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Honour Among Thieves
Interpol Interrogation Log D
INTERPOL INTERROGATION LOG D
- DATE: September 16, 2517
- LOCATION: IAV ERICSON
- INSPECTOR ANDRE CLOUET, INVESTIGATING OFFICER
- CAPTAIN YING JOHNSON, INTERVIEW SUBJECT
INVESTIGATING OFFICER ENTERS INTERROGATION CHAMBER
CLOUET – And you are Captain Johnson, am I right?
JOHNSON – Yes sir.
CLOUET – Well my apologies for the long wait, Captain. When the Ericson sent me a wave telling me you were being held, I got here as quickly as I could, as I am very interested in speaking to you and your crew.
JOHNSON – How can we be of service to the Alliance?
CLOUET – Ah, compliance! You wouldn’t believe how rare that is in situations like this. I’m going to mark that down. Well, I wish to have a conversation with you Captain about a number of things, but let’s start with you.
It says here in my file that you spent your youth in and out of juvenile detention facilities until you were about 18 years old, on track for a life of petty crime. No particular strengths as evidenced in your remedial education test scores, no sign of motivation beyond the most basic of urges. Accusations of petty theft burglary and arson but no convictions as an adult, which is of course fortunate for you.
Then out of nowhere at age 24, you enroll yourself in flight school and graduated at the top of your class, obtaining a commercial pilot’s licence. To what do you attribute this turnaround in your fortune, Captain Johnson?
JOHNSON – Oh, I think that skill was always in me, but I come from humble beginnings and my parents could never afford anything that didn’t move without making donkey noises.
CLOUET – Yes of course, of course.
JOHNSON – I think that once I got a chance to obtain some time in mechanical vehicles, I discovered my natural ability for flying and I think I just sort of discovered my calling.
CLOUET – Sometimes opportunity strikes and you must make the best of it, I understand. And you did, it seems, take advantage of this opportunity to turn your life around, which is commendable, and it led, in the fullness of time, to a position on board a ship that I believe was called Ironmonger. You were a secondary pilot listed as a member of the salvage crew.
And now you find yourself a captain of a vessel of your own. Now you acquired this Shenmue about half a year back, according to the paperwork, is this correct?
JOHNSON – Yes, the word acquire is thrown around quite often, quite frankly, we’re still paying down the loan on it, so I wouldn’t call it mine quite yet.
CLOUET – And to whom are you indebted?
JOHNSON – Well, to the ship’s previous owner, which is clearly stated in all the documents.
CLOUET – Yes of course, I have seen the paperwork. So what sort of business have you been transacting since you assumed command of the Shenmue?
JOHNSON – We stick to the very simple, you know, moving cows from here to there, things of a nature that we can handle.
CLOUET – I love to hear that sort of thing from a freighter captain such as yourself. I have no doubt that you hold yourselves to the highest degree of legality.
JOHNSON – Yeah, my youthful exploits taught me that it was not beneficial to my health and wellbeing to cross the law, thus generally we haul stuff for people. You know, people move, sometimes it’s cattle; sometimes it’s fancy equipment for a fancy home. Our rates are reasonable given our less than stellar appearance of our ship.
CLOUET – Ah, yes, of course.
JOHNSON – We basically try to cater to the common man, but every once in a while we get a chance to move some high tech stuff, and of course everything is legitimate for the owners, who like to travel or go on adventures into the outer rim, but can’t leave without their luxury goods. You know, we pretty much go wherever.
CLOUET – Yes, of course. That leads me to your fellow crewmembers. They’re quite an interesting bunch. You have a medic who claims he has a medical condition of his own that results in frequent memory lapses. How do you trust him when you have to go under the knife?
JOHNSON – Oh, you know, our doctor’s fantastic. He has problems of what I think they call a psychomological [sic] nature. But you know, I look him in the eye, and as long as he has a clear look about him, I’m comfortable. If not, we give him aspirin and tell him to sleep it off.
