Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Drabble: Walkabout


“Battery low, sir.”

Crap. Worst possible time.

“What’s your estimated remaining active time?”

“No more than thirty minutes.”

I look around. We’re far more than thirty minutes’ walking time from the base, and even at that the unit’s battery estimates were frequently overstated.

“Are any power-saving procedure available?”

“Estimate includes shutdown of all nonessential functions. Could stretch it to an hour if stationary...”

“That doesn’t get us anywhere, though.”

“Shutting down.”

Double crap. I unfold the portable solar array from my backpack and plug in the prototype. Looks like another wasted day. Got do fix this wandering off problem.

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