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Old August 13th, 2013, 11:11 PM
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Max enters the bar shortly after the captain, looking and feeling out of place as he glances about nervously. This is exactly the sort of place where someone like him expects to be harassed by one type of security officer or another. Max would rather be somewhere else.

'Focus, you are here on business' he thinks to himself. Max needs to find a set of schematics for the Jump Drive if he is going to do some of the maintenance himself and save the ship some money. There are only two sources for that kind of information ... the shipyard, which already told him to 'Go to hell', and someone from the graduate program at the School of Engineering. Since spacers don't get appointments with college professors, Max will need to be more creative. When the Captain announced that he had business near the University, Max heard opportunity knocking.

It seemed a simple plan at the time, but looking at the people, Max was having serious doubts. He pulled nervously at his sleeve to make sure his tattoo was covered - a futile gesture since pulling at the sleeve briefly exposed the tattoo at his neck - and tried to recall his liaison training from back on the warship.

Max takes a deep breath and hurries to catch up with the captain. 'Dammit, how does he make it seem so simple to just talk to complete strangers like they were old friends' Max thinks to himself.