I’d never even heard of of a Polixaci liner breaking down, but mine did.
I asked one of the crew, “How often does this happen?”
He chittered, “It’s been quite a long time. We have backups and secondaries for all systems. Several things must go wrong at once for the ship to be immobilized.”
“What happens now?”
“We wait for another ship to come with parts.”
“Well,” he paused, “Hopefully not so long that we have to start eating passengers.”
Apparently the little antennae wobble is a giggle. I hadn’t even known they had a sense of humor.