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Strip 236 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Permit lunacy
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First Seen: Mon 2011-11-14
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Transcript For Strip 236

Panel 1
Seamus and Nicole begin walking along the corridor. They pass a sign reading, 'To shuttles.' Nicole is looking somewhat angry.
Nicole: You didn't expect – holy shuck, Seamus!
Nicole: What if I'd been caught on-planet without a 'permitz'?

Panel 2
Closer 2-shot of Nicole and Seamus.
Seamus: That's unlikely to happen, unless you needed to use it for some reason.
Seamus: In which case, they'd confiscate your zringer, haul you before a magistrate, and fine you 10,000 Miltons.

Panel 3
Another 2-shot. Nicole looks askance at Seamus.
Nicole: 10,000 Miltons – that's like 20 augrams!
Seamus: At current exchange rates, yes.
Seamus: And I'd cover that for you. Employee expense, you know.
Panel 4
Now they are walking among some other people, all going the same direction.
Nicole: Gee, thanks.
Nicole: But wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to just get me a permit?

Panel 5
They approach a boarding gate. A sign reads, 'To Aldrinopolis.'
Seamus: Not really.
Seamus: A permit requires that you appear in-person, provide retinal and finger-print scans, and place a 25,000 Milton bond. Which is non refundable.

Panel 6
They pass by a gate agent. Seamus shows her the same cards he'd given to the first customs agent.
Nicole: Twenty-five … are you kidding?
Nicole: It's cheaper to pay the fine than to buy the permit?
Nicole: Why, that's … that's ...

Panel 7
Seamus and Nicole enter the shuttle. It looks like an airliner, with 3 seats on the right side, 2 seats on the other, an aisle down the middle.
Seamus: Lunacy? I suppose it appears that way from your perspective.
Seamus: But if the goal is to keep weapons out of the hands of the riff-raff, the hoi-polloi, then it makes some sense.

Panel 8
They take their seats in the front row. Seamus takes up the window-side two seats on the 3-seat side, Nicole takes the aisle seat.
Nicole: Riff-raff? Hoi-polloi?
Seamus: Lower classes. Concepts foreign to L-5 City, but widespread on Terra, Luna, and in our shared history.

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