BELT Looking For Work

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  1. Damian Slavko

    Damian Slavko Captain of The Kanyari

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    Damian gripped the arms of his crash couch white-knuckle tight. Gravity pressed on him like an elephant, then a whale. The air was forced out of his lungs and his eyeballs were crushed in their sockets. His vision started to narrow and his hearing became quiet before a needle pierced his neck and it all came rushing back.
    “Dis is it, Beltalowda! Buckle up!”
    Damian looked over at Lei, along with the rest of the crew, and thought about how much she had become part of it. He wondered if the doctor they saved would become the same way. “Its like a hotel in here,” he thought, as Henry dodged another plume of ash and sent the crew straining hard against their straps.
    “Sorry!” he shouted.
    “Na worry, beratna! Still xiya!” called Mack in reply.
    Damian blinked his eyes and looked at his monitor. Still a ways to go. His vision started to narrow again and he cried for more juice. It hit him like a jolt of electricity to the spine and he let out an “unh.” Mack's were closed but he had a huge smile on his face.
    “Crazy fucker,” laughed Damian in his mind.
    “Gah!” shouted Malik as Henry did another roll. Damian looked back at him and he definitely looked the worst for wear. His face was green, and his nose was bleeding. Damian looked around. Everyone's was. He tried to lift his hand to his face but the force was too strong. Mack still had his goofy smile.

    His gaze shifted to Henry, whom he couldn't see very well. His vision began to narrow again and the lines of his monitor faded to black.
     
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  2. Rachel Lei

    Rachel Lei Free Agent of Providentia

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    The strongest metals are forged under the most extreme heat and pressure, even under the pressure of a high speed slingshot, wreathes in the flames of atmospheric friction, the crew of the Durango passed out one by one, whilst Rachel grinned ear to ear, trying to whoop, but the sound only resulting in a squeak.

    The bridge temperature had begun to climb, being a rockhopper, there was no fancy cooling systems, only those that kept the crew warm in the void, as the thermometer climbed, the beads of sweat the managed to break to the surface of Rachel’s skin felt like bullets. Her vision blurred as her eyeballs deformed under the extreme pressure, somehow looking sideways, she noticed that Henry was still conscious and expertly piloting them through the plumes of volcanic ash.

    She made a mental note to talk to the man after the slingshot was done, he was made of tougher stuff than she first gave him credit. At the slingshot continued, the computer seemed it appropriate to hit the crew with another round of the juice, who all responded with a series of squeaks, yelps and grunts. Rachel tried her hardest to focus on the terminal display in front of her...pashang, not even half way through...
     
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  3. Afza Mirev

    Afza Mirev Doctor on the NPS Kanyari

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    The juice woke Mirev suddenly. She gasped for air as she looked at the cartoonish world in sharp focus around her.

    Her insides burned as the juice pushed itself through her veins. She’d never experienced high g travel like this. She couldn’t imagine what photos of rocks would be worth having this strain on their bodies.

    Mirev tried to look at the Durango’s crew, the effort giving her a headache. She saw Mack smiling wildly; with his skin stretched tight and pooled against the crash couch it had an unsettling effect.

    Malik had turned a greenish color, as had Damian. Mirev imagined she looked about the same. Only Rachel and Henry seemed relatively unaffected by the force.

    Strange for a geologist to be familiar with such high gs, Mirev thought. She didn’t have time to pursue the train of thought, though, as her tunnel vision had returned by then and she felt herself once again falling unconscious.
     
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  4. Henry Noam

    Henry Noam XO/Pilot of The Kanyari

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    Malik let out a “huh!” as the juice hit him and brought him back to consciousness.

    “I hate this,” Henry heard him say. He couldn't help but crack a smile. He wasn't the best fighter, the best drinker, or the best lover he knew, but damn it if he wasn't the best flyer. His monitor's readout told him all but Lei had lost consciousness.

    “Let's do that again!” Mack tried to yell, but it came out as a low grunt. Henry chewed his lip as he saw the readout: halfway there. He wasn't so worried about Lei or Mack, but the rest of the crew was another story. He hoped they would make it. Another plume of smoke arose from Io's surface and he yelled another apology at them as he dodged it.

    “No problem, bosmang!” called Mack.

    “I wasn't talking to you, you pashangwala pagal!” called Henry. He was starting to feel it too, the irresistible weight of gravity's full unfettered wrath. He noticed the edges of his eyes start to blur, and his thoughts became a little difficult, so he hit the button for the juice. He heard a few of the crew regain consciousness once again and his vision returned to normal. He only had one or two more doses left to administer before the crew's toxicity levels ticked into the red, so he decided he would only hit the button again if it was absolutely necessary to keeping him awake.

