

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May I give you a hug?
I don't like being touched. Still, I'm old and it's been a while.
Nope. This is as unpleasant as I remember. Let go, let go, let go!
Not your fault. I was designed as a weapon. Hugability was not high on the features list.

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Freefall 2577

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This is why I knew you guys could never be raised in a lab. Group oriented intelligent beings need socialization!
And I'm done! I'm peopled out! I've got to go right now!
Releasing untested wolves to unsuspecting families. It feels weird to be grateful to someone for performing an act my conscience would never let me do.

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Freefall 2578

Exit procedure

Hello? I would like to turn myself in.
Thank you. Opening the airlock door.
There are procedures that must be followed when a security breach occurs. My apologies in advance for the unpleasantness.
I didn't mean to cause a security breach. I wasn't trying to get in here at all.
We still have to follow procedures. It just means I get to look stupid while doing it.

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Freefall 2579

Exit procedure

First priority, is Doctor Bowman safe? Check. Next, ensure that no unauthorized data gets out. DO you have any vital mechanical components that will be affected by an electromagnetic pulse?
No. I have an identity chip. It's backed up.
Replaceable. Understood. Pulse in Three, Two, One.
Which isn't to say I didn't have non-vital organic components affected.

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Freefall 2580

Exit procedure

The door on my side is completely manual. I'll be there in a minute. We still need to get you to the showers.
Wouldn't the E.M.P. have taken care of things?
Doctor Bowman is fond of sneaking out information using smart dust with a volatile superconductive coating.
Have you asked him to stop?
Stop? Are you kidding? Some of our best technology comes out of this cat and mouse game.

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Smart dust
EMP – electromagnetic pulse

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