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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.22

dru_avThe Looking Glass broke Triumph’s atmosphere in the wee morning hours. A reliable bug had worked its way through the cracks that The Repose was en route to the planet. Joe had placed the call with dock registration, and Tyler set Alice down soft and quiet a few kilometers outside of the settlement. He locked down the non-essential systems before swiveling around in his seat. “Safe as houses,” he told their young electrician, “and all in time for breakfast.”

“That a hint?” Joe wasn’t sure at this point where he was pulling his weight more, in the wires or over the stove.

The clean shaven Kokezaru brother smirked hopping out of his chair. “Not quite, but if you want to take it as one, you won’t hear a complaint from me.”

He pushed through the cockpit opening and into the kitchen with J...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.21

jack_avJacks and Joe walked into Alice’s cockpit, “Well that was a pleasant little meeting,” Jackson said as he flopped into one of the bridge chairs.

“Yeah, well. . . At least no one was on the brink of a dive in the black.” Joe plopped down on the floor next to his bag and rummaged around for a moment, digging for some tool and began testing different colored wires that presently splayed out of the comm board.

Jackson rubbed his temples, “This must be some incredible girl though, if they’re more concerned with her than delivering the package.”

Sounding slightly irritated and with an accompanying spark Joe replied. “It’s always ‘an incredible girl’ when she needs some savin’.”

The engineer laughed, “So true. You know I remember there was a time back when I was on the DeLeon...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.20

dru_avDru’s eyes were fixed on the flashing light. His brother had gotten out of his chair to join him at the com. Both Kokezaru’s minds raced, thinking of all the people that might know that particular frequency. What possible reasons they might feel the need to try and use it blindly without knowing where they exactly were. The silence had settled so thickly that Joe felt the sense of urgency about it. Even so he couldn’t help but remind them of the precarious state boosting the signal had put their ship’s communications in.

“Guys…” he started softly, his voice almost cracking. “We can’t hold this much longer.”

Tyler put his hand on his brother’s shoulder, nodding. “Okay.”

Durden reached out and switched the com to the private channel and let the call come through...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.19

ty_avSafely on their way to Regina, most of Alice’s crew was in the cargo hold. Normal environmental controls had returned and yet the four of them all stood as if a chill ran through the ship. Their attention was fixed on the one out of place thing in the hold that stood out as foreign, the one thing they stood around. A small nondescript cube which roughly two feet high and three across. The only thing of note besides its latches was the small panel on the side which indicated environmental controls. It was almost too plain. Overly plain. That alone would warrant suspicion, But everything else… Secret private transport of unmarked Alliance goods? Armed Federal guards? None of its crew knowing what they were carrying? None of those signs pointed to anything good.

“What do you think’s in it?”...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.18

jack_avDurden sat on the bed. Tyler crossed to the far end of the room and leaned on the wall. Shepherd Jones appeared in the open doorway, but neither brother made any protest to his presence. The preacher didn’t wait to speak. “Carter didn’t cause what happened earlier but-”

Ty looked to the Shepherd, “Tread carefully, preacher…”

With a smile the old man nodded and continued, “It doesn’t matter what caused this chain of events, the boy came clean.” Copper tucked his arms under one under the other. “I’ve staked a good part of my life -the best- on the belief that a man can change.”

 


Joe stood in the engine room looking at the other man. He felt bad for him. He felt guilty. He let Jackson take all of the heat when he himself was guilty of the same offense. “I believe you. . ...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.17

dru_avDurden leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes. The wheels were grinding. In the pilot’s chair his brother Tyler was settling Alice into the push their hard burn boost had given them. Satisfied that they had put enough space between them and the Blackstone he settled her into the course. “We should be shiny.” With a push on the console his chair swung out. “Shame to lose the Fortuna, though. She was a solid cover.” Dru nodded, now looking out into the black.

Joe was getting a tad impatient. “Sooo?” The brothers looked at him.

“So what?” Tyler replied with a smirk. Joe huffed a little.

“You done good. Quick thinking on your feet.” He gave Joe a nod.

“I told you guys I was good...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.16

joe_av“Listen bud, put the gun down.” Tyler had the shotgun trained on Riley’s belly, Riley in turn had his trained on his brother. “You’re only going to get yourself shot.”

“Joe?” Dru turned away from The Blackstone’s lone gunman as if he wasn’t even there, which only made the man itchier. “Joe? Get the power up. Get it up, now. Time’s a-wastin’ and our sky’s gonna get mighty crowded with feds the longer we’re drifting here.”

“I’m not putting nothing down.” Riley was cool and collected. “Tables have turned, haven’t they?”

Jackson looked from Riley to the each of the brothers. “I should get back to Alice, see what I can do about getting us out of here.”

“Things have turned, but nothing’s turned in your favor.” He took a step closer to the man...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.15

jack_avJoe sat with his back against the console, the mic in his hand, waiting for the Blackstone to get enough power up to try and comm out. He was gonna have more than a few words for the boys when they came back, mostly about how terrible an idea it was to leave crew members on a dead ship. He flexed his fingers, trying to keep them from getting stiff. He’d given up on trying to breathe warmpth on them. It had been about fifteen minutes since the pulse went off, he figured something was going to happen soon enough. Sure enough, moments later, Alice flickered to life. It still seemed that not everything was up yet. I guess the guys set it up so that only some stuff came on. Thankfully he felt the air begin to circulate again. Fresh oxygen and, hopefully, heat was on their way...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.14

ty_avJackson sat in the dark of the engine room checking the auto start systems for the third time, “Alright darlin’,” he said gently as his hand stroked the metal of the engine. He had only been on Alice for a week or so, but he already felt like the Herb-Adams 42-XSPKD was a part of him, “There isn’t a single reason why you shouldn’t kick right back on as soon as your needed.”

Joe walked into the engine room to check on Jacks’ preparation and stopped short, raising a brow. “Do you two need a few more minutes. . . alone?”

“Oh, uh no. I was just triple checkin’ her to make sure everythin’ was shiny before we do this. What about your end?”

“Got the program down, just need to quick solder some wires and pop in the disc...

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ADVENTURES IN THE ‘VERSE – THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 1.12

joe_avQuiet echoed throughout the Looking Glass as she drifted through space. Most of the crew were tucked away in their beds. Night and day were null concepts in the black but people still tended to turn in at the same time. The only movement was Tyler who had gotten stuck with watch duty while the others slept. Silently, Joe crept out of his bedroom and moved towards the front of the ship. He slipped into the bathroom on the same side as Tyler’s room to avoid waking anyone unnecessarily. He laid his towel on the sink and began to peel away the bits of Joe. 

As the last of the clothing dropped to the floor, Joelle stood and appraised herself in the mirror. It had been so many weeks since she had a proper shower, it was lucky she had found herself on a ship that had such a luxurious commodity...
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