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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 1.45

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 1.43

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 1.39

ty_avTyler’s landing of the Dormouse was much more smoothly handled than his most recent exercise in crisis management. His brother made a half hearted comment about how he should do that more often, but the flatness of this tone said more about their feelings for the situation than the levity did. Tyler’s hands ran across the console, shutting the Dormouse down for what they both hoped would be a quick nap.

Durden’s jaw set as dust rose up between them and town. “Here’s the welcoming party.”

Outside the windshield they watched several men trot up on horseback. It wasn’t the dusty riders one would have expected on a ball like Regina. They weren’t quite swells, but they were swell enough. Certainly a fair amount of coin had been put behind them. The crisp hats. The long black coats...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.38

jack_av“So…this is what I need you to do. All the parts we could use, you need to tell me what’s good about them, what’s bad, good prices, and bad prices. I gotta know what we’re working with,” Mason said to Jackson as they walked. This was just like the last time he was here before hoping on the Repose. Maybe with some luck they’d run into someone he knew.

Jackson nodded “I think I can handle that. I think the only part we are going to have to get new is the compression coil. We don’t want a repeat performance of our landing earlier.”

Mason agreed, “Anyway you could call up the Captain and find out if anything else got damaged along the way? If we’re lucky maybe I can get a few names on some good lodging on this rock.”

“Spend some time on Regina before?” Jackson said as he squinted his eyes agai...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.37

dru_avThe crate sat in the hold. Even in all the excitement that had jostled around the whole of Alice’s crew, it hadn’t budged from where they had secured it. For Vanya and Mason, it was the first time they had laid eyes on it, but it wasn’t so long ago that the others had stood around it as they did now with the prickly wonder in their minds. That damn box. Pandora’s box…

“Bie woo long…” Dru groaned taking one hand from where it had been folded across his chest. He ran it through his beard. A large red gash ran across his brow from where his head had kissed the sharp edge of Alice’s engine block. He shook his head and looked over to Jackson. “How bad is bad?”

“Bad is an understatement,” sighed the grease monkey with the tenor of defeat...

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