Reason

There’s no real reason to go back. Missions are scarce in that sector and in any
case all of my runs have been turned in. The warp fuel costs are going to set me
back some. There’s a neon blue glow in the background, the co-ordinates sitting
there on the screen. I keep glancing at the stars, and back again.

~~~

An old freighter all hollowed out. The less of it since I last passed through
here. Memories of skimming its hull during my last smuggling run. There’s no
urgency here today, and the wreck slowly fade into space. A check of
the navigation screen. I’m getting there.

~~~

I shut the engine down and turn off the navigation. Everything switched off
barring the life support. I only glimpsed this before in the shade of my afterburner.
the great swirls of cosmic dust all in yellow and blue, green and red. I wanted
to see it, just once, without hurry. I’ll be here, for a little while.

~~~

When the oxygen hits low I’ll go. but not before.

~~~

Couldn’t decide on the closing line so I included both.

Video I watched as I wrote this:

I’m going to miss Drown Out.

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Shanked

The light is blinding. I’ve shanked the warp co-ordinates. The cockpit is blanketed
by sparks. The engines are in the process of crapping out and the steering is
failing in ways I never even considered possible.

~~~

The ship has limped to a safe distance. the damage report is going to take some
time to finish. while waiting for that I’ll carry out whatever repairs I can.
The star is beautiful though. From this distance though. Not the other one.

~~~

The engines are actually better than expected. Same goes for the hull. The
former is functional, the latter is holding together. The steering is selective
in its responses. Shields gone, navigation’s glitched out. It’ll keep me busy.

~~~

In regards to small jumps the ships fine. I just carried one out to prove
the point. I cannot guarantee the same for large jumps. There’s still some
time before that. Fun fun fun.

~~~

Music listened to as I wrote this:

Good stuff.

Check

Just checked the counter. That’s three warp jumps completed. There’s five left,
which is just enough. I’m in no hurry right now, sitting back and counting the stars.
The small planet below is my destination. It ain’t going anywhere.

The jet stream of another ship. It’s a rare but pleasant sight. Not much in the way
of company but it’s good to know there’s other pilots out here. Well, that’s
enough stalling. Let’s get down there.

Devoid of life. Check. Mainly flat land. Check check. Well, better get the scanner
to work and hurry this up. The vast plain rising into a mountain backed the star field
makes for a nice view though.

Bingo. The thing’s suitable for mining. Which means I’ll get a nice payment for this
report. There’s no life here so nothings getting hurt, which is nice. Time to return
to the ship. There’s one more warp jump to be made.

~~~

Music listened to as I wrote this:

Scott Joplin’s good stuff.