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penitencelost ([personal profile] penitencelost) wrote2014-10-08 09:03 pm

old-fashioned atmosphere field

There is a space station hanging in orbit around a desert planet. It's not very impressive, as space stations go- a number of domes haphazardly linked by transport tubes, placed seemingly wherever they'll fit. A vaguely spheroid tangle of architecture with no consistent direction of artificial gravity. The only feature that can be differentiated from the rest of it is its docking bay- a large platform with an old-fashioned atmosphere field stretched around it. The technology on display looks to be nearly a hundred years old, on average. It is not a place that looks to be on the cutting edge.

It is broadcasting some information about itself. Some rudimentary field specs for its atmosphere, docking instructions, a map of its facilities, language and communications information. Massively outweighing the useful data is a bulk of advertisements- hundreds of presentations in various media types exhorting visitors to drop by some shop or another. Most prominently, an ad for Auntie Matter's is listed on the facilities map- their exclusive fuel provider, it seems. Ferengi supplier, decent quality at an affordable price, probably enabled by some highly shady business practices. It'll be good enough, likely.
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 01:27 am (UTC)(link)
Isabella considers the place.

She could just keep going, but she'll be very short on dinner options by the time she gets there, and if something happens, she won't have leeway in her fuel supply. She doesn't love buying from Ferengi, but she has the cash to go non-Federation-post-scarcity-supplies when she's out of the core neighborhood, and sometimes she is, and this is sometimes.

She collects the docking instructions. She docks Prometheus.
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
"...Holding," replies Isabella. "But it's a survey craft, nothing scary."
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
"Thanks. And in case your equipment didn't pick up my identificatory, this is the Prometheus and I'm Isabella T'Mir."
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
"Refueling and grocery shopping."
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
"Prometheus takes item three on your menu."
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Probably best to pay the technician. Thank you. Anything else I ought to know?"
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
"...I'd appreciate that, thank you. Pushy about...?"
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 02:20 am (UTC)(link)
"I don't really have a lot of room on my ship. Is there a convenient way to set up an auction?"
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 02:32 am (UTC)(link)
"...Is it better to categorically refuse them all just because I don't have room for more? If people want to leave that badly... Anyway, it's possible I'll be out this way again, will blacklisting anyone who pushes and shoves help?"
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-09 02:41 am (UTC)(link)
"My ship can only accommodate extra passengers if we rotate sleep schedules and share the bed or people sleep on the floor. It's a reasonable constraint that they have to be well-behaved and calm with each other and me. If it's unenforceable, I'll have to think of something else."
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-10 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
"Has no one thought of holding an auction before? There's no track record to go on?"
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-11 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
"...Is there someone I could ask who might know?"
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[personal profile] warpfairy 2014-10-11 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Okay, I'll do that. Anything else I ought to know?"

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