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Space Opera Part 50 – Auto-Protect

Scagsdale's Tales

We were staring at the huge earth mover as the air cleared from the dust storm.

<JJ> Emerald, search for any records of this activity.

<Me> Wait. We don’t want anybody to know we’re here. Searches might tip off the wrong people.

<Emerald> I can search without putting us at risk, Captain Clarke.

<Butch> That’s worth a try, Trey. I’d let her do it, but I’ll supervise.

<Emerald> In your dreams, junior.

I chuckled, sending a glance to JJ, who shook her helmeted head.

<Me> Work that out between you, but err on the side of stealth. What happened here two hundred years ago isn’t the most important issue.

<JJ> Agreed.

Nolan walked over to us. “I’ve been all the way around the vehicle. This is the only spot that was damaged, and note that they didn’t hurt the payload at all. I’m thinking whoever made the attack was planning…

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Space Opera Part 49 – Mine Equipment

Scagsdale's Tales

I walked onto the bridge. Skip and Nolan were working together, ready to come out of the jump and orbit Boroclize.

Sondra glanced over at me. “Good morning, Captain.” The other two looked over, nodding, then re-focusing on their tasks.

“Good morning. Everything good?”

“Only a couple hours to go,” she said. “Don’t worry, we’ve got things well in hand.

“Good, then I’ve got some other things to do. Buzz my PA if anything out-of-the-ordinary comes up.”

“Will do,” she said.

I left, heading back to the mustering room via the transport station.

<Butch> He’s waiting until you get there.

<Me> I figured. I’m running a little late.

I grabbed a tin can, getting off near the mustering room in seconds.

<Me> Wonder if I’m gonna get attacked again?

<Butch> We’ll find out in a second, but I doubt it. I think this will be a talking session.

I opened…

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