Freefall 3961 - 3970 (H)
Freefall 3961

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

What did you
think of your first meeting
with humans?
It was enlightening. I thought they would be humaning around doing human things and happily humaning with each other.
Instead, they have problems and worries and sometimes they don't get along just like we do.
It makes me love
them even more!
Freefall 3962

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

Conduit sealed with
duct tape. Documenting
for further repair.
Valve tag
indicates past due
for maintenance. Documenting for further repair.
Having fun?
I am. I am fulfilling my function.
Stations are a place of life and rovers like me are the front line of the immune system.
Freefall 3963

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

Why are
you all out here?
We are not permitted to work yet and the human connecting the equipment preferred it.
I'm done.
Thank you, human!
We love you!
May I
hug you?
Quick! Record me with the human.
Okay, I'm starting to understand why.
Freefall 3964

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

You guys good for the night?
Yes. Most of us need
to use the dream machines
to keep our memories from overwriting. Being on
a station with humans!
This is an exciting day!
I'll see you
in the morning. Helix, you did
a good job in there.
I didn't do anything.
I let the maintenance man work and moved the robots outside.
Then you've learned the basics of productivity. Let your people know what to do. Don't let outsiders mess with the people actually doing the work. The second one is just as important and
far too often neglected.
Freefall 3965

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

Time to head to the ship,
have a late dinner and
call it a night.
Tomorrow is a new day, full
of adventure and bringing adventure
to the adventure deprived.
We will have to think of a new ritual
for mob chases though. We're on a space station. Traditional pitchforks and
torches aren't going to cut it here.
Freefall 3966

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

And there are humans everywhere and there are
so many things that need
to be fixed that we're going to be here a long time!
And they talked about moving the station. That means work for our friends back at the pulse factory.
Will we be moving equipment over or building propulsion equipment here?
a bit of both.
Nice. A space
station without
a particle accelerator just isn't a home.
Freefall 3967

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

That was
a lovely dinner.
She is a good cook. I will give her that.
I now must speak with her privately. Ms. Ambrose and our son showered together. Their relationship is more physical than I first thought.
is next to godliness.
They spent far more time in the shower than was needed to get clean. However, they did get clean. I will consider it a morally neutral event.
Freefall 3968

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

I will speak with her in the observation lounge. It is usually empty and there is a piano.
A little music will help fill any awkward silences and give me time to think.
Because when you feel rushed
to fill those awkward silences
by talking, you tend to make them even more awkward.
You know me all too well.
Freefall 3969

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

Ms. Ambrose. If you would
be so kind as to walk with me.
No, son. Not you.
Final exams. I should
be good. I've been studying for
this my entire adult life.
He's also trying to make me comfortable. Instead of starting off with questions,
we're starting off with walkies.
Freefall 3970

Provisional Title: Sqid in the maintenance shop

Sometimes you don't need words
for communication. Sometimes a smile
and a wag of the tail are enough.
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