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Demonspawn By Christina Engela Characters: 5486

Updated: 2018-06-30 12:01


"But to override the Captains code…" said Collins, before being interrupted by Murphy, who said;

"That would mean it would be a senior staff member! One of us did it! One of us! In this room!"

Silence fell rather dramatically. Lofflin's gaze swept over them. They all looked stunned. The strain of the last few days was telling on all of them. As departmental heads, having to maintain order and discipline on a doomed ship, among a doomed crew, theirs was no easy task; and to still hold their own lives together while doing that was just added strain. It was like asking a condemned man to plan and manage a party.

"There's one way to find that out, " Said the Chief Entech, "Check the security log. The computer sub-system that manages entry control will have details of when the door was opened, closed, locked, unlocked – and by who."

Murphy nodded in agreement, and gave Billingham a little smile.

"I tried that already, Commander." He said. "No entries at all in the last three days."

"Damage to the mainframe?" The doctor suggested. "Internal sensors have been offline since the – uh, incident too. We took quite a pounding."

"No, they were erased." Lofflin explained. "All coded entries for security areas, the entire security log. Even my own when I entered his cabin."

"So if it can't incriminate you, why erase it?" Dr. Collins asked.

"Who would gain anything from Blaine's death?" Murphy asked, from a typical policeman's point of view. "We're all going to die in a few days anyway."

"Vengeance?" Billingham suggested. "Perhaps someone blamed him for putting us here? For what happened? He was responsib

entechs, who were assisting me in a fool's errand. You think it's me now?"

"Just checking, Ralph, " said Lofflin calmly. Looks like everybody has an alibi, he thought. Nice. That would make things even more complicated. Well, he didn't think it was going to be easy.

"Any luck?" Lofflin asked.

"Pardon?"

"You said you were trying to find a way out of this mess. Did you?"

"What do you think?" He snapped back. "We're so far from any worthwhile light source that we can't even use solars – there's not enough light out here. The emergency batteries will last around four days still… five if we're lucky, although it's going to get really cold by then The gravity net will fail somewhere thereabouts too. No way to recharge the batteries. Quite honestly, I don't see the point – even if we could, we'd be stuck out here for a very, very long time. We've been trying to figure out a way to bypass the main coil, make the energy flow from the reactor compatible with the charging system – but smarter men with more PHD's than I have, have been working on that for nearly a century."

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