Path of Dawn: Part 3 Rated R
Posted 02 September 2012 - 02:35 PM
Timejump: Three weeks later.
Time Stamp: 11:30am
The Path of Dawn had remained in orbit around Earth while a small fleet from Terazed arrived and secured the planet in combination with the orbital defence network. A new government was being formed under Terazed control and investors and corporations were already starting to arrive by the time they left. Catherine had taken the crew to a resort planet for two weeks' rest and relaxation. But now, refreshed and relaxed they had returned to their mission. They were making a routine stop at Saskari Drift to restock on supplies and catch the latest news and information about what was going on in the known worlds...
Catherine walked down a corridor aboard the drift heading towards the market area. It had been nice to spend two weeks basking at a tropical resort without having to think about the mission. But all vacations had to come to and end and now here she was on Saskari Drift looking for a few spare parts the Ebon Hawk needed. She was fond of her old cargo ship and it was still useful for shipping her teams between planet and the Path. To reduce how noticable she was she wasn't wearing her uniform, preferring to wear her ordinary clothing. She glanced over at Josh as they approached the repair shop.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:04 PM
Lex was walking around Saskari Drift while Catherine and Josh were shopping for parts that the Ebon Hawk needed. He had spoken to Daze about Kaytee when he managed to catch him alone and Daze had explained that she had needed to go through that so that she could survive later when things would get very dangerous. Now he understood why.
He had spent the two weeks at the resort with the others and his mate had stopped by to share it with him. He spent part of the time informing her about what had been going on since he joined the crew, then they had relaxed along with the rest of the crew.
Kaytee was in the physical therapy room lifting weights while Path was docked at Saskari drift so Catherine could get some parts for Hawk. Things had been going well, according to Daze, who had been there with her every step of her recovery. He had provided her with strong metal drinking glasses while she adjusted to her new enhanced strength and Erica had been teaching her how to adjust to her enhanced eyesight and hearing. She was no longer as wobbly and unbalanced as she was when she first woke up, and the two weeks at the resort had helped her settle down and accept her new form, for the most part. She was starting to sleep better at night and was only wakened occasionally by a persistent nightmare. As for her boneblades, she was starting to adjust to them when moving around or getting dressed. Erica was helping her adjust to them as well, teaching her how to use them. She still winced a bit anytime she looked in the mirror, though she tried to avoid that as much as possible, since even her facial features had changed some and that was taking some getting used to.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:49 PM
Posted 06 September 2012 - 07:12 PM
Dawn was also aboard the drift in the marketplace. Since Erica had left recently after receiving a message from her sister the android had been assisting the remaining cooks and the quartermaster in aquiring food supplies and ingredients. Though she didn't eat herself she appreciated that a well-fed crew provided with good food, quality ingredients and fresh fruit and vegetables from the hydroponics gardens was a happier and more productive crew. A fact her central AI also noted. In particular Dawn was looking out for treats that Kaytee liked in hopes it would help cheer her up. After purchasing some eggs and placing them carefully in a protected container her sensors alerted her that the same group of individuals had been following her for some time. Wary after her experience that had led to her capture and eventual freedom by Cath and her crew her hand dropped to her concealed forcelance as she weaved through the crowd to evade her pursuers.
OOC: If your character is aboard the Drift, they will be followed. Whether your character notices it or not is up to you.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 09:33 PM
Kaytee finished her exercises, then stood and headed for the messhall to get something to eat. She already missed Erica, but she understood. Family matters came first, though she didn't have any to speak of, except the people aboard Path. If she did have any, she didn't know where they were.
She entered the messhall and got a large plate of food before sitting down to eat. She'd never eaten so much at one time in her life, but she seemed to get hungry more easily since the change. Well, at least her metabolism would take care of most of it. As she ate, she thought about all that had changed and was glad her love of all things mechanical hadn't changed, especially of games. Those were what was keeping her grounded, along with Daze. She knew some of the others looked at her differently now, and she couldn't blame them, she had gone through some major changes. At least no one had treated her differently, for the most part, since they saw that she hadn't changed inside.
Lex was heading back to the ship when he stopped and glanced in a store, as if window shopping. What he was actually doing was watching the small group of people who had been following him almost since he had set foot on the drift. He didn't know what they wanted, but he knew it wasn't good. He was pretty sure that his unusual looks, and the fact he was heavily armed had kept them back for the moment, but he didn't know if it would keep them back forever.
Making a decision, he resumed his course for the ship, ready to defend himself if it should become necessary. His tail was now twitching a little in agitation at sensing the danger they posed.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:48 PM
He smiled at Kaytee and nodded to her. He cleared away his plate and walked over to her table.
