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

January 20th, 2552 Stark, grim— breathtaking Pilot Mechanic Katherine ‘Kat’ James Reporting I’m still a wrench monkey in training, but this… this is what I came out here for. Okay, not the grueling hours and the reminder of just how fragile life is, but for the view. Today was a continuation of yesterday’s work, scrapping… […]

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

January 19th, 2552 Supply Run Jr. Wrench Monkey in Training, Pilot, beast of burden Katherine ‘Kat’ James, Reporting I figured I would be doing one or the other of my assigned areas, but instead, somehow Daniels found a way to combine what I’ve learned. Since the Twilight is not really space worthy, she can sit […]

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

January 18th, 2552 Close Call Jr. Wrench Monkey in Training, Pilot, beast of burden Katherine ‘Kat’ James, Reporting This is going to be short, I’m too tired to last too long writing. Today was another day of detection and overhauls, and proof that the different ship board units do not talk to each other— at […]

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

January 17th, 2552 Repeat Performance Jr. Wrench Monkey in Training, Kat ‘237’, Reporting Today, I learned about welding. Spot welding; Arc Welding, Mig Welding, Tig-Welding, and everybody’s favorite when you’re not in space Gas Welding, we covered the gambit. Then there was cutting and I think I’ve pretty much mastered ‘toting’. Then there was the […]

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

January 14th, 2552 Backfire Pilot 237, Reporting Remember how I mentioned that there were different castes, and they don’t talk to each other? It’s more that they tend to issue orders to each other and no one is listening. Case in point, the Military was running the investigation into the explosion and at about 02:00 […]

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

January 13th, 2552 The stick Convict 237 Well, two months after launch and any progress we’d made as individuals has been forfeit. We’re all back to washing dishes, doing laundry, and cleaning areas no one else wants to clean. Worse, the guards are being particularly focused on keeping us away from anything that could be […]

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

January 12th, 2552 Crew Review Convict 237 reporting for duty I’m learning a lot more about the interplay between the Deep Space Exploration Agency, the Confed Military and the Justice department conscription committee, or more to the point, the lack thereof. It turns out that the majority of the crew was handpicked by the mission […]

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

January 11th, 2552 Evac Drill A Bunny suited Katherine ‘Kat’ James reporting There’s nothing like an emergency drill after the fact. The ‘Twilight of the Gods’ hull ruptured. The emergency call rippled through the fleet. Before the klaxons fell silent, half the crew was gone. There was a tense silence as the recovery teams were […]

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

January 10th, 2552 Ship Shape isn’t all that shapely Pilot Katherine ‘Kat’ James reporting Now that we are officially in unknown territory we’re working our way through systems checks. I’m learning a lot about swearing, detecting areas of radioactive saturation and stress, what Cookie calls ‘an RS and S’ check. My part of the check […]

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

January 9th, 2552 9th Day Pilot Katherine ‘Kat’ James reporting Today is our 9th rotation, an official fleet day off, which is to say everyone only works as much as necessary to keep things running smoothly. We get a few extra hours for leisure, and this, our first 9th day, was also the day we […]

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