Day 58. 154 pages, 77,128 words.
“And I can’t deconstruct at relative speed – you’ll have to drop it out of soft-space and hide it somewhere while I work. Any ideas?”
“I know some caverns that are big enough to hold it, but I have the same problem there as on the Highroads,” the Spider brought back two more well-filled glasses and raised one in salute as he handed the second to his guest. “If the engines go while it’s embedded in solid rock, the whole thing will make a considerable mess.”
Gornack returned the toast and drank appreciatively. “Might be worth the risk,” he said. “The danger period will be a lot shorter than if you’re taking the Highroads. What other options are there?”
Merdokk leaned over, took the computer from Gornack’s hands, and looked at it for a moment. Then he looked up.
“How long will you need?” he asked.
“I’ve never tried to take one of these things apart before, but I imagine they’re built along the same standard pattern as a battle platform or an armoured Skybase. I won’t know for sure until I’m on-site. But I’ll say three hundred hours, just to be safe.”
“And you can’t deconstruct in soft-space,” Merdokk murmured consideringly, then smiled. “What about un-space?”