    “Got du xep milowda,” he pleaded as he looked at the readout: past the halfway mark but still a bit to go.
     
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  5. Rachel Lei

    Rachel Lei Free Agent of Providentia

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    Rachel tried to say an amen to that, she wasn’t a religious person but it did seem appropriate when your brain weighed about as much as the rockhopper they were flying in. Her amen came out as a gurgle, followed by her body going into an extended coughing fit, each one feeling like a punch to the gut.

    A new jolt of juice hit her, like a bolt of ice cold lightening to her spine. The ice crept through her system, reaching all the way to her fingertips which gripped the armrests to the point they dug into the fake leather. The bridge continued to vibrate as the fire outside raged, like they were falling face first into the sun itself.

    Then, out of the blue with a cheerful chime, large words spoiled her terminal display: Data collection complete, drone subroutine complete.

    “Oh thank gott,” Rachel groaned as she typed out a quick message to Henry: Mission complete, get us out of here. Teakettle only. Good flying Ace, first round is on me.
     
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  6. Damian Slavko

    Damian Slavko Captain of The Kanyari

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    Damian felt his mind rush back to him all at once as the Durango exited its slingshot around Io and slurred at Henry to plot a course for the Azul Palace.
    “Already on it, bosmang.”
    Damian sat for a moment watching his monitors shift in and out of focus until they became relatively stable, then took an anti-emetic and lit a cigarette.
    What was that all for? he wondered. He resolved to find out.
    “Mack, to gut?” he asked.
    “Never better,” Mack replied.
    “Chef?”
    Malik groaned.
    “XO, Captain, I see tolowda right as rain. What about you, doctor?”
     
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  7. Afza Mirev

    Afza Mirev Doctor on the NPS Kanyari

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    “I’m fine,” Mirev said in a voice that sounded like she’d been crying for hours.

    She punched in an order for an anti-emetic and closed her eyes, trying to relax back into her seat.

    “Oye, doc,” she heard the pilot say.

    Opening her eyes, she saw him and the captain standing over Rachel.

    I wondered if the geologist would have as much trouble as me with those gs, she thought.

    Mirev unstrapped herself from her couch and engaged her magboots and walked shakily over to where they were standing. She saw a stain forming on Rachel’s suit.

    “She needs stitches,” she said. “Do you have a med bay?”


    Once she was strapped to the medical table, Mirev pulled Rachel’s suit off to get to her injury.

    This is a gunshot wound, Mirev realized. No geologist I’ve known goes around getting in gunfights and slingshotting themselves half to death.

    Setting to work, Mirev wondered how she would find out what the Durango was actually up to.
     
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  8. Rachel Lei

    Rachel Lei Free Agent of Providentia

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    As the intense g forces and vibrations subsided, Rachel took her first full breath in what felt like an eternity. The flames licking at the viewport ahead of her petered out as Henry took the Durango up and away from Io, using the immense speed they had gathered via their slingshot to hurl them back towards New Providence Station.

    As she took another breath, this one caught in her throat as a lance of pain shot through her abdomen. Looking down, she saw the telltale red stain of blood spreading slowly from her previously healed bullet wound, the forces from the slingshot having ruptured the recently healed hole.

    After a moment, she began to feel numb, the memories of that traumatic mission flooding back, making her feel dizzy, even in zero g. When she came to, Rachel realised that she must have fainted, she was now strapped into the med bay with Mirev bent over her stitching the wound shut, a small robotic arm reaching out from the autodoc, assisting her by draining the blood pooling around the wound whilst also replacing it via IV. “Thanks Doc...That was...fun...guess you’re wondering why you’re patching up a bullet wound eh?”

    The look Rachel got in response was all the answer she needed. She laughed then winced, the motion sending more pain lancing through her body, followed by the autodoc responding diligently by upping her painkiller dosage. Her vision grew a little clouded, as did her mind, as the drugs did their work. “Believe it it not I’m not actually a geologist...” her words slurring a little as the drugs krept further into her system, “you ever heard of the Saxon?”
     
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  9. Afza Mirev

    Afza Mirev Doctor on the NPS Kanyari

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    Pashang, Mirev thought. This is Rachel Lei I’m treating. I’m on a pirate ship. She hoped Rachel didn’t notice the shadow she knew had crossed her face.

    “I have,” she said. “I lived in Ceres up until about two weeks ago. We’ve all heard of you there.”

