"I'd hate to be the bot who cried Sparkeater, but-" Load begins. He's quickly interrupted by Lock.
"Don't," he cautions. "We don't want to incite panic."
"Oh, like people aren't panicking already?" Load points out.
"It wouldn't be a Sparkeater. There's no way it could've gotten aboard, and no reason it would've waited a month to start eating."
"Unless it was hiding in that wreckage."
"Okay, then explain why the victims were bound. Sparkeaters don't do that."
"Well, then somebody might be feeding it."