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finally posted

Day 1, Moringstar’s Ranchhouse, 6:40 PM PT

"I appreciate you takin' this meetin' Mr. Morningstar. We was instructed t' see you 'fore delivering the Old Warhorse t' his final resting place in Serenity Valley. Told you'd have the know-how t' get us through the dangers that be, " Wyatt said while shaking Morningstar’s hand.

“What my dear captain means, “ Willow interjected smoothly,” is that we hope you’ve received word of our mission. Captain Havelock’s family has received Alliance permission to put him to rest in Serenity Valley, among his men. We understand you’ve mapped some of the Valley and may be able to help us accomplish this safely. Have we understood correctly? “

Morningstar looked confused by Wyatt's opening but then clarity came to his face as Willow explained further. "Havelock!" He said aloud, "Oh yeah. I got a wave from a Federal Marshall about Havelock." he returned to his desk and began punching on the screen of the cortex box.

"Captain Havelock." The Shepherd said, "I read about him and a group of transport crew that found against a mercenary band. " Was that you people?"

(assuming a yes it was)

"Mighty brave of you. Standing against so many for the lives of a group of people you never knew before you rescued them." He continued, "Were you well rewarded in the end?"

(whatever you choose)

"I would have thought that after saving so many rich and generous folks that you be livng large and putting the fright trade behind you?"

(whatever you choose)

"Aha!" Virgil called out, "Yes I do have a letter here for a Colonel Sanders. Oh my!" Virgil face fell a bit, "he was with the 42nd Infantry. " He exchanged a look of dread with the Shepherd who walked over to look over his shoulder. Carson also grimaced. "Sorry to say that records are a bit sketchy and frankly we have more markers out there with no name than we have ones with. The good news is we know where the 42nd is but the bad news is they area is not cleared of ordinance."

Morningstar turned the screen around so everyone could see. There were marked areas on the map for units and some were in green, others in red. The 42nd was in the red zone but not too far from the green edge. "Now I can ask Jon to get some of his boys together, have them go out in the morning to clear and area to the 42nd and you can lay him to rest by the afternoon assuming there ain't no hitches. If there is, well it should be much longer than that. He has come a long way, I'd rather see him in the right place. Are you in a hurry?"

"Perhaps Virgil could get you a few complimentary rooms at the hotels in town? Or we have a five star Noodle House in town?" Shepherd Carson suggests quietly.

Day 1, Serenity View’s Spaceport, 6:20 PM PT

“Firefly eh? Nice machine. Take you anywhere even if half the parts fail on you. Those aren’t the factory drive pods are they? You had work done recently?”

“Yeah you could say that” Wolf smiled at Chewie and took another drink when offered. “Few weeks back we were on a transport run when we heard this mayday. Was from one of those high priced Star liners. Seems they had a hull failure and needed off of it quick. Well we found them and got them off all safe and sound but as we were moving away she blew and caused us a lot of damage to the engines so we had to land quick. Ended up on this no name husk of rock and waited there till a passing Alliance ship found us. Well some of the rich passengers were so happy to be alive they paid for new engines and now we are returning the body of one of them that did die, a fine gentleman name of Havelock.”

"What!" Chewie said loudly, "That was you? I heard about you on the Vids! Killer mercenary slavers trying to snag rich people for ransom and sex slaves! Wow! Were you there? Like in the thick of fighting?"

"Chewie!" Captain Case admonished lightly, "Give the man a chance to breathe first. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I am surprised they allowed you to bring him back here. I thought Serenity Valley was a closed site by now."

(assuming some response about events and the mission)

"Well Mr. Apollo, it is a pleasure to have made you acquaintance. I have things to do and I should really check on Billie but it has been an honour. I hope to see you around. We might be over at a saloon in town called Whistler's tonight if you have some off time. Maybe we will see you then." And with that the captain goes back to the ship through the Cargo Bay."

Chewie turns to Wolf, "Tell me what happened? I want to hear the whole thing. The cortex had it some like unification war all over again."

Day 1, Serenity View’s Spaceport Tower, 6:20 PM PT

Jade made her way over to the tower of the spaceport. It was clear to her from the ground and the air upon approach that the field was recently broaden to allow greater access. But they were using only half of the area so far so they were expecting a lot more traffic in the future.

