As to the length of the occupancy, he let her know that doctor Mac Mori had disappeared from the Centre, suddenly and without a trace, and that was now more than two months ago. Having well exceeded the allowed limit of undeclared absence, wherever he was, he had automatically lost the right of occupancy and he would have to apply for a new space if he wanted to return to live in the Centre.
“Of course he will be able to reclaim his tools and personal effects, but as you know full well, we Unionians have no sense of possession”, he said. “And for that matter”, he added almost to himself, “everything is easily reproducible, and new versions of objects, tools and programmes are always better than the old ones.” And he continued to mutter quietly, “It's all reproducible in the Union, yes, yes with the exception of space, real space.”
After his small outburst, he pointed out that the investigation was closed and the habitation was now free. If Doctor Mac Mori happened to return he would be unable to claim it back, he stressed again. Classic sales technique, which had not changed in five thousand years, had him suggest that if she was interested she should visit it as soon as possible, and in fact he openly advised her to occupy it without delay. Refined spaces like that, he said, were not very common and there was a lot of interest. Finally he reminded her that space in the Union was generally very scarce and the Centre where she had decided to settle was not an exception, although it was at least able to maintain a decent level of habitability.
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