CLOUET – (Chuckles). And your mechanic, he claims that he was struck on the head recently and has trouble remembering recent events. From the look of him and your ship, he needs his head examined. Wouldn’t you agree?
JOHNSON – Yes we had an unfortunate incident. You saw the size of this guy. I told him, ‘come on man you can’t be running through a ship of this size.’ But this guy, he never listens. And those bulkheads, I mean, did you see the size of the guy?
CLOUET – Yes, yes, he’s quite the man.
JOHNSON – Besides, this is it exactly, he always tries to prove that he’s a man, and you know where that leads, do you?
CLOUET – Mmm-hmm, that’s true.
JOHNSON – Last time he almost fell out of the hatch, he was dangling and I’m pretty sure he hit more than his head on his way down there.
CLOUET – Interesting.
JOHNSON – But a great mechanic though.
CLOUET – A great mechanic. I’m impressed.
JOHNSON – And his rates are reasonable. We’re not made of platinum.
CLOUET – Not at all. And speaking of platinum, the fact that you have a Shenzhou Colonist on your payroll as a logistics and procurement man? I mean, the Shenzhou are professional amnesiacs, if you get my meaning. So do you deliberately hire such forgetful types to fill positions on your ship?
JOHNSON – No, but unfortunately I can’t afford to pay them more. We had this guy lined up, and he was fantastic – went to school and all – but when he saw the living quarters and the pay we were able to offer, well, let’s say that this was the only guy that was willing to come on board.
CLOUET – I see, well let’s talk about your crew a bit more. I noticed that there was one set of crew quarters on board your ship that appeared to be occupied by a woman no less and yet there’s no mention of her on either your crew manifest or your passenger list. Is perhaps a member of your crew living a double life that I’m not aware of? I’m not a prude, but certainly such things can be confusing. So to whom do these articles of clothing and other items on board belong?
JOHNSON – Ah, no, we’re too simple a folk to engage in that kind of activity, you know, a couple pints of ale and some candy will do, no, there was a person that temporarily joined our crew and paid us a storage fee for her to store her items, so that’s what we’re doing, and she’s bound to contact us when she needs the items. Her name was something like Tornado Sky, or Blue Wind, yeah, something like that. Mainly Jonah dealt with her, they seemed to have a liking to each other, so he was ‘yo man, you can’t be talking to her because you’re impeding on my game,’ and you know, I mean, I don’t know the guy that well to impede on his game and I value my health, so I decided to stay out of it.
CLOUET – Interesting that you should say that. Indeed, Mr. Rothsay suggested that he and this woman in fact did not get along, and maybe there would have been some instances of sexual harassment taking place on the part of your all-male crew. Captain, what’s your philosophy on interpersonal conflicts?
JOHNSON – I always tell my crew: don’t dip your pen in the company’s ink. What they do outside of the ship, that’s their business, but I always say full professionalism when you come on my ship. There’s no double-timing on my boat.
CLOUET – Indeed, indeed. So you would characterize your relationship with this woman as contractual? She was paying you to store her equipment? Or was she a member of your crew?
JOHNSON – She paid us to store her equipment, and would pay extra if we didn’t go in there. You know, I couldn’t make sense of her stuff. Let me put it this way, if it can’t fly through space, it is no interest of mine.
CLOUET – So this woman, how long was she on board your ship?
JOHNSON – She was coming and going, whenever we stopped to refuel, but I would say, off and on, a couple of months?
CLOUET – Hmmm. Okay. Well in fact, Captain, by my records here, she was on the ship for a good deal longer than a couple of months. How well would you say you got to know this woman?
JOHNSON – I was going to say not well at all.
CLOUET – After several months cooped up on board a Firefly transport, on long trips through the Black? I find that difficult to believe.
JOHNSON – Well here’s the problem, out of the crew I have an excellent mechanic, a fantastic doctor and a competent procurement officer, but not a second pilot, so I pretty much live in the cockpit.
