SalmonMax Posted February 8, 2014 Share Posted February 8, 2014 Kestrel sneaked back onto Dawn's Wrath. ,, She wouldn't be able to explain why, if anyone asked. It was no more in her nature to openly stride back on board than it would be sleep with Janos, or do a jig with a Deathknight. People like Dan wore armor crafted of nanotech and hyper-advanced metamaterials. People like Kestrel wore unpredictability and secrecy much the same way. Keep friend and foe alike guessing, especially since the boundary between the two was thinner than most ever liked to think. ,, In any event, it was easy. And fun. The mask she'd taken from the sacred trove of Renbash was snug over her face at first. Then it warmed and spread over her in a thin layer, and formed into a precise replication of one of the ship's security personnel. The actual person would be waking up any minute now, but her commbead unfortunately didn't work. Cheap mass-produced crap these days... ,, On the Wrath she broke away from the squad and queried the ship about the wherabouts of her captain. It was a short march to his cabin. ,, -- ,, Captain Dan Hawkins eyed the tactical assessment displays as they hovered in midair before him, spread out over most of the volume of his cabin's living area. The moon dominated most of the west wall, the manses outlined in green and yellow starbursts. Overlaid over some of them...too many of them...were rotating red triangles. Sources of power that had been corrupted by the Deathknight. ,, Scattered in space above, creating a precise grid in high orbit, were the ships of his fleets. Janos' Lintha were further marked by a greenish lightning icon, and the local system defense ships by an iron shield icon. With a wave of his hand and a pinching gesture, he rotated the view to focus on the ships and zoomed in. ,, Many of those yellow lozenge shapes had orange patches on them. Some had red pocks as well. Mostly the smaller ships that had been conducting screening and harassing duties, but some of the capital ships had suffered damage as well. External damage, mostly...but enough showed red to remind him that people had died, and ships were heavily and deeply injured as the cost of this 'war.' ,, Considering the opponents, things could have been so much worse though. ,, The intercom by his door whistled, and a female voice asked, "Captain Hawkins, this is Corporal Marisa Blanks. Permission to enter?" ,, Dan automatically opened his door monitor in a window in the holodisplay. The soldier outside was in uniform, unarmed, and like so many in his command, a not-unattractive female. His eyes narrowed slightly as he looked her over. She didn't seem to see the sensor, and was standing at attention. ,, Paranoia? "What do you need, Corporal?" he asked. ,, The woman nodded and looked down for a second, then said, "Sir, I...there's things on the moon I saw that..." she took a deep breath, clearly unsettled, then visibly got her shit together. "I was hoping to ask you something. They say you know things...old things." ,, The words stirred the memories of Nova, stabbing him one more time with the realization that almost everyone who fought for him was, by his standards, not much more than a child. They didn't have the perspective he did on these things, and likely never would. ,, Dan nodded and turned slightly away from the door, so his body would hide the now-open holster at his hip. His left hand hovered near it, also hidden. ,, "Come on in." ,, The door swished open, and the soldier came in and saluted crisply, then relaxed a little as Dan asked her to be at ease. ,, "What's your question, soldier?" he asked, glancing at the tactical display quickly. Was there any information on there that enlisted shouldn't be seeing? He risked a moment to clear it away. ,, Then Kestrel said, "Can you promise me something?" ,, Dan's head whipped back to look. The thief was standing in the spot the corporal had been in a moment beforehand. The look on his face brought a smile to hers and she held her hands up to chest level. "Easy there," she said with a chuckle. "It's just me." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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