    Rachel seemed not to hear her. Glancing up, Mirev saw that the auto-doc had pumped her with another high dose of painkillers.

    Mirev looked around the room, suddenly wary now that she finally got what she’d been after since jumping onto the Durango, the truth.

    She wondered what the real purpose of their slingshot around Io had been. Looking down at her patient, she decided to hold her questions; Rachel was in no shape to answer them at present time.

    What have I gotten myself into? she wondered.
     
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  10. Damian Slavko

    Damian Slavko Captain of The Kanyari

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    Damian lifted Lei's weightless body and pushed her towards the med bay as the doctor made sure she was stable. Seeing Lei so vulnerable was uncomfortable for him. He wondered how the same woman who stole his ship when she first boarded could be lying unconscious in his arms.
    “Strap her down,” said the doctor as he laid Lei on the crash couch.
    “Dont want her floating away,” he said as he obliged.
    “Now, get out. You've done your part. Thanks.”
    Damian shrugged and left.

    ♤♡◇♧​

    He returned to his crew, who had gathered in the galley.
    “What happened, ke?” asked Malik.
    “Old wound busted, looked like a gunshot. Guess she na rémbera she had it,” replied Damian.
    “Forgot? A gunshot wound? Kewe?” Henry asked, incredulously.
    “Happened to me once,” said Mack. “You just get caught up in the moment.”
    Henry shook his head. Damian chuckled. Malik still didnt look so great.
    “What about the doctor?” asked Henry. “She seem suspicious?”
    “She seemed busy, but she'll have walowda question fosho.”
    Milowda gonya ansa?”
    Damian contemplated Henry's question. What could they say? He realized the only way would be to make Dr. Mirev a permanent member of the crew. Well, that or space her, but Damian wanted out of the Belter killing business. They couldn't risk her running off and telling anyone about what they were doing, but just ignoring the situation wasn't an option. He sighed.
    Serí options.” He held three fingers up. “We tell another lie and hope she buys it, we space her, or we tell her what little truth we know.”
    “She wont believe another lie,” said Henry.
    “I know,” replied Damian.
    “We cant space her!” cried Malik, queasily.
    “Why do you care?” Mack asked him.
    “I dont know. Shes a person,” he sniffed.
    “I dont want to kill her either,” said Damian. “So I guess we have to tell her.”
    “What about the money?” asked Mack, loudly. “Milowda still gonya ge paid?”
    “If we tell her and make her a member of the crew, then the terms are still good. No one besides the crew will know,” replied Damian. The crew seemed to accept it. They could use a doctor.
    “What if she says no?” asked Henry with a worried look.
    “Then I guess we're back to option two.”

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    “Hows it going in here?” asked Damian, leaning against the bulkhead of the small, cramped med bay. It was a small room with one bed and an old-model autodoc. Lei laid on a crash couch with her eyes closed. He couldn't tell if she was conscious or not. The doctor was typing things into a terminal.
     
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  11. Afza Mirev

    Afza Mirev Doctor on the NPS Kanyari

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    “Im gut,” she replied, looking up at the Durango’s captain. “I gave her a little knock out so she would rest. Figured the drugs were necessary since Rachel Lei has a reputation for never stopping.”

    She looked at him, letting her statement hang in the air. Damian reddened; her tone had been purposely accusatory.

    He asked her to come with him to the galley. The crew was there waiting. They all looked sheepishly at her.

    “So, tolowda wanya tell da truth now?” she asked.

    “On one condition,” Damian replied. “Join our crew as our permanent doctor.”

    Mirev was taken aback. She’d expected them to make up another half-truth and promise to drop her off on Europa.

    “Or?”

    “Or…” Damian started.

    “Or you missed da jump from your rockhopper to ours,” Malik finished for him.

    Mirev sighed. Join the pirate crew or be spaced? She had little choice, it seemed.

    The crew looked at her expectantly. Despite his threat, Malik appeared to be pleading with her with his eyes.

    “Fine. Now tell me what the hell’s going on.”

    Malik looked relieved.
     
  12. Henry Noam

    Henry Noam XO/Pilot of The Kanyari

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    “Dis all we know,” Henry replied. “Bill Buttersworth, son of the late Captain Buttersworth, paid us 50,000 pish to pull of this slingshot. There's some drone stuck to the hull of the ship to take pictures. We dont know exactly what was on Io that he wanted to see, but we know that it has something to do with Ganymede and Eros. Something about experiments on Belters.” As he explained, the doctors eyes became wider and wider. He wondered if she wished she had picked space. Rachel began to stir.
     
