Dr. Cranor has been stonewalling my queries about requisitioning one, so I was willing to spend my own money to get one (there’s not much else to spend it on), but none of the stores in the shopping plaza in the hub seemed to sell any. They try to make it look like a little mall complete with its own food court, but the selection’s a little limited.
So I went to the company commissary and asked about them, and the clerk pointed me to night lights, and reminded me that the lighting in my quarters can be set to be voice or motion activated, and dimmed for night reading.
I think the message there was that there wasn’t any legitimate reason that a grade 3 research associate should need a flashlight inside their quarters, and I got the feeling that it wouldn’t be good to let on that I’d want it for poking around outside the dorm. I’m not exactly sure that the exploration I’ve been doing for Dr. Cranor is strictly kosher. I don’t think we’re supposed to go anywhere that’s off our personal maps. It might be that the flashlight Dr. Cranor gives me is the best one she can find.
So I said, “What about emergencies?” The clerk said that in an emergency, the emergency lighting will come on. I couldn’t really argue with that.
At least I got to see more of the hub, outside of the training level.