By Tim Sevenhuysen
Posted April 19, 2012
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Milly and Haglyn gathered up the plastic beads the thief had abandoned and dumped them into the water bottle.
“Should we call Overard and let him know what happened?” said Milly.
“Nah,” said Haglyn. “He’s probably got his hands full taking care of Bolter.”
“Okay.” They headed back to the parts shop. Upon entering, Milly strode up to the counter and plunked down the bottle of beads. “One Gyrian-fitted faster-than-light engine, please.”
The cashier’s eyes nearly popped out of his skull. He ogled the beads. “These are…” He reached under the counter and thumbed a button.
“What was that?” said Haglyn.
“Um,” said the cashier, “that calls one of our, er, mechanics… Yeah. You said Gyrian fit, right? What’s the, er, connector type?”
“I’m not sure,” said Milly. “I’ll call the ship and find out.”
“Call from here!” said the cashier. “No need to go anywhere!”
“We’re not going anywhere,” said Milly. “Not without that engine.” She stepped away from the counter and dialled Overard.
“What’s up?” he asked.
“Can you check the connector type on the Pelican‘s engine mount?”
“Sure. Showing some plastic worked, then?”
“Yep,” said Milly. “Though, actually…” She related the experience with the thief and the beads.
“These beads…” said Overard. “You say they’re round and red, and really hard?”
“Then you need to get back here right away.”
“Those beads aren’t plastic. Actually, they’re very dangerous! You could get arrested just for carrying them!”
“What!? Oh no… The cashier hit a silent alarm, too!” Milly hung up. “Haglyn,” she hissed, “we have to go!” She headed straight for the door
“Wait!” said Haglyn. She zipped her GyroCart over to the counter and grabbed the bottle of beads.
“Hey!” yelled the cashier. “Stop! Don’t let them get away!”
What escape tactic do they try?
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Do they retrieve the thief's blaster?
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