The tower wasn't renovated and the ground crew was running around in a state of rush that comes from being a single crew dealing with orders from 3x as many ships. Jade decided to wait to talk to them and entered the tower itself and headed up to the watch deck via the lift.

The tower was busy too but there were a lot of staff using makeshift desks and cortex consoles wired haphazardly across the ceiling and floor. An older woman sat in the controller chair near the centre and was using a head set to talk to someone while she worked at her station.

"Yeah, i know that you'd like us to do that but it is not going to happen. Rules are rules and I am not breaking rules without someone saying that I have permission to do so. Yes, I realize your time is valuable but so is mine." She paused and rolled her eyes before seeing Jade standing there, "Hey! I am the boss here. You got issues, you deal with me. The law was in place when you signed the papers and it ain't my fault you didn't due the diligence. So you go to Virgil, Tell him Vivian says hi and let me know how it works for you." She clicked the headset and looked over at Jade, "Hi there. Vivian my name and I am the controller here. If you are waiting for maintenance, my crew will be there as soon as they can. If you are looking for a job, can you do ship maintenance?"


Posted on 2015-03-21 at 13:59:20.

Bromern Sal
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I live to confuse people! Victory is nigh!

“What my dear captain means, “ Willow interjected smoothly,” is that we hope you’ve received word of our mission. Captain Havelock’s family has received Alliance permission to put him to rest in Serenity Valley, among his men. We understand you’ve mapped some of the Valley and may be able to help us accomplish this safely. Have we understood correctly? “

Morningstar looked confused by Wyatt's opening but then clarity came to his face as Willow explained further. "Havelock!" He said aloud, "Oh yeah. I got a wave from a Federal Marshall about Havelock." he returned to his desk and began punching on the screen of the cortex box.

"Captain Havelock." The Shepherd said, "I read about him and a group of transport crew that found against a mercenary band. " Was that you people?"

Shrugged shoulders could be taken any which way and that's what Wyatt Sung settled for. Noncommittal and yet at the same time not denying the deed. For all intents and purposes, unless it put credits in their hands, fuel in the tank, and food on the table Captain Sung didn't care much if anyone had heard of them or what they went through.

"Mighty brave of you. Standing against so many for the lives of a group of people you never knew before you rescued them." He continued, "Were you well rewarded in the end?"

"We lost a good man," a warm flare had been set off in his stomach by the comment as though reward was what they'd done it for. "Truth of the matter was, we did what had t' be done in order t' survive. Heroin' usually get's ya killed. It doesn't keep yer ship in the sky an' yer crew fed."

"I would have thought that after saving so many rich and generous folks that you be living large and putting the fright trade behind you?"

Sung sent Willow a look that was as much pleading for her to cut the questioning off as asking whether a Shepard was supposed to be that keen on finances.

"Aha!" Virgil called out, "Yes I do have a letter here for a Colonel Sanders. Oh my!" Virgil face fell a bit, "he was with the 42nd Infantry. " He exchanged a look of dread with the Shepherd who walked over to look over his shoulder. Carson also grimaced. "Sorry to say that records are a bit sketchy and frankly we have more markers out there with no name than we have ones with. The good news is we know where the 42nd is but the bad news is they area is not cleared of ordinance."

Morningstar turned the screen around so everyone could see. There were marked areas on the map for units and some were in green, others in red. The 42nd was in the red zone but not too far from the green edge. "Now I can ask Jon to get some of his boys together, have them go out in the morning to clear and area to the 42nd and you can lay him to rest by the afternoon assuming there ain't no hitches. If there is, well it should be much longer than that. He has come a long way, I'd rather see him in the right place. Are you in a hurry?"

"Perhaps Virgil could get you a few complimentary rooms at the hotels in town? Or we have a five star Noodle House in town?" Shepherd Carson suggests quietly.

"Actually," Wyatt drawled not unkindly. "Stickin' 'round a bit might provide me an' mine with some time t' line up our next set o' fares. An' while I appreciate yer offer of hospitality, it ain't necessary. Thank you kindly all the same. You can drop a wave our way when it's safe t' take Havelock home. 'Til then, I don't plan on muckin' about much so you can find us back at our ship if'n ya need us."

Posted on 2015-03-21 at 18:42:51.

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No Thanks..........

"Captain Havelock." The Shepherd said, "I read about him and a group of transport crew that found against a mercenary band. " Was that you people?"

Asher felt a bit of pride that folks knew they’d done right by the passenger, he hoped others might cotton to help folks in need.

