07/08/2016 at 7:57 PM #8745NZSimianParticipantRank: Senator
Based on a true story.
There I was, hauling crap from the arse-end of the galaxy to some poor farmers who clearly can’t generate enough crap on their own.
I was tired, jump-mad, and in need of a bath.
But I was in Alliance space, a bath can wait.
“Hey buddy”, this guy says from across the bar, “Nice ‘conda – wha aargh!” he started, his voice cut short from a gunshot to the neck.
Sod off, I’m drinking here.
“He’ll live”, I say to the bartender
“Damn”, he replies, “We’ve been trying to get rid of him”.
“Tell you what though, Commander, here’s a free drink”.
As the patron is dragged out, I notice a data card left on the floor.
I know I shouldn’t but I pick it up anyway.
Yep, it’s a tip-off.
“Greetings, blah blah, blah, go here, blah blah, ship wreck, blah blah”.
I leave, head back towards the hangar, and my ship, Magellan.
We’re in an Alliance port, and I’m not staying.
A few days later, I decide on a whim to have a look at that tip off.
Some chatter I’d picked up suggests that they can be lucrative.
And I really can’t see myself making another trip out for crap anytime soon.
I find the system, jump in and run a scan.
The target planet is 145K LS from the main star.
Time for a beer or two.
Check the co-ordinates; yep, I know where I’m headed.
I come in low, and drop down 4.5 klicks from the target zone, behind a small series of hills.
No point alerting anybody who might be watching.
Time to take the SRV out for a bit.
Reminds me of dune-bugging when I was a kid.
After an hour, I realise that I’ve been circling the wreck co-ords, and haven’t seen a thing.
I recall my ship, and return to the con.
Engines engaged, check the co-ords, I should be on top of this damn wreck.
Message incoming “Your cargo is mine”
Oh, I see now.
The dance doesn’t last long.
They never do.
I leave the Python smouldering on the ground for a few moments before I offload another volley into its exposed core.
Damn, I need a drink.
08/08/2016 at 11:46 AM #8748SketchyParticipantRank: Centurion
Keep them coming, I’ll keep reading.
08/08/2016 at 10:42 PM #8755DAMORGSModeratorRank: Senator
I’m scared of where this could be going….
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