Space Opera Part 33 – Appetizer

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I was tired after several hours of practicing with the nanos. Drake proved to be an amusing character, and we developed a rapport quickly. I came out wearing the garment under my clothes, something Drake suggested so I get used to the suit and the suit gets used to me. There was no more talk about variant five – the shield nanos. I didn’t ask why, but holding off on training for that variant wasn’t making sense to me. I wondered if it wasn’t functional yet.

I was almost back to the bridge when JJ called.

“Hey, what’s up? How did the training go?”

“I’m tired, but extremely impressed,” I said. “What are you up to?”

“I’ve had a busy day too. Now I just want a quiet dinner and a few drinks with a certain somebody. What do you think?”

“I’m hoping I’m that certain somebody.”

<Butch> Really?

<Me>…

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Space Opera Part 32 – Combat Training

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All of us were frozen in time, looking at Chairman Vermillion, who’d just told us that all legislators not part of the Overlords Caucus were arrested.

“How can they get away with that?” Skip asked. “What about the Capitol Police? The Military?”

“There is a battle going on as we speak,” Vermillion said. “It won’t last long. The Overlords have too many people there.”

“Should we go?” I asked.

Vermillion shook his head. “Go and do what? Orbit Devonia Axxiom and blow things up? We’d need to fight them on the ground, and we’re not prepared for that.”

“After they’ve put down whatever resistance there is and taken complete control of Devonia Axxiom, they’ll go after Earth and the other level two and three worlds,” Nolan said. “They’ll want to lock down any world who might resist them.”

My head was spinning, but something popped into it.

<Butch> Now you’re…

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Space Opera Part 31 – Loudspeaker

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We were still waiting for the Overlord ships to arrive at the end of our wormhole. It had been over two hours. My PA buzzed. It was Captain Cyrus.

“Captain Clarke, the Tristar is ready to go. We’ve packed quite a bit of fuel on her.”

“Great,” I said. “Stand by. I’m giving them another hour before we take off. Possibly two. My first choice would be to take you guys with us.”

“Got it, Captain. Talk to you later.”

JJ glanced over at me. “We ought to take a look at the news. Maybe there’s something there that will give us a hint about Overlord response.”

“We can do that on the side screen and continue to monitor,” Nolan said.

“All right, put it on screen,” I said, settling back in the captain’s chair.

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Space Opera Part 30 – Tuning

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Our dinner was as good as I’d hoped. JJ, Nolan, and I chatted for a couple hours. I was exhausted, begging off JJ’s advances and going to bed. I woke up to the buzzing of my PA.

“Butch, wake up please.”

<Butch> Good morning, Trey. Looks like you got enough sleep. My, not even any risqué dreams about JJ. You must have been tired.

<Me> We came out of the jump, didn’t we?

<Butch> We did. Would you like me to send a message to the mine team on your behalf?”

<Me> Yes, but tell them to stand by. I want to be on the New Jersey bridge before they get started.

<Butch> As you wish, Trey. Done. JJ finished her setup early this morning. I like the name she used. It’s not cutesy or sentimental. I feared the worst.

<Me> She ended up sticking with Emerald?

<Butch> She did.

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