Into the void (unfinished first draft.)

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space excitement.

Submitted: December 31, 2014

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~~Into the Void by Weston Boyd
It was a routine service mission and Captain Luis expect any trouble if anything he planned for boredom and he was already thinking about other ways to occupy his mind on the two hour trip to the radio beacon his post was a scientific mission on the Federation station in orbit 430,000 astronomical units outside of the NGC 6357 nebula which was a diffused Nabila in order to study star formation he was looking forward to another boring routine service mission 15 miles do you mother to himself why not 5 or 10 thinking about the Federation's penchant for being extremely cautious on every policy or mission objective he could think of he moved around in the service Bay subconsciously in an obvious routine suited up and carry his helmet he swept his personal card and punch student punched in the key on the hangar bay Master Control Panel following which he moved over to the first service craft on the flight line was just so happen to be painted red which he always found humorous a red spacecraft in the dark cold of space he opened the door and stepped in with this flight bag and task orders he didn't need to space walk today just to connect with the beacon and perform some minor computer repairs he shut the hatch door and turned on the master instrument and navigation panel in the shuttle to the control deck checked in and gave his flight plan protein and radioed the Comptroller just one of 50 other Federation workers aboard the station hey Stuart this is Captain Luis in shuttle A outbound to beacon 5 in the B quadrant requesting hangar bay doors be open okay Luis have a good trip opening bay doors" so he brought the thrusters and propulsion systems online and grab the joystick and was a careful yet familiar motion miss you to do list and forward propulsion and brought the shuttle out of there lock exit the station and as quickly as he had he pushed for more thrust in the shuttle picked up speed he checked his coordinates and enter them into the Nav computer ok 2 hours to the bouy"
Captain Lewis made sure his speed was right and the course is correct then took a breath and Celeste in this chair he dug through his bag for his squeeze drink and took a few sips and holding it in his hands went back and looked out at the star filled he picked up the folder for today's procedures and begin to look it over reading the procedures allowed like a mechanic or a doctor he rubbed his eyes and put the briefing down and yell and he thought about the card game last night  "shouldn't have folded that pair" he muttered. People around with a few the instrument look does want you to service mission board game he didn't sign on to be a fix it man the discover things that no man has ever seen before. In his mind drifted to food and he wondered what delicious highly preserved entree would be served up for dinner that evening. Even though it was always dark here in the cold black of space it was sometime in the early afternoon back on planet Earth. The food served in space it actually gotten better he thought since the beginning of space travel but he still gave it a needs improvement score. Even back a little more the window and then he fell asleep. Boom! Captain Lewis was jolted awake into alarms and flashing lights. Immediately he began trying to assess the situation. What hit the ship? He quickly looked out the window for an answer install the starfield rotating in his view port the shuttle was spinning. And Louis immediately grabbed the controls to stop the motion and the controls did not respond he tried again and again they did not respond he attempted to fire the thrusters only to find that the thrusters are not operational. “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” He shouted into the radio “this is Luis in shuttle A this is an emergency. I'm spinning out of control in Quadrant B drifting away from the station. There was nothing but silence on the other end of the radio. He tried again and steal the radio was silent. While He was trying to figure out if the radio was operational, the lights flickered and then went out, to leave nothing but the eerie glow of the instrument panel illuminating the interior of the shuttle.
Captain Luis couldn't get his mind to stop racing as he looked out the view port for any answer or any clue as to what happened and and how to bring the ship back online. Then he noticed that with every rotation of the shuttle the lights of the space station seemed to drift further and further away. And a sense of uneasiness formed in the depths of his stomach.
The Navigation computer was still running, Thank God, and he checked it to figure out his location. He hadn't yet made it to the navigational buoy. He hoped someone would think to check his transponder when he didn’t check in. Then he thought.
Something must have hit the shuttle he knew that every now and then this sector could experience space junk and debris because of some of the nearby planetoids but what were the chances his mind raced and he tried the radio again Mayday! this is Captain Luis----- and the radio went static. He needed to figure something out and fast. He took a system inventory and went through the checklist: life support systems- damaged, propulsion -offline, radio- out, Navigation Computer - online and operational. "Think! think!think! He said aloud. He looked at the life support computer and noticed the power levels had fallen below 10% which gave him less than 45 minutes of life support power left. He had less than an hour to come up with a good solution. He ran through his mind of solutions to the life support problem but knew that even if he could fix it he had no spare parts to mend any structural damage. He could get the radio online he could send a mayday to the station to the station, but it was the antenna that appeared to be damaged and he had no solution to that. He looked out of the portal as the craft slowly spun floating in to the deep blackness of space. Minutes ticked by. Captain Lewis had run through every potential solution he could think of,  and then he became light headed and fell into a sleep. Bang! bang! bang! Captain Lewis was awakened by a loud banging outside the shuttle and light coming through the viewport. The hatch burst open and relief filled his heart. Fresh air came rushing in. The words "I'm alive came" out of his mouth as his friends and crewmates poured into the shuttle speaking loudly "you're going to be alright, we got you back". "How"? Luis whispered barely able to form a word. "Your Nav beacon" "We tracked you. We knew something wasn't right when you didn't check in on time" "so we went looking for you" another crewmate said, amidst a din of other voices, including two doctors checking luis' vitals. "You're going to be alright" one of the doctors spoke in a comforting and assuring voice and immediately Luis recognized the voice of one of his dear friends, Frank Smith, and he looked up at him and smiled as the doc squeezed his arm. "Let's go get some dinner" one of his buddies joked. Yes, that sounds good to me, he thought.

 


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