Category Verse

Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.49

ty_avSitting in the chair beside him, Dru watched his brother as he piloted Alice through the black. The Osprey made its fluid path around the rusty marble below, but the man at the helm wasn’t looking at Ezra. His attention was focused on the steely skyplex that floated in orbit.

Ty’s eyes rolled over to look at the other Kokezaru. “You know they can see us.”

“Ships fly on and off this planet,” Durden replied. “Niska isn’t looking for us, isn’t interested in us. We’re nobody headed to a remote part of the planet…”

The pilot said nothing, the pair just looking at each other for a still moment. In that silence he could read his brother like book...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.48

vay_av“Lio coh jwei ji neong hur ho deh yung duh buhn jah j’wohn.” Jackson swore as he yanked his bleeding hand away from the electronics it was in moments before. He sucked on the finger as he looked down angrily at the evil piece of electronics. He had been working for days to get the thing to work and work correctly and it just wasn’t cooperating.

Can prolly get to work on some kind of scanning equipment. He grumbled to himself as he as he wrapped a greasy rag around his bleeding finger. Might as well have just said I could find the Earth that was. He picked back up the sautering gun and went back to work with a heavy sigh.

“How I’m gonna do this gorram thing I’ll never know.”

Jacks looked back down at his hand, the blood soaking through the rag heavily. “Fine...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.47

jack_av“…and so that’s the whole thing.” Tyler sighed as he, Copper, Jackson and Joe walked back up the dusty road to back to Alice.

“We sure we can trust him?” Joe said as he shifted the weight of the sacks of supplies he held in his arms.

The old preacher placed a hand on Joe’s shoulder. “I trust Warren, is that enough lad?”

The young electrician looked up at Copper. “Not really,” Joe smiled, “but it’ll do.”

“It’s gonna be tough to find.” Jackson said as they started to walk up Alice’s loading platform.”People have been looking for that since the end of the war with no success. It’ll be like finding a needle in a haystack, hidden in another haystack, hidden in a gorram world of hay. Hell, I doubt the damn thing didn’t get atomized when it crashed, or else the Alliance woulda found it by now.”

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.46

dru_avDurden stood outside the black iron fencing that circled Samuel Asher’s lush grounds and large home. He looked back into the city; its stark grays and browns set it apart from the gentleman’s home. This was the Cherti he knew, the one he had expected. This was the Cherti he didn’t want to land on.

“The things we do…” He groaned and stopped out into the dusty road.

For a moment his footsteps were the only sound in the warm silence. Then, from somewhere past the sprawling grounds of Asher’s home, came the soft whir of an engine. Slowly, almost leisurely, the hovering speeder made its way past the gardens and gate until it pulled alongside the figure in the road.

“Afternoon,” the driver, a tall thin man with no visible weapons, greeted Dru in a semi-neighborly tone...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.45

ty_av“Well this is a lovely place,” Jackson kicked a rock across the street.

“People gotta be buried somewhere,” Tyler shoved his hands in his pockets. “War took a toll on everyone Alliance and other. You know that as well as I do.”

“Yeah,” the mechanic nodded, “Just adds to the overall BWUAGGHHH,” he shuddered.

“They’re just shells son,” the preacher put his hand on Jackson’s shoulder, “their spirits are all in a much better place now.”

“That’s why we have you around preacher,” Ty chuckled, “You make us all feel better.”

“As much as I love this lively conversation,” Joe shook his head, “I need some parts and supplies if I’m gonna make sure Alice’s electrical system doesn’t go tits up on us, and that we keep food in our bellies.”

“Joo how rin,” Ty clapped the younger boy on the back, “Gotta kee...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.44

vay_av“My scarlet beauty,” the Great Gentleman of Cherti smiled widely as he opened his arms, “It has been far too long.”

Dropping Dru’s arm, Vanya crossed the flagstone steps and approached the longtime client with a genuine smile. “Samuel.” Taking his hands in hers she turned his palms to the sky and placed a gentle kiss on each, greeting him with an affection that went beyond training. “It’s an honor to see you again.”

“Not as much as it is an honor to have your beauty grace my home,” His eyes wandered behind her for a moment, “and who might this strapping young man be?”

Dru paused a moment before responding. He took a step back but gave Mr. Asher a reserved smile,”Just the lady’s escort, Making sure she got to her destination on time.”

“Well then any friend of our beautiful lady,” he smiled ...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.43

dru_av“There she is…” Alice’s pilot banked as they entered the smaller planet’s orbit and took them around. From the black, Cherti, looked gray and desolate. It was fitting for a planet infamous for its graveyards. Despite acquiescing to Vanya’s request, neither of the Kokezaru brothers were terribly thrilled about visiting the so called “Ghost Planet”, and for that reason there was no discussion when Tyler took them on another leisurely orbit before turning them on their end for their approach.

As always, Vanya was there to watch the landing, the soft scent of citrus filling the cockpit around her. Delicate hands resting on Tyler’s shoulders, she didn’t say a word as her brother took his time easing Alice toward her eventual landing...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.42

vay_av“Sorry it’s taken so long, baby,” Jackson’s hand rubbed the engine lovingly, “I promise it won’t be long before we’re back in the black.” The mechanic’s head slipped inside Alice’s engines. “I almost have it, Alice. I know it’s uncomfortable with me inside you but I’m almost done.”

A soft couch echoed behind him. “That’s not something you hear every day.” The companion’s full lips were pulled into a wry smile. “At least not from a man in the room alone.”

The voice made Jackson jump, his head slamming against the steel of Alice’s engine casing,”Gorram it!”

With a wince, the petite woman slowly made her way into the room. She set a fresh mug of coffee down on what looked to be a relatively safe, flat surface and peered around the engine to announce her presence in a less startling manner...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.41

ty_av“Well…it’s nothing I’m not used to already. Mason grinned at Jackson, “Looks like I fit in better than I thought…”

“Jao Gao,” said as he pulled his own weapon and threw himself against the wall of Sellick’s shack, “I guess being a black market dealer does have draw backs.” Jackson holstered his pistol, “Hey you down there,” he called out to the group of thugs, “I dunno what Sellick did ta call down all this wrath, but we ain’t got no part in this.”

“Ya do now, Huen Dahn,” a bullet embedded itself inches from Jackson’s head.

Gun fire whizzed through the air and when Mason joined Jacks behind Sellick’s shack he paused a moment listening exclaiming, “Tzao gao!!” The ship hand looked over at Jackson, “Sounds like one of them is using a Peacekeeper,” he said before a few more shots cut through ...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.40

joe_avSince there was a limit to the places she was willing to clean — not because they were beneath her, but because of a respect for the privacy of others — Vanya found herself alone in the lounge with nothing else to occupy her thoughts. It was so much easier when she kept busy. No time for regrets or second thoughts. Just the happy distraction of light manual labor.

Deciding that some hot water for tea was at least somewhat productive, she moved into the kitchen section. Her brothers, of course, would want something stronger but there might be at least one or two others who would consent to joining her in a warm drink. She reached for the switch, noticing absently that she was in need of a good manicure, only to hear a dull click.

Frowning, the companion tried again. Another click...

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