The ENC troops investigating the affair at Decatur Node moved in a confused tangle of narrow-focus light. The housing was empty, though, and the assault programmer assigned to detecting unauthorized presence failed to find anything significant. He'd just turned to report when a warning diode flickered on his logic probe.
"I've got a read, Captain," he said.
The ENC Captain, who was bored with the evening's events and disinterested in anything short of getting back to his home warren and dinner, glanced at the screen.
"Rats," he said. "These old repeaters fail all the time. It's always the rats. Notify CP to send down a probe and repair it. These repeaters are off-line anyway. CP can notify the maintenance AI to fix it."
"Yes, sir. What about the fugitives?"
"They must've slipped outside somehow. I think they've got an Ant helping them, which means they'll be hard to track." He rubbed his eyes wearily. "Well, let's get on with it."
Keywords: cp, notify, repeaters, rats, captain, got, probe, anything, enc
All text © 1986 Rob Swiggart. "Portal : A Dataspace Retrieval" is available courtesy of the Author's Guild Backprint Programme. ISBN: 0595197841All programming and software © 2002 Salim Fadhley. Released under the GPL. Code available on request.
Updated: Sun Apr 14 2002
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