“Tammy what’s the status?” Kiko asked the air.
Tammy’s voice responded through the ship’s intercom, “The majority of the crew has evacuated, all that’s left are those on the flight deck, including Vaughan. I have also remotely overridden and rerouted the other battleships to head back to Sola.”
“So all that’s left is to clean up here...” Kiko said as she stashed her knife back at her side. “It looks like we have a new ship too. I’ll go ahead and dump the rest of the crew in the evacuation pods; you can let Sarth back on the ship.”
I was already up and walking about the torn up room. I saw that Kiko looked a little winded.
“I can stay and help translate if you’d like…” I asked willingly.
“No that’s fine. Go back and rest on the ship.” It sounded like she’d rather be alone. So I left.
I was walking back to the Jago when Rei spoke in my head again, “Don’t feel bad,” she said, “she always needs her time after a strenuous battle.”
“I see.” I said to no one. “So how is it you’re talking to me without an ear piece?”
“Well…” she started, “as you probably know… I’m not human. My species is able to link with another being and allow us to communicate with each other in our minds. It’s called a soul link. I am also able to see what you see and to let you see what I see…”
“So I could see what you see?”
I blinked and suddenly I was in a new room. It looked like the cargo area in the Jago. I turned my head to look around but it had no effect from what I was seeing.
“Whoa, this is kind of weird.” I said.
She laughed and through her eyes I saw that she was now looking through the gel wall at me. When I saw myself I was facing the side of the corridor. It looked like I was talking to it and we both laughed again.
I tried walking to her but I ended up running into the wall so she put me back to my vision.
“It takes some getting used to” she said verbally to me as we walked back to the ship. “Maybe we can practice it more in the future.”
“That sounds fun” I said excitedly at her, and she smiled back.
“I can also switch your sight to duo vision which makes only one of your eyes my sight and the other is your sight, but that takes a lot of practice to use efficiently. Aki’s the only person I can do that with.”
Tammy appeared before us.
“Sarth will you follow me please” she asked me.
“Sure” I answered, waving bye to Rei.
We walked through the ship to the medical bay.
She walked to the table and activated it. “I want to check your condition after that commotion.”
I went to lie on the table, adjusting myself to get comfortable. The last checkup I had lasted for hours, actually, I think she left me there on purpose as another joke.
“I’ll be back later…” she said as she walked out the door.
It was boring not being able to move and I ended up falling asleep.
When I woke up there was another change of clothes by my head. I guess Tammy came by. I let the table mat help me up and I changed into the clothes.
This time the sleeves were short. I put them on with no problem, in fact, I’ve felt good the past few days and I was happy to notice there was no movement restriction.
“You passed your checkup” said Tammy. Her face appeared above the table in the form of a hologram.
I stretched my arms and legs around, they felt great. “Thanks Tammy!”
Her face disappeared.
I felt like running a million miles. It was hard wearing the brace, not because I was hurt, but because I was used to running a lot. I love to run, so not being able to for about a month almost killed me.
I set out to find Rei because I knew she wouldn’t mind helping me get back into shape. I headed down to the cargo bay where she was most likely to be, but before I turned the corner I happened to overhear a conversation between Cashel and Kiko.
“I heard what happened in there,” said Cashel, “are you alright?”
“Yeah, I’m fine” Kiko answered. “He’s not dead. He’s frozen and floating in space somewhere now.” She set down a crate of food that was in her arms.
“That’s good. We should get to Crux in a few days, try and relax ‘til then.” He smiled at her.
She smirked at him, “You’re the one that needs rest old man.”
I pretended to just enter the room.
“Good timing,” said Cashel “I heard you’re all clear from Tammy. You can help us unload the weapons and ammo from our new ship.”
“Sure no problem” I said.
I guess finding Rei would have to wait. I decided to try out the training room tomorrow, and ask Rei to join me whenever I saw her again.
Finally, the next day, I was able to try on the training clothes. They were super light and non-restricting, definitely not what I was used to. It lit up and I took a look at it, the text turned upside-down and I could finally read it thanks to Tammy. Apparently I could adjust the weight, tension, temperature and a few other things. I just left it alone for now, no need to stress out my newly healed body.
Inside the training room I remembered Kiko setting up an obstacle course to run through. I went to the electric panel and chose which objects I wanted to bring up from storage. Gel appeared from the ground where the objects started rising from. As soon as they were all on the training room floor the gel disappeared, seeping away back through the ground.
I only brought up the simple objects to run around or jump over, like blocks of different sizes and ladders and such. I walked over to move one of the larger black metal blocks. I figured I could push it where I wanted it but it wouldn’t budge, which was weird because I saw Kiko move this same block with ease last time. I tried to move a smaller block but that was still way too heavy. I was getting discouraged, did the brace make me weaker or what? I made my way over to the smallest stepping block and used all my strength to make it budge. It slowly skidded across the floor.
