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932320 No. 932320 ID: 5fc3a0

>"You want to leave the ship? Why?"
"Well, sir..."

How do I say this?

"Some of the stuff I had our guys get me, so I could fix the ship, it's, it's uh, it's wrong."
>"'Some'? You only put one thing on the shopping list."
"And... it's the wrong battery, sir."
>"You blaming our errand runners?"
"No. I mean... it was probably an honest mistake."
>"Don't be patronizing, Anashi."
"I didn't..."
>"Alright, we're all very busy. Can I trust you to be able to go out and get whatever battery you need on your own? You can't talk to anyone if you do, we've had some people lingering out there, asking too many questions."
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No. 953625 ID: 3bf416

No. 953739 ID: 1ed92d

Oh no, your abusive crew of douche bags will refuse to work with you anymore.

You know what? Who cares about them? They suck and are terrible people. If the only reason you're worried about leaving is 'they'll try to kill me', your crew are clearly the worst people. If you can rig the ship's systems to fail on the way out and broadcast any illegal stuff the ship is hauling, do it, then leave.

That cute girl might be manipulating you, but she is literally the only person to treat you with kindness ever, so... Why not? Better kindness for bad reasons than genuine extreme hostility.
No. 953786 ID: 864e49

>One of the prisoners
I'm sorry why do you guys have prisonerS, plural?
What the hell does your crew do? Is keeping prisoners aboard a private vessel even legal?
No. 954018 ID: 5fc3a0
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I wander around and fix a few more things. Come to think of it, now that I'm thinking about leaving, there's kind of a *lot* wrong with the ship that I never got around to doing.

Ah, but I know if I start thinking like that, I'll never leave. There's always something to work on with this ship.

I guess I can just give a list of things that should be maintained. Maybe a list of grievances too. On second thought just the maintenance list. I'm pretty sure the list of grievances counts as 'disrespect' and the boss doesn't like that much. Or is it worse if I just leave without anything? I'll just leave a note saying I can't work on the ship anymore, and that's kind of true. In a mental sense.

I'll leave the note where they'll find it after awhile, but I don't want them to know I've left until after I'm gone. They won't like that one bit but they won't like me leaving one bit anyway.

>Why are there prisoners?
I uh, don't really know. Like many people on the ship, the guards don't like curiosity inquiries. I don't know if it's legal, but dock laws are weird. It's not like we're a prisoner transport - the crew is just a regular cargo crew - but, well, like a lot of the things on the ship, if it's not mechanical, I try not to worry about it.

>Rig the ship to fail on the way out
I don't hate them! They just... aren't great to be around.

>Broadcast any illegal stuff they're doing
Actually just in case they do follow me I bet it'd be good if I could, er, blackmail them. Maybe. I'm not good with that. Maybe Pond would help me. Uh... ahhh that's a big thought but if I gather up the evidence on the ship then it probably wouldn't hurt! As long as I'm not found out. Which if I'm found out then I'm in trouble anyway so I'll just do it!

Yeah I'll just go up to Pond and say 'hey we barely met but do know anything about blackmail' that'll...

No, I really shouldn't talk myself out of this by being sarcastic.

I take pictures from the crawlspaces of all the weird, unlabeled cargo, and take a whole lot of digital conversation logs that I'm pretty sure are supposed to be secure and private but aren't, and get on out of here.

I really, really hope I'm not making a big mistake, but the best thing about being a non-employed employee is that I don't have a reputation that'll follow me, so in theory the worst case is that I just have to lay low for a little while and then look for a real job.

Maybe this was inevitable and maybe I should've done this a long time ago. I've definitely thought about it, but when I think about the past, it's... always kind of been this way.

I stare at the airlock for awhile before going to open it.
No. 954019 ID: 5fc3a0
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Okay, I'm out. I'm out. I have my things and I'm out of the ship. My things fit in my usual backpack so that was easy, and there's so many boxes getting loaded and unloaded now that me leaving isn't really anything conspicuous.
No. 954020 ID: 5fc3a0
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... so I'm out. I look up the place where Pond was staying and I go over there. That's... a few blocks away. It's not far but it's far enough that I need to walk, and when I walk I'm going to have a chance to think about what I've done and oh no there's the nerves there's what happened and I made everything that just happened happen.

