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

February 21st, 2552 Cold Reality
Shuttle pilot/Lab Rat/mechanic’s apprentice – Katherine ‘Kat’ James Reporting

We lost another crewman today. One of the conscriptees was found in a restricted area of the ship. Ship’s security investigated it – they took a whole 10 minutes out of their day to look into his past and the scene before declaring it an ‘unfortunate accident’ and leaving it at that.

Thing is, as a mechanic, I’ve been in that area- it’s not the sort of place you just accidentally find yourself in.  It took the engineers longer to extricate him that it did for security to file the paperwork. I know the man didn’t have a remarkable life – all he has in the fleet is a number and he ended as a three-word epitaph: ‘death by misadventure.’

I want my life to mean something, but the cold truth is it’s only going to matter if you make it matter.

I am happy to say that the Einherjar took an interest. Not in the man but in where he was found. The man was not supposed to be there— and that could mean something.

I don’t know if they’ll find anything, or just be happy once they prove that it doesn’t mean danger for anyone here— but at least they’re looking.

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