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Beyond the End of the World, Lokians 1 By AaronDennis Characters: 5499

Updated: 2018-01-10 12:02

"Yeah, " she looked at him, expectantly.

"Nothing, " he smiled. "Yeah; you and Roberts head on out there. I'll see you guys in a bit."

They saluted one another. The captain watched them leave. He was the only one left on the bridge. Looking around the ascetic room, the monitors over which soldiers stood to pass out readings, the helm, the screen at the far wall; it all looked so small, cramped. After an exhalation, he marched out.

Just outside the vessel, he heard Fitzpatrick warning DeReaux that one day biting asses was going to come back and bite him in the ass. He ignored her admonitions, and as it turned out his night went rather well; word was he bedded another beauty. Fitzpatrick didn't mind one way or the other. She certainly liked him, but it was widely believed she also preferred the company of women.

Eventually, O'Hara and Day ran into each other. A Quartermaster, Navigator Roberts, and Royce, who needed a break from the lab, joined them. The five crew mates walked around, breathing in the scents, taking in the sights, the sounds.

"Wow… this feels so strange, " Roberts remarked.

She was barely able to walk; with every couple of steps she had to stop and gaze at golden trees, purplish hills, the brown clouds drifting overhead. Scaly-looking birds squawked, chubby, furless rodents chewed plants, and the wind swept over them.

"It was an amazing experience the first time. It's an amazing experience now, " Royce added.

"Enjoy it while you can, people. Soon as results come in, we'll have a lot of work to do, " O'Hara stated.

"Don't poopoo…Captain, " Day snickered.

They were all in good spi

e, 03:00 hours. They looked at each other; the wanting was there, but there were regulations.

"Better get moving, Cap, " she said, politely.

Their night ended, and they returned to the Phoenix, where they immersed themselves in duty. Before morning rolled in, O'Hara received a call on his wrist comm. He stopped short of his own bed, checked the time, grumbled, and sat down to answer.

"Yes?" he sighed as his head hit his pillow.

"Test results finally came in, Captain, " Mickelson's voice responded.

"On my way, " O'Hara replied in resignation.

He was definitely intrigued by possible revelations, but he was, nevertheless, exhausted. He rolled out of bed, stumbled from crew quarters down the cold, metal hall to the elevator, where he pressed the wrong button. As the car made its way through the shaft he leaned his forehead to the wall, muttering his grievance. Then, he moved to the next lift, hit the right button, and waited. Once the doors slid away, he entered the cramped space, selected the button for the lab deck, and a moment later, he arrived, and stepped out.

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