By Tim Sevenhuysen
Posted March 29, 2012
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“I’m glad the seller was so accommodating about meeting us in orbit,” said Milly.
“Maybe he’s worried its real owner will show up to reclaim it,” said Tic, elbow deep in the Origami Engine. “And considering who its real owner is, he should be worried.”
“I’m receiving a docking request,” said Pelly.
“That’ll be Overard,” said Milly. “Make the connection please, Pelly.”
“Hold on,” said Tic, as the docking tube extended from the side hatch. “Overard?”
“Yeah, Mak Overard. He’s the seller.”
“He’s the guy whose cargo I dumped. He probably found the Adam Astrobot while regathering their equipment.”
“Hmm,” said Milly. “Well, maybe he won’t recognize the ship…”
The side hatch hissed open, and Tic ducked down out of sight. Overard stepped through, carrying a box.
“The Galactic Pelican. What an interesting coincidence!” said Overard. “You must be Ms. Leon. I don’t suppose Mr. Bolter is around, is he?”
“He doesn’t own this ship anymore,” said Milly. “I, uh, bought it from him.”
“Sure you did… He owes my company 15,000 litres in equipment damage, so here’s the new plan: you’re going to pay for this Adam Astrobot and settle Mr. Bolter’s bill. Collect it from him yourself.”
“No way!” said Milly.
“Then I’ll find another buyer.” Overard’s PAI chimed. “Speak of the devil: a certain Lady Libden also appears to be interested. I’ll just send her our coordinates…”
Tic popped up. “No, don’t!”
“Too late, I’m afraid,” grinned Overard. “But for, say, 20,000 litres, I’ll inform her the action figure’s no longer available.”
“That won’t stop her,” said Tic. “She’ll gladly kill us all… We have to get out of here!”
What do Tic and Milly do?
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