"I'm heading out for a while," he said. "Would you like to come with me? Thought you might like a walk."
Edited by Brit, 09 September 2012 - 04:48 PM.
Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:51 PM
Posted 12 September 2012 - 03:30 PM
Dawn knew when the ruffians following her made their move when they drew their weapons but what surprised her was when they attempted to use a short-range EMP device on her. Even her android enhanced reflexes barely managed to shoot it out of the Kalderan's hand before he used it on her. As the others started drawing tazers she jumped up into a vent and started crawling away. Even as she crawled she processed the information that her attackers knew that she was an android and had brought weapons specifically to deal with her. Her sensors alerted her that several of them were following her into the vents.
OCC: Have fun with your hired thugs everyone. Fight, run, hide or even be captured. Its up to you. I'll adapt the storyline accordingly.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:25 PM
Kaytee glanced at Tommy and she smiled a bit, then shook her head. "Maybe another time." She said. She was still self-conscious and it would take awhile before she could look in a mirror and not wince at what she saw. The boneblades were a constant reminder that she was no longer a little human. "No offense, but I don't feel like getting out." She said. Then she tucked into one of her favorite desserts, a layered cream cheese, chocolate pudding concoction a nut bottom and whipped cream on top. She was really glad for the enhanced metabolism that let her eat more and understood Erica's love of sweets now. Thinking about that, she found that she missed the cook, more than she thought she would, since Erica had been teaching her how to cope with her new abilities.
Lex let the small group of people trailing him to think he wasn't aware of them, and led them to a more secluded area. He didn't want to hurt any bystanders, so when they tried to take him down, he jumped up with the agility of one of the human monkeys and wrapped his tail around a ceiling strut as he drew both of his blades. The shots went harmlessly into various walls and the group looked up as one as Lex let go with his tail and dropped down in their midst, then proceeded to slash their arms with both blades before they could recover and try to shoot again. He then laughed as he killed a couple of them before the others took off running. He then took a roundabout way back to the Path, looking out for any other followers, or members of their crew who might be in the same situation he was just in.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:34 PM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 06:23 PM
Well, he couldn't let them just take their pilot away, so he skittered up behind them, withdrew one of his blades and sliced through the crude bonds they'd bound him with before jumping lightly over them until he was standing in front of them. He then laughed merrily.
"Catch me if you can!" He laughed as he bounded away from them, though it was at a fraction of the speed he normally used. He smiled when he heard "Hey, it's the gold dude! Maybe we'll get more for him!" Before the started lumbering after him. He led them away from Cori, hoping their pilot would come to and make it back to the ship while he lost them in the corridors.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 06:41 PM
Dawn discovered that while the vents proved to be a good way to immediately avoid being shot at and had given her a bit of distance between her and her pursuers, the confined space meant that the occasional shot they did take at her came closer to hitting her than she'd like. One shot in particular that came close to her synthetic skin and the sensors underlying it told her that if she got hit by a discharge it would be sufficient to disrupt her systems long enough to cause a reboot which would render her unaware and helplesss for several minutes. However even whilst crawling Dawn had calculated the route she would take through the ducts-the layout kindly provided by her ship-self through the link they shared. As it was when she finally dropped from the vents she was only a short distance away from the docking ring. She looked around warily and headed towards the dock.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:56 PM
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 10:02 AM
Kaytee watched in surprise as a Lancer walked by her in the corridor leading a handcuffed and injured person. The Lancer told her that he was part of a group of bounty hunters who attacked any of the crew who were out on the drift. As she watched him being led away, she was glad that she had decided to stay aboard, and she went in search of the others to see if they were okay. Lex bounced past her in much the same way that Daze did when he was in a good mood, so she figured he didn't have any problems with whoever probably attacked him.
When she reached the airlock, she peered out cautiously, then saw that Josh and Catherine were watching a vent and wondered what they were waiting for, then she realized that she hadn't seen Cori in her walk through the ship and she began to worry that he might be in trouble.
Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:39 PM
He saw Kaytee heading for the airlock and trailed along after her.
"Do you know what's happening?" He asked her.
Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:20 PM
Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:16 AM
"There he is." Josh said when Cori fell out of the vent practically at his feet. He heard Kaytee calling for Daze and he knelt beside their pilot, reluctant to move him until their doctor said it was safe. He didn't look too good, but some of that could be from the alcohol that Josh could smell coming from him and it made him wrinkle his nose. As a leader, he didn't like to incapacitate himself with alcohol, though he did enjoy a drink or two now and then. He glanced around to make sure there were no more bounty hunters around while he waited for Daze to show up.
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