Trust - and Faith

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As it turned out, there was no contest in the results. The crew had voted unanimously to follow this to the end. We’d been through hell and back over the last few weeks, and we were more tightly bonded than any crew had ever been. The vote demonstrated absolute trust in our captain – and, as I found out, in me.

“Ok, carto,” Harrigan said. “This is your show. What now?” His demeanor was still serious, still that of the captain, but I thought I detected a bit of relief in his voice.

“Now, sir, we plot a course, same as always. The overseer already knows our destination – and the translation.”

He nodded. “Just tell me one thing.”

“Anything, sir,” I replied.

“Tell me we won’t have to go gallivanting the galaxy just to converse with this new species.”

“No, sir, I don’t believe so. That, before, was a calibration run to teach the overseer how to translate the new language.”

“Very well,” he said. Then, “Get the engines warmed up, people!”

And with that, he turned and thumbed the comm for ship-wide broadcast.

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  1. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Begin the story here:

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Nicely done, to bring all the various parts and events from the several authors involved, into this moment of momentous decision. I like it.

  3. Avatar HSAR

    Everything I was thinking of and more.

  4. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Thanks, both! And SSC, I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.

    I’ve got one more piece to add before I consider this series complete, so if someone wants to drop a sequel in, this is the place. :)

  5. Avatar Seb Feast

    There’s still so much mystery to be uncovered! Someone write a sequel, my soul is crying for MOAR. :D

  6. Avatar HSAR

    Arg, I really want to write a sequel but academia grabs hold of my time every moment I manage to think of some inspiration. I’ll do something by the end of next week, I promise.

  7. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    @Seb: I hate to disappoint, but so far as I’m concerned, I have one more sequel I want to add (after SSC’s) and then I’ll consider the story effectively complete. Not to say, of course, that others aren’t welcome to continue it, just that I’m pretty content with the story we’ve crafted here and I’m just about ready to let it stand on its own now. :)

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