I'm so starved for any niceness that I completely left my shelter just to talk to someone who's probably manipulative and might not even want to see me beyond the whole warning thing I can do.

I'm at the place, but the crew was going to see her too so they might see me and... okay how do I do this? Do I just... go in the hotel, up to her room, and... what, talk to her?!
No. 954021 ID: 0fae41

Yeah. Ask if you can just crash on her couch if knocking on the door has exhausted your social interaction capacity for the day.
No. 954023 ID: e2f5cc

Yup, you're all in now so there's nothing to do but go up and seduce that cute little Duduk!

Or more likely massively trip over your your words and spill every bean in your can, but Pond seemed to think that was cute and she'll get the gist of what you're trying to say, so it'll all work out anyways!
No. 954031 ID: e7c7d3


Break it down first.
1st goal: Go into the hotel
2nd goal: go up to her room
3rd goal: talk to her

You can stop and breath between goals
No. 954038 ID: 736b7e

Yeah, you just need to go in there and talk to her! So do that!
No. 954041 ID: a9af05

Try not to think about how you're going to a cute girl's room to talk to her.
No. 954066 ID: b1b4f3


Also don't forget to warn her that the others on the ship know she's staying here. She's gonna need to switch rooms.
No. 954070 ID: 1dc20c

Just do it, you know you can. Don’t think too hard about it. Foresight is great but at a certain point you’re just overthinking things.

Just walk up to her room, knock on the door, and talk to her.
No. 954094 ID: 3bf416

Just do it.
No. 954099 ID: 1ed92d

Yes. That's literally how it works. Just go to her room and tell her that you're running away from your job and also there are goons after her.
No. 954102 ID: ce39da

That right there: "I made the things that happened happen."

Savor this feeling. That's the feeling of you taking back control of your life. It's okay to feel butterflies when you're first doing it, but don't feel ashamed of it.
No. 954584 ID: 5fc3a0
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I guess that is what I'm supposed to do.

Okay. First step. Enter the hotel.
No. 954585 ID: 5fc3a0
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Second step, go up to her room.
No. 954586 ID: 5fc3a0
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Talk to... her...

Just gotta knock on this door.

My fist isn't moving. Oh my god I can't knock on a door.
No. 954587 ID: 5fc3a0
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No. 954588 ID: 5fc3a0
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No. 954590 ID: 465a14

Fall into pieces and start babbling incoherently.
No. 954591 ID: b1b4f3

Is this even the same person? She looks taller, and more well-endowed, and her snout is too long. Maybe the tip they got was wrong and this is someone who just looks kindof like her?
Say hello. Is she Pond? Regardless, warn her that some people from your ship are probably going to come by to assault her... though she looks like she'd be able to take care of herself to be honest.
No. 954594 ID: 83bf07

She's in danger. Pond or not, this address is compromised. Your former crew is on it's way to exact revenge. Best she prepare or leave.
No. 954595 ID: 58fc63

This doesn’t look like the right person...
No. 954596 ID: ce39da

"Uh, hey, I'm from a ship in the harbor, and some people from that ship said they were coming to this room to get at someone named Pond? And- And even if Pond isn't staying here, I thought you ought to know those guys are coming because I kinda don't like working for them and- and... yeah."
No. 954598 ID: c2f1f6

Blurt out "you're not pond".
No. 954599 ID: 015bf2

Sounds about right.
No. 954604 ID: 864e49

Don't know why everyone was expecting her to be here.
>"Room 474, Rezi Plaza. I just got word she's still out, but we can get her on the way back."

Either you old crew where idiots or this person has a connection with Pond. Regardless we need to swear our aligence keep her safe.
No. 954611 ID: b1b4f3

Oh, I thought "on the way back" meant something else which on hindsight was pretty convoluted. So yeah, they're gonna ambush Pond outside the hotel or something. Which means we should probably get this lady to either help in the ensuing fight, or contact Pond to warn her.
No. 954613 ID: 721c60

Ask if you can talk to Pond.
No. 954687 ID: 3bf416

Well, whoever this is there's a hit squad coming her way. Which is even worse if she's a completely unrelated person.

