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Demonspawn By Christina Engela Characters: 4597

Updated: 2018-06-30 12:02

A long moment of silence passed, pregnant with questions. Harry looked up at him and smiled a thin, tired smile.

"Well, Commander, was that useful?"

"Now don't you start." He groaned. "And yes. No. Maybe."

"Yes, no, maybe?" Harry chuckled. "That what you think of Billingham? What are you going to do about him?"

Lofflin rubbed his eyes and yawned.

"Not much I can do about him right now, Harry. He's not going to do us any good in the brig!"

"You're rationalizing, Joe. He's a cold-blooded killer and we both know it." Harry went on. "He's burned down Blaine's cabin to cover his ass, and who knows how far he'll go? Besides, we've got other entechs still – let them do the work. At least we don't have to keep an eye on them or guess what their next move's going to be."

"Murderer or not, he's still the most experienced and knowledgeable entech on this ship, Harry. We need him to put the ship back together. We need him!"

Collins nodded.

"Alright." Harry said. "Alright, Joe. I get that."

"Okay, so he did it." Lofflin continued, "And we're going to nail him for it, Harry – whether or not he fixes the ship… But if he knows we're onto him and that he could spend the rest of his life in a max security prison, there isn't much incentive for him to fix the ship now, is there?"

"You have a point." Harry conceded. "So we let him fix the engin

monitored round the clock at the moment, with the search teams over on that ship! He couldn't just throw it out an airlock – as damaged as the ship is, we'd still pick that up as it floated away!

Harry sighed and shook his head slowly.

"Maybe the waste disposal chute?" He suggested.

"The disintegrator?" Lofflin asked.

"Why not?" Harry continued. "We use it to dispose of all kinds of waste – sewage, wrappers, body parts – why not an entire body?"

Harry's theory had merit. The disintegrator device that sat at the heart of the ship's waste management system would break down anything sent into it in mere moments – destroying it utterly and completely on an atomic level, leaving no trace behind whatever. Why not indeed?

"So the only evidence we have left of foul play is the autopsy report of a missing body, and scans of the crime scene which was sanitized by fire." Lofflin sighed. "Sweet."

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