"We lost a good man, truth of the matter was, we did what had t' be done in order t' survive. Heroin' usually get's ya killed. It doesn't keep yer ship in the sky an' yer crew fed." Wyatt kinda answered as the kid felt, but what Shepherd said next bothered him.

"Mighty brave of you. Standing against so many for the lives of a group of people you never knew before you rescued them." He continued, "Were you well rewarded in the end?...I would have thought that after saving so many rich and generous folks that you be livng large and putting the fright trade behind you?"

Now the kid felt a twinge of anger, what’s a Shepard asking about rewards for? Weren't they all about doing good for the sake of doing good? Asher was about to call the Shepherd on reward comment but he caught Wyatt’s glace to Willow and held his tongue.

Mr. Morningstar went on to tell about where the 42nd was resting and it didn’t sound good. Uncleared territory for graves would make it dangerous to take Havelock there but that’s what they all agreed to do. The explained it may take some time clear things enough to get in there. The Shepherd then offer that Mr. Morningstar should get them a free room in town.

"Perhaps Virgil could get you a few complimentary rooms at the hotels in town? Or we have a five star Noodle House in town?" Shepherd Carson suggests quietly.

Wyatt answered for them.

"Actually,Stickin' 'round a bit might provide me an' mine with some time t' line up our next set o' fares. ..An' while I appreciate yer offer of hospitality, it ain't necessary. Thank you kindly all the same. You can drop a wave our way when it's safe t' take Havelock home. 'Til then, I don't plan on muckin' about much so you can find us back at our ship if'n ya need us."


Posted on 2015-03-26 at 18:57:06.

TannTalas
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Continuing the conversation

“Firefly eh? Nice machine. Take you anywhere even if half the parts fail on you. Those aren’t the factory drive pods are they? You had work done recently?”

“Yeah you could say that” Wolf smiled at Chewie and took another drink when offered. “Few weeks back we were on a transport run when we heard this mayday. Was from one of those high priced Star liners. Seems they had a hull failure and needed off of it quick. Well we found them and got them off all safe and sound but as we were moving away she blew and caused us a lot of damage to the engines so we had to land quick. Ended up on this no name husk of rock and waited there till a passing Alliance ship found us. Well some of the rich passengers were so happy to be alive they paid for new engines and now we are returning the body of one of them that did die, a fine gentleman name of Havelock.”

"What!" Chewie said loudly, "That was you? I heard about you on the Vids! Killer mercenary slavers trying to snag rich people for ransom and sex slaves! Wow! Were you there? Like in the thick of fighting?"

“Ahh yeah I guess you could say that. Wait! Vids? You say you saw it on the vids?” Wolf was generally shocked having not had the time to watch a vid caster since he’d been released from holding.

"Chewie!" Captain Case admonished lightly, "Give the man a chance to breathe first. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I am surprised they allowed you to bring him back here. I thought Serenity Valley was a closed site by now."

“Not 100% sure why they let us do so, though Havelock was a very big help in the rescue. You’d have to ask Captain Sung, Wyatt Sung, my captain as he knows all the details.”

"Well Mr. Apollo, it is a pleasure to have made you acquaintance. I have things to do and I should really check on Billie but it has been an honour. I hope to see you around. We might be over at a saloon in town called Whistler's tonight if you have some off time. Maybe we will see you then."

“Yeah maybe so, I’ll try to bring my friend Asher along, maybe more of the crew”

With that the captain goes back to the ship through the Cargo Bay."

Chewie turns to Wolf, "Tell me what happened? I want to hear the whole thing. The cortex had it some like unification war all over again."

“Nay no Uni war pretty simple really” Wolf then proceeded to tell Chewie a modified account leaving out more of the intamite details of his personal fight and trying to tone down the clear media exjageration. However one thing had caught the Rocinante’s mechanic’s attention so after telling the tale of the rescue he asked.

“So was wondering. Your Captain mentioned someone named Billie. She another of your crew?”.................

Posted on 2015-03-27 at 15:17:20.
Edited on 2015-03-28 at 12:29:17 by TannTalas

Vanadia
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Sorry for the absence

Willow let the ebb and flow of conversation wash over her while she looked pretty and watched the two men speaking with Wyatt. The dynamics between the two men were…odd. The successful businessman had assurance aplenty, but as he spoke to Wyatt, he’d dart looks at the Shepherd, looking for…approval? What kind of hold would a Shepherd have over a man who pretty much owned a town?