CLOUET – You know Captain Johnson, that is a fair point. I understand that it can be difficult on long journeys, especially if you are the only one with the requisite skill set, to maintain control of your own vessel. I understand. But let’s talk a little more specifically. On April 30, 2517, earlier this year, you are listed as taking on passengers and supplies on Beaumonde. Now am I to understand that this is around the time when this Tornado Sky first contracted you and your ship to move her from place to place?
JOHNSON – That sounds about right, sir.
CLOUET – And after that you go off the grid and arrive on Paquin on May 29th, from there you traveled to Persephone, landing on June 16th, and I then have Shenmue listed as making planetfall on Athens, at a place called Stanton Gap, on or about June 29th. Can you tell me what your business was on Athens? As I understand it there’s not much there other than large piles of rubble left over from the War, some marble being quarried, and so on and so forth. So I am curious about your activities on Athens, on or about June 29th.
JOHNSON – So when we were coming down landing, our side thruster, the one that’s always been wonky, it totally gave in, and we barely made it, so what happened was I had to compensate because when we were pushing through atmo, we were shaking, and I knew something was wrong because right before we came in, I saw a glimmer of light, and it’s white, and whenever I see white it’s bad news, so we went through atmo, and I knew this thing was going to blow, and sure enough it blew, and we started spinning like crazy, and we landed, and we were just going to pick up this cargo from this guy who had left it there, hired a crew to go get it, and we landed, barely, and spent a lot of time doing repairs. And we tried to get the package and of course, it was gone – turns out the guy took it with him, he was an idiot, but he paid.
CLOUET – That’s a stirring tale, Captain Johnson.
JOHNSON – The perils sailing in these Fireflies, Inspector.
CLOUET – Now was this Tornado Sky woman with you when you landed, er, ‘barely’?
JOHSON – Yeah I think she was vomiting.
CLOUET – That paints an interesting mental picture. So where did you go next, after this job went south?
JOHNSON – It took us quite a while to repair Shenmue, but we made some contacts because we need parts and some of the parts were hard to come by, and this guy had parts but no ship, which was weird, but I wasn’t going to ask questions, he wanted to charge us quite a lot, and our budget was pretty much spoken for because we wanted to make the payments on our ship in full.
CLOUET – Yes naturally you wouldn’t want to fall behind.
JOHNSON – Yes we wouldn’t want to fall behind and get on the Interstellar Registered Debt Non-Payers list, and it’s important for our job rating to stay honest and so we asked if we could do something for him, and he said he was a wine connoisseur, which at first had me worried because I thought connoisseur meant something else, but he explained it to me and we made this run to pick up some wine for him.
CLOUET – And where would you have picked up this wine?
JOHNSON – This swampy planet, uh, Greenleaf.
CLOUET – So you would admit then to landing on Greenleaf somewhere around July 13th?
JOHNSON – Yes, that date sounds about right.
CLOUET – And you’re sure your business was related to the vineyards and not say the equatorial swamps?
JOHNSON – We passed by the equatorial swamps because gorram idiot gave us the wrong coordinates, I think he was dyslexic.
CLOUET – Of course. From there, where was your next destination?
JOHNSON – That would be Persephone.
CLOUET – So you delivered this cargo of wine to Persephone?
JOHNSON – Yeah, that’s what we were told to do. We don’t pick them, we just deliver.
CLOUET – So if I have this right you began a chain of employment that took you from Persephone to Athens to Greenleaf. Let me backtrack. Persephone to Athens, where the cargo you were supposed to pick up had already been picked up, so instead and you went to pick up wine from Greenleaf, from the same gentleman. Was this the same gentleman who had the cargo and then left with it or was it a different person?
JOHNSON – Different guy.
CLOUET – From Greenleaf you deliver the wine to Persephone. And this Tornado Sky was with you the whole time?
JOHNSON – That’s affirmative.
