July 7th, 2552 – No Going Home
Part-time mechanic/sometimes suspect Kat James Reporting
The problem with jumping, with creating the well and stepping into it – is the fact that it leaves ripples. Ripples that can be followed. It’s why we took to jumping short distances and doubling back.
I realized I could shift home with enough stops, but that would lead the Ani and the Parataph Dissidents home— and Earth wouldn’t stand a chance. We’re going to need to slow down and take a look at the big picture. For better or worse, this is our new home, our new reality and we have to make it on our own.
We need to be able to grow our own food, to mine our own ore and make our own parts, and we need to start that yesterday. At least it gives us what we need to look for in a planetary target – and the first thing is being able to sustain the fleet and that means food.
Fortunately one of the planets in this system looks like it will support agriculture, so the brass decided that was our first point of interest— it will give us time to update ship’s systems and make the necessary adjustments Fipps and his friends in the lab came up with.
It’s going to take a while, but the good thing about Schroedinger’s Kat? She lands on her feet, until she… you know… doesn’t.