Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A to Z Lies in Space - Drexel

Deep-space salvage is a thankless calling, but someone has to do it, otherwise there would be junk floating everywhere.

Every now and again, you make a startling discovery, and that's exactly what happened to me when I found the android, about halfway to Antares if you're approaching from Plague.  (I try to never make the Plague run, but sometimes it can't be avoided.)  It seemed like scrap metal, switched off and never likely to operate again, but I have my contacts, and eventually, the android came to life again.

I'm still wondering if that was a blessing or curse.

But undoubtedly, Kindly was a revelation, a piece of living history that could very well explain some of the deepest secrets of recent history, such as what exactly happened to Ulysses and how the entire Sapo Order came to an end. 

Ulysses, you'll understand, was never officially a member of the Order, more like an honorary one (although the more people you ask, the more likely you'll hear that it was the Order's honor to have him, even among the likes of Greer and Lark).  Yet the tales of his exploits are legion, impossible to escape (just ask my good buddy Crew).

Still, Kindly is unsettling, and the more time I spend with him, the less I want to hear what he has to say.  He speaks of Zuri as if...No, I don't even want to think about it.  Better to take up Vaughn on his offer, and let him take Kindly off my hands.  It'd be better for everyone involved.  I didn't ask for trouble.  I was just doing my job.  But this deal's getting worse and worse all the time...

"But this is not the story," says Kindly.

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