CLOUET – Hmmm. Then it would appear that your travels have caught with you on Persephone somewhat. Can you tell me about what occurred on the date of August 22nd of this year? After your arrival on Persephone? Can you tell me about your movements that day, your whereabouts, and what you were doing?
JOHNSON – Once we delivered our cargo to the bonded warehouse-
CLOUET – Bonded warehouse?
JOHNSON – Where we were directed to, we collected our payment, and you know, when you touch down on Persephone, I gave the crew some time off to go about their business, they spend time in the black and sometimes have a need to reconnect with civilization.
CLOUET – I would hardly call Persephone a beacon of civilization, wouldn’t you?
JOHNSON – Well of course not but you know we’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer, and we know not to aim too high.
CLOUET – And so what became of this woman you refer to as Tornado Sky, or Blue Wild or whatever?
JOHNSON – Well, you know, we were out and about, and you know, we pretty much contacted the crew to get back to the ship, and you know, we fell victim to some crazy pirates!
CLOUET – Crazy pirates you say? No!
JOHNSON – I mean, there were something mad about these men, they came out of the woodwork shooting, and it was madness.
CLOUET – Madness you say?
JOHNSON – There was some shooting. My philosophy on those things is retreat is the better part of valour, so all we really cared about was taking off. We didn’t want to get engaged. Those kinds of relationships tend to follow you. We’re trying to keep our heads above the water.
CLOUET – Would this then be your explanation for this report from Persephone Traffic Control dated August 22nd of this year, that a firefly class transport, designation Shenmue lifted off from its landing bay without clearance and “supremely reckless manner.”
JOHNSON – Unfortunately that was us, but we were fleeing for our lives, and as I mentioned, unfortunately, not all flight control systems are up to par, so sometimes our landings and departures are far less graceful than I would like.
CLOUET – I see. Well you know that is a hefty fine attached to such an activity and if I were a collections agent you and I would be having a very different discussion at the moment. I do have reports from several witnesses that a shootout did take place on August 22nd, directly in front of the landing pad where Shenmue was listed as having landed. Can you tell me, Captain Johnson, was this your first encounter with these pirates?
JOHNSON – Well, I mean, we’ve seen some less than stellar characters on our way, but these people just came out of nowhere shooting, I really didn’t take much stock in determining what their looks were, I was more interested in trying to take off.
CLOUET – I find that very interesting, because I do have Shenmue listed as being docked at a Fueling Station in the vicinity of Three Hills, at the same time that two members of the Sundeen Seven, these pirates were admitted to the station’s local first aid station with injuries of varying severity. Would you chalk that up to a coincidence?
JOHNSON – The Sundeen Who?
CLOUET – The Sundeen Seven, I believe that was the appellation given to this particular band of marauders.
JOHNSON – I mean, you know, when the ship was refueling, we refueled ourselves in the canteen, and there seemed to be some men storming out of the canteen at some point in time, this guy nearly spilled my meal on his way out, but there wasn’t anything unusual about them than a guy trying to hurry to his ship when it was ready to take off. I checked them off as martyrs trying to make sure the ship doesn’t take off with out them, nothing special about that, we’ve seen crewmembers fall asleep and be left on the station to teach them a lesson.
CLOUET – I see. So, you claim as a way of preserving yourselves in self-defense that you fled this awful situation. Was this woman on board your ship when you did?
JOHNSON – No, she was not really part of the crew, so when the crew came back to their quarters she wasn’t there. I can’t say for sure because there were bullets flying and I then I just kept my head down and bolted for Shenmue and the relative safety of the space hold, so if she was there I didn’t see her. She certainly wasn’t on board once we took off.
CLOUET – Interesting. I guess what puzzles me, Captain Johnson, is that she would choose to depart your ship, but leave her personal belongings, not just the items that she was asking you to transport on her behalf per se, but her clothing, her toiletries, and her personal effects, that she would leave that all behind. And while you departed in such a hasty manner. Was it your intention to rob her?
