Strip 546 -- First Seen: 2010-10-11
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QUANTUM VIBE: Château Périlleux asks how does a society without a formal government deal with crime and criminal conspiracies? In the far-future space-city known as Bubbleopolis, they do it with a mixture of wit, grit, and a culture based on rolling up one's sleeves and doing what must be done. Diana Martelli, a recent arrival, likes to call it compassionate individualism. And speaking of, young Diana is tasked with finding out who killed a supposedly un-killable android -- and uncovers a conspiracy which shakes the very foundations of the city and its culture.
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The Transcript For This Page
Medium shot of Merry Petzger, holding a small electronic pad in one hand, assuming a formal pose as of a lawyer addressing a court, which is more or less what she is and is doing. Merry appears to be about 30, Caucasian with dark hair, not unattractive, dressed in a business-like fashion.
Merry: Your honor, I would like the record to show that my clients have been held, against their will, at Bob's Bail Bond, Bed & Breakfast since the alleged incident over two decadays ago.
Medium shot of Pablo Rosenberg, sitting at his desk, dressed in normal Belter attire with a Star of David pendant on a slender chain hung around his neck. (He's Jewish.) The desk is an ordinary executive's desk, not an elevated judge's bench such as in a Terran court room. There is a soft-ball sized gizmo front-and-center on his desk.
Pablo: Ok, Merry. Number One, please address me as Pablo or Sv. Rosenberg. This is not some putain court!
Pablo: Pardon my French.
Pablo: Two, you wanted me to be the judge in arbitration for your clients, and you knew this was the first opening in my schedule.
Medium three shot of the defendants, seated in chairs: Kinko (large, heavy-set, shaved head, Southern white-trash looking), Lawrence (tall, lanky, mixed Canadian/Chinese ancestry with aquiline nose and dark, almond-shaped eyes, long black hair, pot-smoker – although not in this scene), and Morris (Black, compact but muscular, with a burning intelligence in his eyes.) They are all quiet but a bit nervous. We can see a few more assorted individuals seated on benches behind them – they are spectators to the proceedings.
Pablo (OP): Three, nobody likes to be locked up, but Bob's Bail Bond, Bed & Breakfast is a palace – tanglenet, lap pool, gym, great food and optional visits from sexual service providers.
Looking over Merry's shoulder at Pablo. He's smirking just a bit at her.
Pablo: Are you just annoyed that you agreed to pay their tab at Bob's?