[ I’m writing my story down from a third person perspective to process the things that happened in my life as a human “baseliner” pilot. A friend told me this would help my sanity.
I’m trying to write down the most important events that shaped me while traveling new eden in a chronological order. ]
Chapter One: The Incident
Komi looked at the beautiful scenery that reproduced on her retina. The sun lit up the whole nebula into a bright yellow blur.
She turned away from the ships window. They had a mission to complete. Her crew and her were busy the whole day looking for exactly this moment.
She turned around in the copilot seat and spotted Amikr. His long dreadlocks gave him a wild and rough look. Nevertheless, he was a good pilot and a friend.
She smiled at him. “Finally found our treasure?”
“Boss this is a hidden Sansha facility, are you sure you want to do it?”
She zipped at her tea and gave him a look. “Are you afraid Amkir? We have hacked multiple facilitys today and nobody even noticed our arrival. You trust me, don’t you?”
They have hunted all day long but didn’t find anything of value. This discovery however, could turn their bad luck. They just joined a corporation of Minmatar pilots and they had to prove their worth!
“Aye Aye sweetheart, whatever you say!” He smirked back at her and added “Setting the course to the next data interface, you better hurry!”
Komi stood up fast and ran into the back of the ship. A small, rusty gangway, then she arrived at the “Terminal Room”. She powered on her hacking module. Green and white digits flashed the screen, than the user interface showed up.
She shouted: “Hey Akemet, Antenna 60°32steps!”
*“On my way boss”*The voice came from a big, tattooed Brutor guy who vanished into the twilight as fast as he appeared.
Once the Broadcasting antenna was aligned she began penetrating the systems firewalls, looking for a loophole in the defensive grid.
This was her domain. She was a magician -kind of- and typed lines of code while staring at the screen. Her fingers were so fast, they danced around the keyboard like playing an ancient piano song.
She injected a carrier virus with a line of code and waited…
It returned a hirachy of structures and THERE!
“Hey Guys I’ve found something! I start downloading!”
She would analyze the data later… for now she needed to make sure the job was done quick and professional.
Akemet and Bino stepped up behind her. Bino was the ships mechanic and he had a little crush on Komi, just he would never admit it. He looked at her fingers moving over the keyboard.
Bino said “I think Akemet is too rough with the Antenna, I fixed it multiple times this week but it’s still a little unstable”
Akemets sarcastic smile reveals some golden teeth. He took it as a compliment.
Komi a little annoyed: “Hey guys you really could get ready for the next interface. we still have -…”
“■■■■!!! ■■■■!! Sansha Battleships on Grid!!” came a panicing scream out of the cockpit
“Good Job!” Akemet cursed and gave Komi a hateful look that froze her to the core.
Suddenly the ship was very busy. They were prepared for this, but now Komi felt stunned…Akemet and Bino were already on their way to the escape pods. Amikr was cursing in the cockpit and the ship made a hard turn. Komi lost balance and fell to the hard steel floor.
“I’m warping out!” Amikr shouted…
Komi did nothing. She got up and ran to the next escape pod in panic, not even thinking. It was an ancient instinct that helped her - an instinct as old as humanity itself.
“save place… save place”
The download bar showed already 95% … Nobody noticed it, but when Amikr aligned the ship to warp off, the antennas connection broke and a very small microcontroller gave a tiny signal to the Defense System of the facility.
The System, which sole purpose was to protect the data, decided solidly that the best way to react to this event was destroying all it’s valuable data.
- BOOM *
The Facility exploded and it crushed the ship by force. A heavy yank pushed Komis escape pod just seconds before the explosion took place.
The pod was already running his automated alignment process. Komi hits the only small window of the pod. Her cheek pushed against cold glass.
Her mind could not process what happened.
She couldn’t even cry or show any emotion as she saw the other escape pods surfing the fireball and getting dangerously close to the Sansha vessels.
This view -unlike the beautiful nebula- would be burned into her retina for ever.
She lost consciousness as the pod warped into the void…
[ to be continued… ]