Swamped Chapter 95 Page 6

“One of the screw pumps is stuck. Only way we can keep it going is if someone operates it manually, and we need all of ’em right now. You handle that and I’ll check the others.”

Uh-oh. That sounds very time-consuming. And considering the number of ways you could get in trouble, being in one place for an extended period of time doesn’t sound like what you want to do. For one thing, how long is Carma’s illusion spell going to last?

Well. You can probably raise that issue in-character.

“Hold on. How long are we talking? I know I’ve been slacking a bit, but I do still have other work to do. Can’t just go off and man the pumps for an hour without telling anybody.”

The sailor looks annoyed.

“Of course it’s never that easy,” he grumbles. “Look, just tell me your name and I’ll inform the officers. They can decide whether to grab someone else, in which case you’ll only be pumping for five minutes or so, or whether to get someone to swap in on your other duties.”

Uh-oh. You don’t have a name here, or actual duties for that matter. Which means someone looking into either of those things could get you in a lot of trouble.

How should you handle this?

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