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Loderunner By Christina Engela Characters: 4873

Updated: 2018-06-30 12:02

"What –?" Asked Deire, stunned. "You bin drinkin' again Jimmy-Jo?"

"Don't ask!" The trapped man spat, wriggling in vain.

"How the hell did this happen?" Asked Tim, flapping beside Deire. Both of them hovered in front of the cabinet. Just for the record, Tim couldn't smell any alcohol on him.

"Didn't I just say 'don't ask'?" He gritted through clenched teeth.

"Okay, okay. Now how do we get you out of this? What the hell happened to the gravity?"

"I thought I'd turn it off so we could all just float around a bit!" Triple-J replied with biting sarcasm. "I mean, it's supposed to be fun, ain't it? Ain't this fun, Jonn? How about you, Boss? Think it's fun?"

No, Tim thought. It wasn't. It took some work, but after half an hour, they managed to get the twisting, swearing Triple-J out of his nest in the distribution cabinet. This was not as easy as you may think, especially in zero gravity. It was like a bad-hair day for Dory. At any rate, at the end of it, Triple-J hung in orbit over his toolbox on the deck below.

"Thanks." He sighed relieved, hanging in midair beside them.

"Pleasure." Said Tim tiredly. "Now how do we fix the gravity?"

"That's easy – just plug those two cables back together."

The fault in the gravity net as it was called, came about when the engineer decided to perform some maintenance on the cabling, and got tangled up in it. During his struggle to get out of the mess he yanked out a cable joiner in

les of straw from the previous cargo of cattle.

They carried the complaining, swearing patient up to sickbay and marshaled the medic – um, Nurse into action. Nothing serious, fortunately. But the cargo deck was even worse off than before. It brought a wry smile to his lips. He could see this trip was going to be anything but dull. He encountered young Jamie sitting at the foot of the stairs not far from the elevator. He seemed a little dazed and confused.

"Hi." He said, venturing over.

"Hi." Jamie smiled back.

"You okay?"

"Just a little shocked." He revealed. "I'm not used to language like that. I don't think I've ever heard so many swear-words in one sitting before!"

"Oh." Said Tim, catching on. "Well I did warn you to use the stairs!"

"I know." Jamie grinned back as Tim sat down beside him.

"You survive your little zero gravity experience last night?"

Jamie seemed to think about it a second, then gave a little giggle and nodded.

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