JOHNSON – Oh no, of course not. She had a way of contacting us all the time. I mean, I wondered about it for a while when we hadn’t heard anything. We were ready. You know she was a paying customer and we weren’t going to walk out on a paying customer, because word of mouth is everything in this business, and I was wondering for a while about it for myself and then I figured that she was probably one of them real rich girls who just came down to spend some time with the traveling folk, just to see what it is, to live the true grit, but yeah, she probably just didn’t much care for these things and true to our word we left it all there, and if she ever comes calling, it’s hers. We try to do good by all our customers.
CLOUET – That is a very commendable business practice. So it is your opinion then that she resigned whatever tenuous position she had on board?
JOHNSON – I wouldn’t call it a real position like Jonah, Doc, or Worth, you know, she was there for a ride. But I’ll tell you one thing though, she seemed to be good with them computers, but that really happen with all the kids who go to school, and grow up, acquiring various vehicles… Yep, I mean, if she’d only left next of kin, an address, or even her real name, we would return her stuff to her, but as far as we know, she just doesn’t want it any more. We weren’t going to dump it.
CLOUET – Yes I see that you haven’t. So tell me Captain, where exactly did you travel after leaving Persephone in such a hurry then?
JOHNSON – We went towards Beaumonde.
CLOUET – That’s right I have it here: a registered landing on Beaumonde where you lingered for a few days before picking up the load of titanium sheeting that currently resides in your cargo hold.
JOHNSON – Yes, this shooting business, not that we haven’t been around shooting, but it does ruffle the feathers some, so we thought we would lay low for a couple of days, make sure Shenmue is operational, and you know, bills aren’t going to pay themselves.
CLOUET – Right. And so you set out on your way, ostensibly to Osiris, but you diverted to Beylix some days later. Do you recall what your business was on Beylix?
JOHNSON – Well you know, it seems like, once again we were taking off out of atmo I saw the white light, and every time see white light, I’m like, this is not right, and sure enough, our Shenmue crapped out, Wentworth couldn’t fix it any better so we had to divert to get some spare parts.
CLOUET – I see. And so you departed Beylix after repairs and found your way to Osiris, where the Ericson stopped you for a routine customs inspection. Some routine, eh Captain Johnson?
JOHNSON – Yes sir.
CLOUET – Let us double back to Persephone for a few moments. Now your mechanic, Mr. Evans, he claims that a message was sent to this Tornado Sky woman before you lifted off from the Eavesdown Docks. Would you know the contents of that message?
JOHNSON – No sir.
CLOUET – Mr. Evans also ventured to say that Tornado Sky said she had to go and meet somebody, do you know who that might have been?
JOHNSON – No, sorry, I can’t help you with that.
CLOUET – You know, Mr. Evans is not just your mechanic, he’s pretty much your first mate, is that correct?
JOHNSON – Yeah, I’d say we’re good buds.
CLOUET – Well you know this “good bud” of yours has gone so far as to accuse you of negligence. In his in words, “he” and I believe this refers to you Captain Johnson “-is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and does not always dot his I’s and cross his T’s.” What would you say about that Captain?
JOHNSON – I would say that he should get his head examined and remember who paid for his last meal. I mean, yes the ship isn’t in the best of conditions but it’s not my fault, and he’s the mechanic, I mean, that’s not nice to pass on one’s shortcomings to another, I would have never said anything like that about him.
CLOUET – Oh of course, I mean you are the leader, the Captain. I’m also having difficulty parsing some of the statements made by your medic, this Doctor Tulsa. Now Tulsa claimed that this Tornado Sky person was on board and left before he signed on as the medic of your ship. Something about that does not seem right to me.
JOHNSON – Yeah, the problem with our doctor is that I believe he has some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder, and, fine doctor that he is, if you don’t see clear into his eyes, I’m not quite sure he understands where he is or what time it is. We often catch him talking about things that might have only happened in his head or perhaps from his past, but this guy can sew you up like there’s no tomorrow.