The Shepherd was an odd one, too. While it was entirely possible for a good looking person to be called to God (it did happen, now and again), he was just entirely too perfect to have the humility of a man of the Book. Willow moved around the room as if looking around the room and drifted closer to the Shepherd. She realized that when he spoke, his facial movements seemed incomplete, as if the small muscles under the skin didn’t move as they should. With a start, Willow realized that the man had had cosmetic surgery, invasive enough to cause nerve damage. Vanity, or necessity, the doctor wondered.

"Mighty brave of you. Standing against so many for the lives of a group of people you never knew before you rescued them." He continued, "Were you well rewarded in the end?"

"We lost a good man," a warm flare had been set off in his stomach by the comment as though reward was what they'd done it for. "Truth of the matter was, we did what had t' be done in order t' survive. Heroin' usually get's ya killed. It doesn't keep yer ship in the sky an' yer crew fed."

"I would have thought that after saving so many rich and generous folks that you be living large and putting the fright trade behind you?"

Wyatt shot Willow a pleading look and she realized how hard it was for him to be the one asking for something from Virgil. To have his motives questioned was making it harder than ever.

“You must not have spent much time aboard a ship, Shepherd,” Willow interjected lightly, catching the Shepherd’s gaze and turning her smile up a notch,” or at least, not with any crew. You spend so much time in the Black with nothing but the ship’s thin skin to keep you alive. You see a ship in trouble, you help. No hesitation and no thinking of cost nor reward, because someday, it might be you sending that distress signal.”

"Aha!" Virgil called out, "Yes I do have a letter here for a Colonel Sanders. Oh my!" Virgil face fell a bit, "he was with the 42nd Infantry. " He exchanged a look of dread with the Shepherd who walked over to look over his shoulder. Carson also grimaced. "Sorry to say that records are a bit sketchy and frankly we have more markers out there with no name than we have ones with. The good news is we know where the 42nd is but the bad news is they area is not cleared of ordinance."

"Now I can ask Jon to get some of his boys together, have them go out in the morning to clear and area to the 42nd and you can lay him to rest by the afternoon assuming there ain't no hitches. If there is, well it should be much longer than that. He has come a long way, I'd rather see him in the right place. Are you in a hurry?"

"Perhaps Virgil could get you a few complimentary rooms at the hotels in town? Or we have a five star Noodle House in town?" Shepherd Carson suggests quietly.

"Actually," Wyatt drawled not unkindly. "Stickin' 'round a bit might provide me an' mine with some time t' line up our next set o' fares. An' while I appreciate yer offer of hospitality, it ain't necessary. Thank you kindly all the same. You can drop a wave our way when it's safe t' take Havelock home. 'Til then, I don't plan on muckin' about much so you can find us back at our ship if'n ya need us."

“Shepherd Carson, Mr. Morningstar, I know sometimes a town grows faster than the services needed to support all the folks flooding in. I am the ship’s doctor, with no one needing my care…is there a doctor’s office where I may lend a hand?”


Posted on 2015-04-18 at 16:49:00.

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Yum...............

The kid hadn’t had much interest in the conversation until he heard the offer for a five star noodle house. The Whistle something bar and grill hadn’t held much interest, but a five star noodle house was something he understood. Even if Ma did a great job trying to keep things interesting in the black by making do with rehydrated food stuffs and protein paste, a real noodle house was a place he could enjoy.

His heart dropped a bit when he heard Wyatt,” Actually,Stickin' 'round a bit might provide me an' mine with some time t' line up our next set o' fares. ..An' while I appreciate yer offer of hospitality, it ain't necessary. Thank you kindly all the same. You can drop a wave our way when it's safe t' take Havelock home. 'Til then, I don't plan on muckin' about much so you can find us back at our ship if'n ya need us."

When they were back in the hall and he was strapping his iron back on he sheepish let slip, “That noodle house might be a good place to checkout.”


Posted on 2015-04-19 at 15:55:29.

MMV
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Scooby Doobie Doo, Where are you?

Jade made her way over to the tower of the spaceport. It was clear to her from the ground and the air upon approach that the field was recently broaden to allow greater access. But they were using only half of the area so far so they were expecting a lot more traffic in the future.

