Lieutenant Yeager screaming into my ears, the new F-511-A flies
like a dream!"
Shane. And the cockpit's wonderfully silent even at
acceleration," Niko agreed. "What do you think about
the new machines, Doc?"
comps are great," he murmured, still concentrating on his
CDU. "25 percent surplus calculation capac Ouch!"
He stumbled over something, and Zachary prevented him from
falling. "What's?! QBall, why are you running me
"No time, no
time...." BETA's skinny chief scientist hurried on. The four
looked at each others and followed him.
QBally, what's wrong?"
is deactivated! By prime order of Cmdr. Walsh. Even his main
batteries were melted down! I have to"
stopped after they rounded the corner towards the commander's
office. The corridor was filled with people, mostly businessmen
each of them with the appearance and the nerve-eroding smile of a
used car salesman, Sheela, Walsh's adjutant now openly
wearing a heavy blaster stood her ground next two a couple
of MPs. Spotting the Rangers and QBall, she waved them to work
their way through the crowd.
for the first time, Niko was glad of Goose's broad shoulders and
Sheela) sighed in relief when the office door slammed shut behind
them and left them in the relative silence of Walsh's outer
office. Relative silence because the room was filled with the
pandemonium of a hundred self-executing, partially holographic
voicemail messages, the beeping of emails being received, the
ringing of com-access requests and the shrill of a mainframe
warning about overstressed connection capacities. "Gods,
Sheela. What's wrong he?"
have to talk to the commander! Immediately!!" QBall
interrupted her rudely. "It can't go on that one of my best
works is deactivated in midst of"
THERE!!" Sheela, usually the embodiment of calmness,
exploded, causing all four Rangers, including Gooseman, to twitch
considerably, but failing to impress the infuriated chief
scientist. "He wants to talk to you anyway!"
stormed through the inner door...
loud impolite shouting fell victim to the censors]
tapped gently against her right ear to check if it was still
functioning and threw a cautious look at the door through which
QBall had disappeared. "Well..." she whispered
carefully, for she wasn't sure if she wasn't shouting in reality
but couldn't hear properly at the moment. "At least we now
know from whom you got your more colorful descriptions,
Goose..." she drew a deep breath. "Sheela, please,
what's going on here? And why...?" she made a helpless shrug
towards the inner door.
adjutant snorted. "Buzzwang made his final mistake, that's
"And what did
the recycled can consortium do?"
filled out and sent back all the warranty registration
cards of the five hundred new warplanes BETA received, including
the survey at the end, with Commander Walsh's data."
Sheela snorted and unplugged the dozen com consoles in the room.
"And he used the secret direct com for sending them
Doc snickered. "Sale rep, I hear your knocking..."
to reactivate that heap of industrial junk before the next
glacier runs over Phoenix and you'll count sand grains in the
Martian dust storms till the Queen marries the pope!!"
The door was thrown shut after QBall.
where you learned to slam automated glide doors, my Goose man..."
Doc murmured and frantically entered various commands into one of
the consoles. Then he snickered faintly.
chief scientist stood dead still while he waited for his ears to
stop ringing. He sighed. "Seems that was it for Buzz,"
he sighed again. "And I haven't even sent back the warranty
cards for the alloys..."
snickering had become a full-fledged laughter by now. The others
peered over his shoulders at the screen and read:
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