CLOUET – I see, so you despite his shortcomings you still have the utmost confidence in his abilities as a medic?
JOHNSON – This man has skill running all the way through his body. He could be speaking gibberish to me and I’d still let him stitch me up.
CLOUET – Well nobody would accuse you of disloyalty to your crewmembers Captain. I commend you for that. So let’s again come back around to Persephone. This illegal takeoff is an interesting unfortunate circumstance of course. If I understand the circumstances under which you claim this has taken place. So you left Persephone, and traveled to Beaumonde. Did you happen to make any stops along the way?
JOHNSON – If by stop you mean that the damn thruster misfired and we had to go round the damn moon twice because we couldn’t turn to starboard, then yes, but other than that, not intentionally no. That slingshot maneuver, I thought I’d never have to use it.
CLOUET – That’s very interesting Captain. However, it’s also untrue. Take a look at this and tell me what you see. Now I don’t think I need to tell you when this picture was taken but I will anyways, Captain. This image capture was taken at the scene of this unfortunate shootout several hours after your ship made its illegal takeoff and disappeared from Persephone’s Traffic Control readouts. But wonder of wonders, the captain, his first mate, and ship’s doctor, are standing here in the street hours later. How can this be?
JOHNSON – I must have misunderstood the question. Once we took off, we went around the moon and went to Beylix, but after our erratic takeoff from the spaceport, we couldn’t leave atmo, so we set the ship down, and naturally had to investigate. Everybody knew, everyone could have checked the logs who we are, we just wanted to know what was going on.
CLOUET – Hmm. That’s an interesting explanation Captain Johnson. So you admit to returning to Persephone after an illegal takeoff?
JOHNSON – That’s where I misunderstood the question. We didn’t leave.
CLOUET – So what did you see when you back to the scene of this unfortunate incident?
JOHNSON – Well, we saw blood and you know, we saw a lot of officers investigating.
CLOUET – And you did not feel any sort of duty to report your involvement in the activities that had taken place at that landing pad from which you left in a supremely reckless manner?
JOHNSON – I will not deny that we left in a reckless manner, but we were actually worried that if we stepped forward, those who were watching before would keep on watching, and we wanted to keep a low profile. After all, yes, we did take off and at that moment in time we did not have sufficient funds to pay that fine, not the most stellar thing to do we realize, but unfortunately as I said we’re not made of platinum and can barely keep afloat, and since we saw some blood, there were no bodies, we figured there was no crime. It’s kind of shameful to come out and say ‘hey, we’re the boys who got whipped and ran away with our tails between our legs.’ Not our proudest moment, but hey we’re just a pilot, doctor, and mechanic, not really a fighting force. So yeah, you know, we were ashamed.
CLOUET – Captain I don’t think that shame is the appropriate emotion to be feeling, because our evidence indicates that you were not on the losing side of that fight.
JOHNSON – Well we did get out alive. I call it a win too.
CLOUET – No in fact I think you should be proud of your accomplishment in meting out a measure of justice on a gang of miscreants. No judge would convict, if it were to come out that in the course of defending yourselves you were to have caused the death of one or more of these gang members, as I said. The Alliance of course frowns on vigilantism but we also understand that there are extenuating circumstances. But you see Captain Johnson I am not so much interested in this shootout as I am interested in the whereabouts of the woman whose name I think you do know as Wild Sky.
JOHNSON – That’s what it was. I knew it had to be something with the sky.
CLOUET – I’m glad I could clear that up for you. But you see I am still not clear myself. Because I must bring to you the most troubling piece of evidence that I have found so far. Not far from the site of your landing pad shootout my men found a secondary crime scene inside a nearby network of shipping containers. Now the Eavesdown Docks is famous for its dangerous nooks and dangerous crannies, as I’m sure you know. But in this hidden corner we found an awful lot of blood, blood that I believe you won’t be surprised to learn was originally flowing inside Wild Sky’s veins.
