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

July 29th, 2552 – Desperate Maneuvers
Scout Pilot/Pony Express Pilot/Sometimes Target Kat “S-Kat” James Reporting

With the engines shut down and life support on minimum, I ended up sleeping in my suit. Things got pretty cold, but that that actually turned out to be a good thing, that and my decision to wait until I’d thought things through with the engine and its hitchhiker.

After setting things up, I took another walk and realized that the torpedo would have activated and pushed on in its original direction before exploding— and my original plan for sending the engine off would have resulted in the rocket taking it back to me, so – I gave it a gentle push at about 45 degrees and down another 30, then waited until it was far enough away from me before firing up the remote and taking it further down and away.

I tried to detach the remote, but as soon as I tried, the torpedo activated, running it out and to the left before exploding.

It was interesting to watch, and I had a newfound appreciation for the deviousness of our enemies, but it didn’t have me any closer to getting home.

As it was I let the ship drift into the shadow of a moon and continued to work on the ship. Nobody showed up to claim the ship – ours or theirs. I guess that’s a win.

I got the jump-assist back on-line but it’s only going to be good for a few jumps, so I’m going to have to time this right— and soon. The run was supposed to last 4 hours, so the ships had only had 1 day’s worth of supplies.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but things are going to get interesting… and cold.

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