The tower was busy too but there were a lot of staff using makeshift desks and cortex consoles wired haphazardly across the ceiling and floor. An older woman sat in the controller chair near the center and was using a head set to talk to someone while she worked at her station.

"Yeah, I know that you'd like us to do that but it is not going to happen. Rules are rules and I am not breaking rules without someone saying that I have permission to do so. Yes, I realize your time is valuable but so is mine." She paused and rolled her eyes before seeing Jade standing there, "Hey! I am the boss here. You got issues, you deal with me. The law was in place when you signed the papers and it ain't my fault you didn't due the diligence. So you go to Virgil, Tell him Vivian says hi and let me know how it works for you." She clicked the headset and looked over at Jade,

"Hi there. Vivian my name and I am the controller here. If you are waiting for maintenance, my crew will be there as soon as they can. If you are looking for a job, can you do ship maintenance?"

“Actually neither, I was just exploring, looking to see if there was a place I could get a map. I must say I am rather surprised at how busy it is around here, I was under the impression that Serenity’s Valley wasn’t a place that many traveled to.” Jade explained, with a small smile

“Well it wasn’t at first but a lot of families came here looking for fallen loved ones that never came home. After that, some news team on the cortex did a piece on that and soon people were just coming to see the valley. That was when Virgil started the walking tours with markers so no fool killed themselves on forgotten mine. He then sold a lot of the land he bought up cheap after the war and sold it to the Blue Sun developers for making it a historical site. Shame really cause all the gawkers and the ghost hunters that come out just pushed the families away” explained Vivan

The term ‘ghost hunters’ immediately caught Jade’s attention, as a wave of annoyance moved through her before Jade let the emotion go. People who sought thrills from the supposed ‘spirits of the dead’ tended to anger her, those same ghosts were someone else’s loved ones and to seek them out for a few overdramatic shrieks and giggles was in Jade’s opinion, the most disrespectful thing one could do to not only the dead but to other’s memories of that person. However acting on that annoyance would get her nowhere.

Choosing her next words carefully, Jade asked “Is the theme park supposed to be the historical site? I don’t quite see the connection between a historical sight and a theme park, and how that could that possibly attract the attention of ‘ghost hunters’?” There was a slight displeasured tone on the last two words as Jade tried not to voice her distaste of the word.

“I imagine the connection is money honey. People come to connect to the history and stay for the theme park. You know Blue Sun, if there is an opportunity, they will overexploit it. As to Ghost hunters, that is recent and that is more that they be body snatching.”

?!

“Pardon? Are you saying there is something stealing dead bodies?” If there was something that was stealing bodies, Jade need to warn the Captain that something or someone might try and steal Havelock’s body. Oh wait, she was the new girl, and ghosts tend to get more laughter than attention. Okay, she will need to go looking for a possible explanation and then warn the crew! That would mean going into town (yay!) and figuring out how to look into local legends without anyone laughing her off (not yay!)

Vivian laughed, “ No, not really. We had a rash of people go missing in the last few months. People blame ghosts. We see lights in the valley at night, it must be ghosts. We hear strange moans and terrible sounds coming from the valley, must be them ghosts. People go missing, must be ghosts.

“People have gone missing? There isn’t a mine or something out in the field that people would go looking for is there?” wondered Jade

“No Honey, there ain’t nothing in the valley except a bunch of dead bodies and lost dreams. Even if there was, they ain’t going to be digging around with all that munition and land mines down there. Good way to become a ghost if you ask me. Most people gone are from The Heights so …” she trailed off with a said face, “Well they never had much of a life anyway.”

“The Heights?” Jade echoed.

“Yeah. The old internment camp of the soldiers from the war. They were moved to behind the junkyard. They either were too far leaky in the brain pan to find their way home or not enough money to get a transport. Left here to die really but Doc Greene and Reverend Jim keep a watch on them.”

Jade frowned at news and acknowledged “Thank you for your help and time, I will let you get back to work,” just before she gives a small wave and heads back down to the ship. By the time she makes it down to the ship, none of the other crew had returned from their other jobs. Good, that meant, Jade could go into town without having to explain what she was up to. While this so called ghost didn’t have much to do with Havelock, people were going missing and someone had to do something.

With that though, Jade began to walk towards town, It was time to learn from the townspeople what sort of legend did theses ghosts have…


Posted on 2015-04-19 at 20:00:49.

   


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