*As soon as we entered hyper-space I knew there was a problem, the stabilizers weren’t working and it was all I could do to get to drop drop back into normal space. And she was already starting to come apart, the stress factor on the ship without stabillizers.
We had a nice cargo of Animal Crackers for the zoo on “Zoltin Gree”, without those crackers I had a feeling there would be some bad tempered Hellfire Cats, not my problem, right now I had to get the ship to a safe haven.
There really wasn’t much on the charts for this sector of space, in fact there was only one system with one planet within range that had an atmosphere that would support life and it was under Edict. Still any port in a storm, no choice really, told the crew to grab on to something,we were going in.
Everything was ok until I ran into a laser cannon, should’ve known there would be sentries, the laser sliced through the ship, at that point, it was every being for itself, the ship was breaking up around me as I cut down through the atmosphere.
I just had time to notice maybe cities, maybe a space station or a gigantic ship in low orbit, I managed to cut power to what was left of the engines, then we hit, I managed to bring what was left of the ship to a crash landing in a shallow sea, swamp, bog….whatever, all I remember is the ship really breaking up as we skipped across the surface and then lots & lots of pain.
Not sure how long I was out, but when I came around O’Malley was leaning over me and running her hands over my body, that woke me up some more, I was reaching for her when she slapped me across the side of the head, till then I thought I was dreaming.
She told me she was just checking to see if I had broken bones, then said my bones seemed to be ok, ya, I’ll bet, sure didn’t feel ok.
So we,ve been here 5 months, there are just me and first officer O’Malley, the others didn’t make it.
For a couple of days we had the Reaver – Galika, with us, but we woke up on day 4 and she/he/it was gone, maybe went for help, probably not!.
I was right about the space station,and the cities, there is a dome city at the base of the mountains, but we have not seen any movement at all, we can’t go very far across this bog without sinking.
There seem to be things under the surface,maybe not, but not sure we really see anything, not any better, tired all the time, O’Malley keeps checking my body , best time of the day.
I think I keep asking if she wants to check it more often…………….no luck there.
I’m trying to design some kind of powered sled from what’s left of the ship, maybe at least she could get us to the dome, may be able to get in!!
I gotta funny feeling we may be running out of meds, O’Malley says we still got lots of food and water, way I,m feeling, I think she should just head out, get help or just keep going.
Started this diary, who knows maybe someday a being will read it, about the only thing I’m good for……………gonna rest now.*