Flash Fiction: Idle Hands on Raptor VII
Speakers in the transcript are identified as follows:
CDR Commander Eugene S. Paul
MMP Martian Module Pilot Brian R. Cho
MSP Mission Specialist, Biology Gregor K. (Reggie) Mamchur
|CDR||Brian, may I speak to you privately?|
|MMP||(Laughter.) That might be a challenge, Gene.|
|CDR||Indulge me. Over here?|
|MMP||Sure. (Indistinct.) What’s up?|
|CDR||Well, I have sort of a situation I hope you can help me with.
You know our Community Simulator?
|MMP||(Laughter.) Yes, I’m familiar with it.|
|CDR||Thing is, Reggie is logging an, ah, excessive number of hours on it.|
|MMP||Oh? Is that a problem?|
|CDR||He’s missed a meal and two workouts, so, yes.|
|MMP||This mission’s been rough on all of us. Maybe he’s just busy in the lab?
Modeling spongifores is time-consuming –
|CDR||So my question for you is – and I’m not accusing you at all, but –
Did you make any changes to the Simulator?
|CDR||To the code.|
|MMP||Oh, ah – (Laughter.) I did actually. Nothing big.|
|CDR||… Brian, that is – That is very dangerous.|
|MMP||Just a few things to keep everyone engaged. The personality modules.
Some conversation options —
|CDR||This isn’t Tetris you’re messing with. It’s a complex, carefully controlled
social simulation. It’s what’s going to make sure we’re scientists when we
get there and not just a bunch of non-functional meatheads.
|CDR||It took the psych team and the dev team twelve years to put that thing
together. This mission is too sensitive for you to go splashing around in it.
|CDR||So I want you to undo your changes before 2300.|
|MMP||I don’t think I can do that.|
|MMP||They didn’t have a repository in place, so I had to change the live code.
An oversight on their part, I’d say.
|CDR||They didn’t have a repository because no one was supposed to change
anything! You didn’t make a backup?
|MMP||I’m not really in that habit.|
|CDR||Where is Reggie now?|
|MMP||In the simulation room, I believe.|
|CDR||All right. Let’s see what the hell you’ve done.
Reggie? Reggie, a moment…
|MSP||In a minute.|
|MSP||Oh, for – Just a moment. Let me wrap this up.|
|CDR||Is that – ? That looks like your wife!|
|CDR||And that’s your back yard! Oh, my God! Even the compost pile…|
|MMP||We’re about to get some gardening done, if you don’t mind.|
|CDR||The graphics – Like you could just stick your hand in and dig!
And her freckles! Did you do this, Brian?
|MMP||I guess. I didn’t think I got in the render modules, though.|
|CDR||This – This is crazy. Reggie, can you turn the camera –|
|CDR||When you get a chance. Are they all in there? I just want to see. Tell her —|
|MSP||It’s my wife.|
|CDR||Yes, of course. It’s just – I’ve never seen anything like this. Ever.
Brian, you didn’t do this.
|MSP||Yes, I did.|
|CDR||Not all of it. You couldn’t have.|
|MSP||Pretty sure I did, Gene.|
|CDR||No. Something else did this. Did Mission Control send an update and
we missed it?
|MSP||Not a chance. I verify those logs.|
|MMP||You two are making it hard to concentrate.|
|CDR||Maybe … Maybe you just opened the door. Caught their eye. Let them in.|
|CDR||Maybe we moved into their neighborhood.|
|MSP||Are you talking about Grant and Taka? We let them take their turns.
We’ve been talking about a two-player –
|CDR||No. Something else. God, that looks just incredible.
The sky – That sun is making it warmer in here. Am I crazy?
|MSP||What something else?|
|CDR||Something smart. Something that doesn’t want a visit.|
|MSP||Commander, what are you talking about?|
|CDR||We should figure that out. We should do that right away.
Reggie, can I play next?