Volaten Vedor

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%%556781…SYSTEM ENABLE TRIGGER…

INSTANTIATE AUDIO

INSTANTIATE VIDEO

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GENERATE AUDIO: ‘VOLATEN PROVISIONS. CONNECTING HOME COOKING TO YOU.’

‘Bah, shut up, stupid machine.’

REGISTER USER INPUT: A-ONE-FIVE

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SELECTION: APPLE PIE RATION BAR

‘So, you come all this way to ask me about a job, even though you know I’d say no?’

‘The travel isn’t so bad. Expensive though.’

‘Which, knowing you, will be your way of saying that this job is going to be the way to pay for that and more?’

‘You know me too well.’

EJECTING SELECTION

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‘Oh, come on, hurry up you damned-’

ERROR – ITEM LODGED

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SUBMITTING ERROR MESSAGE

‘Bah!’

‘Who cares about the bloody vending machine. Just listen to me for once and you could be dining anywhere you wanted on Amurin!’

‘And that’s what you’d like? Me to be back on Amurin, with the rest of you grease lathered pigs? You may be content to wallow in the filth you made for yourselves, but if I’m going to be served shit, I’d prefer to have a little bit of fresh air to at least go with it. If I could actually be served anything!’

CAUTION – SHAKING DETECTED

‘If I had things my way, I wouldn’t be here watching you harass a vending machine. If things were my way, I’d still be quite comfortably curled up in a beautiful, woolen blanket watching the stars drift by on Peresis. You remember Peresis, don’t you?’

‘I remember wasting time there in hiding after we ran your previous ‘jobs’.’

‘Oh, come off it. You used to enjoy spending time up there. Sure, there wasn’t much there, but I thought you liked the idea of that ‘minimalism’.’

‘It makes things simpler to enjoy. Less distractions.’

%%556791…REATTEMPT ITEM EJECTION

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‘If you do this, you could set up there permanently.’

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‘I’m here permanently. There’s nothing that would get me planetside again.’

‘Eighteen million, split.’

ERROR – ITEM LODGED

ERROR MESSAGE SEVERITY (+1)

GENERATE AUDIO: ‘WE APOLOGISE FOR THE DELAY. A TECHNICIAN HAS BEEN CONTACTED AND WILL BE WITH YOU IN… EIGHTY-THREE… HOURS.’

‘Eighteen? For file grab?’

‘Just one file grab. Offload the data, upload to the client.’

‘Split between?’

‘Just the six of us.’

USER INPUT: TRANSACTION TERMINATED

‘Who did you say we were grabbing the file from?’

‘Well, that part you might not stomach until after we actually get you some food. So, why don’t you allow me?’

ERROR

ERROR

SEVERE DAMAGE DETECTED [GLASS SCREEN]

SUBMITTING URGENT—

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