Entries by Aitken

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  • Crystal Ball

    “So what's next?”

     

    We were sitting at our usual table alongside our usual coffee kiosk. Shoshana had finished work for the day and we were having evening coffee. Let me explain why we use this particular kiosk and not some other stall or shop in The Ring.

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  • First Limpet

    “You are the lead on this case Aitken. Client is Case Red.”

     

    I had one jump left to enter the system when Dispatch past on this information. It wasn't as grand as it sounded, it just meant that I was closest to the client. Not that a Case Red was the end of the line for the in distress commander. With their usual professional efficiency Dispatch had the pilot activate the stasis mode on their Rem-Lock suit. This not often used mode slowed down bodily functions as close to death as was possible, heart rate, brain activity, breathing, you get the picture. It could only be turned on once all ships modules had been shut down and the emergency oxygen had come on line. Of course even with this method being used rescue was not guaranteed, there were just to many variables for that.

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  • The Plot Thickens

    “Ah Aitken, I was starting to think you were avoiding us.”

     

    Mr. Smiths' near smiling image said to me. He wasn't far wrong but I did not let him know that.

     

    “I've been busy.” Again the truth and still his smile persisted.

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  • A Trip in the Void

    “So you're back.”

     

    I was watching the last limpet being loaded by the automated system when I heard the statement. I knew the voice and was not surprised to see Shoshana standing there when I turned round.

     

    “Yeah I finished up a rescue a few jumps from here.” I replied, shocked at how tired I sounded even to me. “Been kinda busy but I should have got a message to you.”

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  • Mice and Men

    “Your mother seemed to like me.”

     

    I looked over at Shoshana as the Python 'Diamond' cleared the toast rack of Titan City.

     

    “Yes she did.” I replied with a smile. This had been our third stop on our vacation tour. Not the one I had hoped for or planned but sometimes we have to make compromises.

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  • Pathfinder

    “There you are Aitken. We need to have a little talk.”

     

    I could hear the voice of Rodger Clay but I couldn't see him. At that moment I had half of my body inside a maintenance hatch of a Type-6 Transporter. The bright yellow and duller black stripes on it's bodywork let people know that this was 'Horse' the T-6 I had brought to Perez Ring and had used in service of the controlling faction. Speaking of controlling, that's what I was busy refitting for the second or third time, Fuel Limpet Controller. I tightened up the last connection and let my body slide. As my feet impacted with the hangar floor I allowed my momentum to bend my knees and then I stayed in that crouched position as I looked over toward Rodger.

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  • Beer Money

    “Aitken, don't pretend you didn't hear me.”

     

    Oh I had heard her alright and as I stalled by staring out the window I watched an elderly man shuffle along the boulevard. There was nothing startling about him, just an ordinary human male. He looked to be over one hundred, again nothing unusual with the medical advances in the past few hundred years.

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  • Filling in the Blanks

    “I missed you, you know.”

     

    We lay together the way we had fallen asleep. Still holding each other in her modestly decorated quarters.

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  • Fog of Life

    “So that's you done uh?”

     

    I looked at Bob as he spoke those words as if challenging me to continue. After double digit trips I was ready to stop. Bob was defiant that he would make this place work. I don't mean just Jaques as a lot had happened over the time it took me to hop between the bubble and Jaques multiple times.

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  • A Small Step

    “Whoa, slow down man. For a little guy you sure move quick.”

     

    I didn't slow down. Bay Kosmatka had to lengthen his stride, a little but eventually caught up to me as we made our way through Darnielle's Progress and back to the hangar. He kept talking up until we entered the hangar. There he fell silent and stopped walking.

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  • Pawns

    “Well if you will excuse me my children I will leave you to your discussion.”

     

    The Divine Harley Maxwell pressed his hands together gave a slight bow and left the office. I stood there with plans, actions and logistics flowing through my mind.

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  • Another Chapter

    “Hello Aitken. You seem to be healing well.”

     

    The visage of Mr. Smith remarked over the comm. unit.

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  • Slap and Tickle

    “One more time Commander. Who are you working for?”

     

    I didn't get the chance to answer. Just as well as it would have been flippant, not that it would have mattered. The fist that connected with my jaw had enough force behind it to topple the chair that I was strapped into over.

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  • Worth the Wait

    “I've heard back from my contacts.”

     

    Gabe told me after I had finished telling him the tale of my morning. “And?” I asked.

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  • The More Things Change

    “Thanks for calling Dad, don't leave it till my next birthday until you call again.”

     

    The image of my son faded to black on the screen before me. With the conversation over I pushed back the chair and headed back into the sitting area.

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