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  13. Rachel Lei

    Rachel Lei Free Agent of Providentia

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    Rachel’s world wavered, moving in and out of focus as her mind tried to fight the drugs coursing through it. Those loudmouth motherfuckers... She fumed to herself as she rounded the corner to the galley, to hear them telling this...stranger their whole plan.

    The metallic click of the hammer on her hand cannon made everyone look up. Rachel floated in the doorway, one hand clutching the bandaged wound on her torso, the other holding her polished hand cannon, shining in the LED lights of the galley. “You pashang told her the mission?! Who the pashang are you to give away that information? For all we know we could be a Protogen spy dropped off by that stealth ship!” She knew she was shouting, the drugs made it hard to know what she was doing exactly other than that.

    She looked straight at Mirev, ignoring the rest of the crew, “is that why you are here? Were you sent...to kill me?”
     
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  14. Damian Slavko

    Damian Slavko Captain of The Kanyari

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    “Whoa!” shouted Damian. “Kowlting gut, pochuye ke? Im na stranger, she save your life. If she wanted fo kill you, she woulda loaded you up wit a lot more dzhush.” The doctor looked at him with thanks. And panic. “Xitim, gif mi da gun. Milowda na wanya nobody fo get hurt, keya?” Lei looked at him with an intense look. She kept the gun raised.
    “Da doctor deya im a member of milowda crew now, and milowda work fo you. Calm down, now, sésata. To na wanya vent da ship and kill us all, do you?” He chuckled. Rachel still looked out of it, but perhaps just a small bit calmer.
    "Come on. Gif da gun fo mi. She not gonya tell namang. She Belta foriya, just like milowda.” He looked at the doctor again. “Im da sheng, keya, sésata?”
    “Ya sésata, mi na wanya hurt you. Mi gonya help,” Mirev said, nervously.
    “Deya you go,” Damian said. “Besides, it was really your bullet hole that gave us away.” He chuckled anxiously and lit a cigarette with slightly trembling hands.
     
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  15. Rachel Lei

    Rachel Lei Free Agent of Providentia

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    “Pashang, didn’t take milowda long to welcome her into de fold.” Her vision was slowly sharpening again, even though the drugs left her feeling dizzy still.

    She floated there for a moment, looking between Slavko and Mirev, before releasing the hammer on her weapon and letting go of it, letting it drift over towards Slavko. She shook her head, trying to clear the fog in her mind, “don’t make milowda regret this Slavko,” she said, referring to herself and the crews employer, William Buttersworth. “Bill won’t be as forgiving as mi.”

    She pulled herself out of the galley, launching herself up to the bridge where she pushed off the ladder towards her crash couch. Flipping herself over she landed in the gel of the couch with a whump, before tapping on the terminal.

    After a moment she felt the familiar sting of a dozen needles across her body and a jolt of lightening from the juice shoot up her spine. The mind fog from the drugs instantly disappeared, Rachel letting out a shuddering sigh as the stimulants ignited every nerve in her body. “Ah pashang,” she mumbled to herself before rubbing her face with her hands, “what de hell was that Rachel...get your kaka togeter...”
     
  16. Damian Slavko

    Damian Slavko Captain of The Kanyari

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    Damian grabbed the hand cannon out of the air. It would be quite heavy if it wasn't weightless.
    “Phew. Dat was a close wang,” said Mack. “I broke a sweat.”
    “I had it under control,” said Damian as he put the gun in his waistband and wiped his palms on the seat of his rolled down jumpsuit. “Oye, Mack, get-what was your-get Afza here a Durango sut fo kuxaku. We gonya have to make her ofisha lik pashang fo convince bosmang she xalte wit milowda.” Mack took the doctor and set off at once.
    “Malik, you go start dinner. I need vitamins.”

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    Early the next day, Damian awoke violently once again. He lit a cigarette and pushed himself over to the door. Before he left, he looked back at the hand cannon by the foot of his crash couch and put it in his waistband. He floated to the door of Lei's bunk and knocked.
    “We need to talk,” he said. “We need you on our side if we're going to get our money. Now, I think we've proven ourselves competent and then some.” Lei crossed her arms and listened with a smirk. Damian continued, “Not only did we complete the slingshot around Io and get the intel he wanted, but we rescued a stranded Belter who saved your life while we were at it. I think that's well deserving of the agreed upon sum, regardless of any...occurrences along the way. Besides, the whole crew knew and now shes one of us. Kowl gut, keya? So what do you say? You put in a gut word?”
     
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  17. Afza Mirev

    Afza Mirev Doctor on the NPS Kanyari

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    “Follow me,” Mack told Mirev, waving in the direction they were to head in.