Let her know she's in danger and ask if she's Pond.
No. 955252 ID: 15a025

Apologize and ask if you've got the wrong room?
No. 955258 ID: 422cea

Cluck like a chicken in fear.
No. 955273 ID: 1ed92d

Kiss her you fool.
No. 956071 ID: 5fc3a0
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"Y-you're not Pond."
>"And you're not Rumplefucks, wanna make something of it?"
"S-sorry, I was just looking for Pond and... thought it might be you?"
>"You'd better leave thinking to the scientists then. It doesn't sound like you're here to goad me into a fight, so I'm gonna shut the door now."
>"Or am I wrong?"
"N-no it's just -"
No. 956072 ID: 5fc3a0
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The door's closing!

>Kiss her
Not a solution to any problem I've ever had in my life!

"WAIT there is a fight!" The door stops. "S- I'm from the harbor and Pond's in trouble cause they wanna exact revenge on her!"
>"Wait a second, are you one of those assholes from dock E9?"

"I mean no."

"I mean I don't think I'm an asshole but I'm from the ship from - I quit so no I'm not with them but until 15 minutes ago I was!"
>"Oh, you. How in the fuck did you confuse me with that doofy ass face?"
>"Do you think duduks all look the same, cause we're on opposite ends of the spectrum! You are goading for a fight, aren't you?! Claws up and poofed out and everything!"

I kind got distracted by everything and forgot that my crewmates said Pond was out and that they'd get her on the way back, so Pond probably isn't here!
No. 956075 ID: 736b7e

You can still ask her where Pond is and tell her they think this hotel room is hers. Also maybe that you didn't think she looked like Pond, you just expected her to be here.
No. 956076 ID: 015bf2

Well, this person probably knows where they're at! Might even be able to call them so they don't get pegged!

You'll just have to convince her that you're terrified of her, and not being aggressive.

... sit down and cover your head with your claws while pleading pathetically that she listen to what you have to say?

"Pond pretended to be a crew member and talked to me, and it kind of freaked me out a little, so I asked my captain, and Pond wasn't a crew member, and now the crew's all angry she's been butting into their business, and I'm actually not that happy to have her become their target even if she lied to me, so I'm trying to get in contact with her and tell her they're trying to get the drop on her on her way back to this room and maybe, uh, just maybe does she know someone who needs an engineer for hire?"
No. 956077 ID: 695467

"they'recomingtogetpondandthiswastheonlythingithoughtof" Cower and ramble
No. 956109 ID: c2f1f6

I literally said you're not pond as soon as I saw you! I overheard someone say were going to ambush pond when they showed up at this address! aaaa why do i tryyyy
No. 956110 ID: b1b4f3

Make a more submissive pose somehow.
Tell her you could tell she wasn't Pond as soon as you saw her but this is Pond's room and you weren't expecting a roommate. Ask her to at least warn Pond, you don't want her to get hurt. You're here to help.
No. 956113 ID: e7c7d3

You're not racist! You correctly identified her as Not-Pond. But she's very scary! Floof feathers more!
No. 956116 ID: ce39da

"I overheard my former crewmates say this was where Pond was staying and I wanted to come to warn her I don't wanna fight I just get scared really easily please don't hurt me!"
No. 956126 ID: 8d23f0

say something about poofy being a arousal response, and that you were trying to help pound.
No. 956131 ID: 3bf416

You definitely don't think they all look the same! She's strong looking and muscular and tough and nobody could mistake her for anybody else.
No. 956174 ID: 1ed92d

Tell her that you fluff up when you're scared and you're just trying to help Pond.
No. 956397 ID: 15a025

Squeak out a sorry and mention this was just the room you heard she was staying in.
No. 956404 ID: dbd72b


Translation, because this is hard to read: Sorry I'm thrown off, you're obviously not Pond but I was lookin for her, I wanna help her, she was nice to me.
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