Shoal It's cool.
Pamela Please, sit down. We're just about to eat—hopefully.
Grey What kind of food did they serve on the road?
Pamela Canned things, mostly. Non-perishables.
Grey Sounds satisfying.
Pamela I'm starving.
Grey Well, then, you're in for a treat. Miller is the best chef I've ever met. He keeps the whole colony up and running—don't know how we'd get by without him.
Shoal I don't know how you get by waiting so long for the food to show up.
Pamela Shoal, don't tell me you left your manners back at the Capitol.
Grey [laughing] Hey, tonight's meal is meant to be cooked in celebration. For the sake of the best things you'll ever taste, it's worth the extra wait.
Pamela Just be patient, all right, love?
Shoal Yes, Mom.
Grey So, does the head architect know what's on the checklist for Advancement?
Pamela Not exactly. Mr. Debars is the one with all the plans.
Grey Mm, I understand. But if you had to take a guess, what would you say?
Pamela Well … the buildings are the most in need of restoration.
Pamela I'd say full demolition and overhaul is tempting. Most of the foundation work doesn't meet the requirements anymore, especially in a landscape like this. The structures are hardly sound enough for expansion, and the ceilings are all higher than the current standard, besides that. The furniture doesn't function very well with the space; we could certainly be more efficient in that regard. As for myself, I think the basic layout of the public areas and the housing provisions feels like it was planned in a rush, so if it were up to me I'd redo most of the colony's design. I haven't been out to see your generators and turbines yet, but I assume the largest issue in safety is the lack of protection from the sun—it isn't on the minimum requirement list, but I'm sure Debars will want to have added a ceiling to the enclosure by the end of this Advancement. I’m sure it would be on the list next time, anyway.
Shoal Look! The food is coming!
Enter cooks carrying platters of food
Grey Well, listen, I hate to run but I promised Chief Foster I’d get a few things taken care of before heading off to bed. It was great meeting you both.
Pamela Likewise, Mr. Grey. You have a lovely son.
Sailor Can I stay and eat?
Grey Sure, little man. Be back home by dark.
Pamela We'll see each other tomorrow, I'm sure. We've got a big day of work ahead.
Grey Evidently. Have a good night.