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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A new ship, a new crew, a new pilot, what is their mission?

We were building the ship, she was a sight to behold. We called her the Mammoth after the old elephant-like species they claimed went extinct. She had two mighty guns in the front and one on her belly facing the back. Smaller guns scattered various other places to protect the main guns and various other important main systems.
 
She was almost space worthy, the life support systems were almost functional, the brig and the captain's quarters, as well as those of the crew, were complete. We were going to get off this rock and protect the outer colonies. The outer colonies could be extremely dangerous, beautifully dangerous. Inhabitable planets that were said to look nothing like Earth. It is said that they are impossible to describe and that one had to stand under their awe-inspiring skies to truly understand their majesty.
 
To think we would be headed there! I couldn't wait, but what were we protecting the outer colonies from? Surely they were able to hold intelligent life, every outer colony had its unique indigenous lifeforms. So far none of them had exceeded the intelligence of animals and very few of them had any kind of self-awareness.
 
I needed to clear my mind, I had to be ready to fly this thing. The others were very encouraging and complimented my flying skills regularly. I had been part of the Earth's fleet for a while now but had never piloted anything this big. This is what I had been training for. Thus far I had only piloted smaller vehicles, fighters, and the like. With my previous piloting experience, I was able to fast track my Cargo license, so-called because in the past Cargo ships used to be the biggest ships you were able to fly. They had said I had exceptional talent and would serve the system well protecting the outer colonies, but that meant adapting to a new crew.
 
It was helpful that I already knew the technician, a good friend of mine from a previous assignment. I knew I could trust her to do whatever was in the best interest of the ship and her crew. I wouldn't be in command of the ship, at least I didn't have to worry about that. I was used to following orders, especially controversial ones. Contrary to popular belief decision-making was not my strong suit. Maybe deciding on trajectories and maneuvers is decision-making to some people, but not me. It's math, calculations, instincts, and muscle memory trained into you through extensive training and life experience. In true emergencies, there is no time to think.
 
It is like someone who knows karate, they go through their katas over and over again when no danger is present so that when the danger is present they are prepared and can go through the motions without much effort. It is similar to being a pilot but different at the same time. It requires more thought and with an actual crew at stake more responsibility. Even taking care of one extra person can be a burden, but it's a pilot's job to try and make sure that all their crew stays safe.
 
I took an insightful, brief course in medicine which allows me to take care of the crew when necessary. It does not by any means negate the usefulness of an actual doctor aboard a ship. It is, however, nice to know that in an emergency that there is another person with at least a little bit of medical knowledge. I found that it served me well during my stay on various other assignments. My rule, my hard fast rule that I will never break, is the safety of the crew and all those aboard first. What joy can the victory bring you, if you had to make extreme sacrifices? Sacrifices must be made at times but should be avoided wherever possible.


Submitted: June 16, 2021

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Criss Sole

Sounds very exciting. I always wonder what the future holds and if one day people will be able to travel to other galaxies and have colonies.

Wed, June 16th, 2021 2:03pm

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Thanks for the comment, I really enjoyed writing this short story.

Wed, June 16th, 2021 7:21am

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