JOHNSON – Well I’m actually surprised. I didn’t know that you could tell that.
CLOUET – Well I am not surprised that you’re surprised. But consider the facts from my perspective, Captain. You have a crew with what I can only describe as a unanimous bout of amnesia clouding over their head. I also have Wild Sky’s belongings on board your ship, and I have you placed not once but twice at the scene of a violent activity, violence that it would seem that this Wild Sky was involved in. I have no choice but to conclude that you are involved, if not responsible, for her disappearance. Now I don’t have to tell you the severity of such an accusation.
JOHNSON – Well, no, but as I mentioned we’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer but even I know that if we had something to do with her disappearance we’d dump her stuff first chance we had. We haven’t done it because we’re waiting for her to come back and get the stuff from our hold.
CLOUET – Well that’s one way of putting it Captain Johnson. Perhaps another is that you haven’t yet found a fence for her goods. Some of them were of quite high quality. But my question is why? Was it you Captain, or was it Rothsay who has already admitted that he did not get along with Wild Sky? Was it the promise of whatever technological secrets were contained in her workshop? Tell me?
JOHNSON – Yes, inspector, you have the wrong crew here. I mean yeah she was with us, yeah we flew her around, but as I said, she came, and she went.
CLOUET – “She came, and she went.” And that is your statement?
JOHNSON – Yes. I mean, yeah, maybe we would fence her gear if we were those types of people, but quite frankly, you’ve seen my crew. Half of the time we’re not sedated to lessen our traumas, we’re grease monkeys trying to make sure this thing stays afloat. Not that we don’t read novels about all the adventures people have, but our adventures comprise of holding on to our pants when we’re landing funny on a planet.
CLOUET – Captain, I can play this game as well as anyone. Now according to this bill of lading that has been appended to this file, you’re transporting a cargo to a manufacturing facility on Osiris. What do you think the penalty would be, should this cargo be seized while in transit, or your ship impounded on suspicion of violations of Alliance transshipment laws? Or impounded on suspicion of illegal activity on Persephone? After all, that unauthorized takeoff flag isn’t going to look very good on your permanent record. In fact, I would venture to guess that both the shipper and the receiver might have grounds to seize your ship in recompense for the lost shipment. And that would be a tragedy for a gentleman such as yourself who prides himself on being a law-abiding trader of legitimate goods and services. I just want us to understand one another Captain Johnson. I can help you ensure that your cargo arrives safe and on time but in order for me to do that you have got to help me.
JOHNSON – Well from where I sit you have us dead to rights, Inspector. We ain’t done anything wrong, but I catch your drift.
CLOUET – All right, then my request will be as simple as it is logical. I wish to know the whereabouts of Wild Sky. If you can lead me to her, or at the very least, her body, I might be willing to overlook these charges. If not, I can have you bound by law for an illegal killing. This is not a threat Captain Johnson. We can argue about habeas corpus later. But I just want you to understand I wish to find out where she is, and if as you say she has merely left, and you expect to hear from her, maybe drop me a line, when you do.
JOHNSON – I understand. This ship and this crew is all I got. I will do whatever I can to assist the Alliance in locating this individual, but as I said, I would start with socialites, people who just get off on putting simple hardworking folks like us in trouble, I mean I will do whatever I can, and I know that you can track us, that’s clear, so we ain’t running, if we ever hear from her or come across her, I will be sure to let you know.
CLOUET – Again, as I said at the beginning of our interview, compliance, it’s so rare, but I am glad to hear that you are coming around. So, I will consider what you have said, and you will consider what I have said, and perhaps one of us will be in touch.
JOHNSON – As soon as we hear from her, you will know.
CLOUET – That’s what I like to hear Captain Johnson. You enjoy the rest of your journey into the Central Planets.
JOHNSON – Well thank you, sir.
INVESTIGATING OFFICER EXITS INTERROGATION CHAMBER.
JOHNSON – Wentworth…Negligence? I’ll show you negligence.