126-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

May 5th, 2552 Random Encounter
Test Pilot/ Part-time mechanic – Schroedinger’s Kat Reporting

I have to admit, I felt a lot better having something we could use to detect our visitors, and Fipps was actually able to use my recording and the information he got from his sensors to develop something that would, he hoped, force the enemy to become visible.

I know the brass isn’t too crazy about it – but we have to do something, I mean, part of this mission is to see if there are other forms of life out here, and they had all sorts of protocols in place which the aliens managed to slip by and prove that they did not have friendly intentions.

Truth be told, it has made me a little sour on the whole prospect of first contact with anyone else— which of course means that Murphy had to step in and put me, literally on a crash course, with a new life form.

I was practicing landing on Random, one of Dancer’s Retreat’s moons, when the alarm went off and Fipp’s machine went to work. I aborted the landing and ended up hovering over a very concerned looking lizard. It looked like it was trying to run away, but couldn’t move.

We sat there for a good minute before I realized the problem – Fipp’s machine was working on the lizard, it couldn’t slip into that other state. I turned it off and it vanished, only to reappear with another lizard. We studied each other for a few moments before the creatures turned and vanished again.
I landed, did my checks and was about to leave, when they appeared on my ship, running all over it, chittering to themselves. When I came closer, one of them ran up my arm, and down the other jumping back onto the ship before they both vanished.

I made sure they were gone before taking off, and turned the device back on once I’d cleared their space.

And like that, I was excited about the mission again. Psycho killer death beings, no– happy chittering lizards, bring them on!

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