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-- First Seen: 2008-10-17
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Larger panel, leave room for EFT logo.
The same tableau at Babbetteâ€™s counter, although the angle is shifted somewhat so we see the backs of Guy and Fiorella. Babbetteâ€™s still looking hostile.
Babbette: We donâ€™t take Continentals or Terran credit cards. Rooms are two gold grams per night, twelve grams per week â€¦ in advance.
Medium close-up on Babbette
Babbette: If you donâ€™t have gold, I can accept silver, water credits, Cokens, Gus, most casino chips â€“ or maybe that fancy digital assistant youâ€™re wearing.
Medium close-up on Guy, looking bewildered.
Guy: Er, Cokens? What are GUs?
This panel is a diagram of sorts containing various objects used as currency on Ceres. Three Cokens of different denominations; four different casino chips (from different casinos); a water certificate; a gold coin (about the size of a dime, marked '1 gram Au'); a silver coin (about the size of a quarter, marked '5 grams Ag'), a GU certificate marked '50 Grubstake Units.' Babbetteâ€™s explanation is contained in caption boxes, with quotation marks.
Caption 1: 'Cokens are Coke Tokens. The Ceres Coca Cola bottling plant issues Cokens in quarter, half and one liter denominations.
Caption 2: 'GUs are Grubstake Units. Issued by a mutual fund run by the Bank of Ceres, for prospectors who have staked mining claims on asteroids, but need further funding for tools, supplies, and so forth.'
Three-shot of Babbette, Guy and Fiorella. Guy is handing Babbette something that looks like a credit card, but thicker.
Guy: No problem. We can pay in gold.
Babbette sticks one end of the card into a slot of her payment terminal. Weâ€™re looking over her shoulder at the viewscreen, which shows the 'card' is really an â€śElectronic Walletâ€ť connected to 'Bank of Ceres' and 'eGOLD S.A., Panama.' She deducts 24 gold grams from the account named 'UWRS.'
Babbette: Looks like you came prepared. Will there be anything else?
Two shot of Guy and Fiorella. Theyâ€™re both speaking in turn.
Guy: Well, yes. Back on Terra, there is a great deal of confusion as to the nature of Ceresâ€™ government. We have no information as to how it is organized.
Fiorella: If you could arrange for us to meet with some of your elected officialsâ€¦
Three-shot of Babbette, Guy and Fiorella. Babbette has mostly forgotten her hostility now, and wears a casual expression as she hands Guyâ€™s 'wallet,' along with a paper receipt, back to him. Guyâ€™s and Fiorellaâ€™s eyes widen in response to Babbetteâ€™s response.
Babbette: Oh, we donâ€™t have any elected officials.