This can’t be right. I decided to ask the pilot/navigator/technician/doctor what was wrong.
“Tammy!” I yelled out to the room.
There was no response, but the door opened.
“She not here right now,” said Kiko “she’s going to be piloting both ships to Crux so she’s in the Sola ship running diagnostics.”
“I see…” I said sitting on one of the blocks.
She walked over to me.
“Did you need some help?” she asked.
I scratched my head. “I was just trying to move the blocks but I think something’s wrong with them because they won’t budge.”
“Oh,” she said, picking up the largest block with ease. “Where do you want it?”
That surprised me. “Whoa… uhhh… just over there I guess. How’d you do that?”
“I’m a little stronger than humans,” she walked the block over to where I pointed and set it down. “Can I make a course for you?”
I sat down against the wall and let her rearrange the course.
“I heard you soul linked with Rei” she stated.
“Uh yea… it was interesting.”
She finished and said, “You should practice first before you use it outside of the ship.”
I got up to stretch. “That’s a good idea. I’ll ask her about it later.”
I ran the course, barely. I was winded afterwards but it felt good to get some exercise. Kiko helped me set up courses and gave me advice on how I should approach some of the objects before leaving to make dinner. It was Tammy’s turn but Kiko offered to make it since she was busy.
Afterwards I went up the sky deck. We were almost to Crux so I wanted to spend as much time with the stars as I could since the next day we were supposed to land.
It wasn’t long until I heard Tammy’s voice back on our intercom. I happened to be writing in my room when I heard her say, “Prepare to descend into the Crux atmosphere.”
I got ready for the jitters to come back like they did when we left Sola but they never came. I wasn’t sure what was going on so I put all my stuff away and went to find out.
Everyone was in the flight deck. Tammy and Cashel were in their seats preparing to land. Kiko and Rei were at a table looking through a hologram of what looked like different items.
Rei was on a headset talking to someone, “30,000 Yomen? You’re joking right? For a fully operational Sola battleship turbine?... okay you go get yourself a Sola turbine then, let me know how that goes for you.”
“Who is she talking to?” I asked Kiko who was focused on her own hologram.
“She’s selling the goods we made from our excursion.” She said without taking her eyes off the screen.
I looked at her screen. At first the text was unreadable in another language but then it suddenly changed to text I could read.
This was once again thanks to Tammy of course. She had programmed the ship so that anything I touched would display text in my language, this didn’t include however anything I didn’t touch like the panels she was always on. She had told me earlier that she was working on something that would let me read any text I saw but she needed some parts to complete it, much like the vocal transmitters she was working on. Well, it just so happens that the Sola battleship had the necessary equipment needed to finish her projects and so she summoned me to the medical bay last night to install both the vocal, and reading transmitter.
Now I was able to read what Kiko was looking at. She was browsing through ammo catalogues and making purchases. In the corner of the screen was a large, declining number, I guess Tammy gave her a certain amount to spent and it was dropping quickly.
Cashel called me, “Sarth come over here” I went over and saw through the sun-shield a very large, white-glistening planet. “I thought you’d wanna see this.”
I had never seen a planet from space before, it was such a beautiful sight. There were splotches of blue in some places. This must’ve been water and there was a lot of it.
“That’s the most water I’ve ever seen.” I said in awe.
Cashel burst out laughing, “You clearly haven’t been out much.”
We were starting to pick up speed.
“Sit down” Tammy ordered.
I went to find a seat as the ship now started the jittering I was expecting earlier. At first I thought it was going to stop, but progressively got stronger and stronger. I was afraid the ship was going to fall apart.
Tammy and Cashel were giving status reports and frantically checking the controls. Kiko and Rei just continued what they were doing, buying stuff.
I sat at my seat trying not to panic so much. It’ll all be over soon I kept saying to myself.
Tammy never lost her composure. “Brace yourselves” she said in her usual calm voice.
I watched as we approached a very large docking bay that stretched out for miles. There were hundreds of ships, some small and some very large flying in and out of the planet.
We were falling at a fast speed, too fast I thought, but it was nothing Tammy couldn’t handle. Somehow the ship landed without too much of a jolt.
I didn’t realize I was gripping my seat tightly.
“Relax!” said Rei as she took off her headphones. “You’re gonna make my heart race.” I took a deep breath and closed my eyes. “Not bad for your first landing though. Let’s go out! We’ve been coopted up in here too long!” She jumped out of her seat. “Kiko we’ll wait for you at the lounge!” she yelled as she grabbed my hand and bolted to the exit.
“Hey don’t buy anything yet!” Kiko yelled back.
I prepared myself for my first view of another planet. Once we stepped outside, it was much colder than I expected, probably because it only had one sun.
It wasn’t much of a first view; all I saw were ships, ships, and more ships. I turned around to take my first real look at the Jago and my jaw dropped.