    Mirev raised her eyebrows and looked around at everyone else.

    I have more questions now than before, she thought ruefully. The crew was splitting up now that the threat from Rachel had ended. I guess I’ll have to save them for later.

    She pushed herself lightly toward the corridor that opened to the ladder leading to the bottom deck.

    “So, wa koming gut fo da Durango,” Mack said, smiling at her over his shoulder. “Xitim milowda make it official.”

    Focusing her attention on Mack, she smiled back. Seeing his smile made Mirev realize — although she’d never imagined joining a ship’s crew, now that she had, she found it felt right. Comfortable, even.

    She thought about what the crew had told her about their mission. Experiments on Belters? Well, she’d wanted to help; maybe this was her chance.

    “We got the suits because it makes the authorities ask less questions,” Mack said as they climbed down the ladder. “Milowda rockhoppers on legitimate contracts.” He winked at her.

    Mack punched in an order on a terminal on the lower deck wall. A shute opened and a jumpsuit slid in.

    “Mi gonya make you a patch that designates you as da doctor,” Mack said. “Amash for xitim, dis will do.”

    Mirev examined the jumpsuit he was now holding out to her. It was black with the same brown horse she’d seen on the hull embroidered on a patch on the chest.

    She ran her hand over the suit’s fabric before taking it.

    “Milowda gonya call you when soup’s on. Get some rest,” Mack directed. “You look like shit.”
     
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  18. Rachel Lei

    Rachel Lei Free Agent of Providentia

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    “Told Henry first round was on mi when we get back to the station. It hasn’t changed,” Rachel sat cross legged on her crash couch, her knees tucked under a couple of straps to hold her onto the surface so she didn’t drift around the cabin, a large terminal was stuck into the gel, read outs and data spooling across it. She wore her trademark yellow and black jacket unzipped with bare skin underneath, the bandage covering her chest and ribs.

    “Tolowda are a good crew, got de meshang done na problems. Milowda even managed to save a life,” she laughed a little then winced from the pain, “what earlier did mi was not okay, I could have killed us all. If you’ll accept it Captain, I’d like to offer my apologies.” Rachel was not one to admit it, but life aboard the Saxon had hardened her soul, she realised now she was so quick to jump to violence, a trait she did not admire in others.

    She had to make things right with the crew, it started with the Captain, but the next person would be harder, Mirev had saved her life, and was repaid by having a gun pointed at her. She blushed, shame and anger welling up in her.
     
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  19. Damian Slavko

    Damian Slavko Captain of The Kanyari

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    Damian was tense. If Lei said no, they might have done all this for nothing. He was so nervous that he was barely listening when the Saxon's captain apologized.

    “Ke? Oxo, taki fo got,” said Damian, and sighed in relief. “Fo showxa da sheng, mi was a little worried deya. Na worry, na da first time I have a gun pointed at me. Hopefully da last, but I doubt it.” He took the hand cannon from his waistband and extended it like an olive branch. She took it, and seemed a little more at ease.

    “You did scare da felota out of da doc, though," Damian chuckled. "Mi pensa she na have walowda walowda experience with tungeting.” Rachel nodded curtly, but still seemed a bit embarrassed.

    “Oye, foriya, na worry. You were pretty out of it. Milowda still kopeng, keya?”
    Rachel had a strange look, but shook Damian's hand.
    “Now, let's see what Malik has cooking.”
     
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  20. Afza Mirev

    Afza Mirev Doctor on the NPS Kanyari

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    “Oye, food is ready, doc. Im békedabush.”
    Mirev woke up to Mack standing over her. She was surprised she’d managed to fall asleep. She figured it must’ve been all the adrenaline she’d felt earlier.
    She unsecured herself from her bunk and sat up, rubbing the sleep from her eyes as she did so.
    “Thanks Mack. Be right there. Im du smell békadabush.”
    Mirev stretched, letting herself float through her cabin. She grabbed her new jumpsuit as she did so.

    The crew had already gathered in the galley. Malik stuck a bulb into his cooker and tossed it to Mirev.
    “Join milowda, Doctor,” Damian said. “Malik was just telling us about the time he fought a Martian marine and won.”
    Mack winked at her again as the rest of the crew laughed.


    An evening of laughter and camaraderie followed. By the time they all headed to bed, everyone was high or half drunk. Mirev gave everyone an aspirin and told them to have it with some water when they woke up.
    “Tenye wa nax gut,” Mirev said to Rachel.
    Mirev heard Rachel let out a deep sigh as she strapped herself into her bunk.
     
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