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As he ate, his senses began to return. He realized that he had been disarmed (no great surprise there), and he also felt the characteristic throbbing of a starship's engine under full drive.
Two things were possible.
The first possibility was that he had been captured by the Black Scars. They were taking him back to some base where they would interrogate him (not gently) and then dump him into deep space. So why feed him first and care for his wounds? Simple. Torture isn't effective on a dying man.
The second possibility was infinitely worse.
When he had eaten, and felt a little steadied, Thaken arose and went to the door of the tiny cabin. It was not locked. He looked out to see a mid-sized ship crowded with refugees, of which he was now one. Among them was the somewhat attractive doctor with the white hair he had seen earlier at the airlock. She was obviously weary, but still attempting to tend the wounded. He also saw the mad scientist (as he had come to think of him) lurking about. If anything, the man looked even stranger than the picture from O'Malley's dossier.
Hmm. O'Malley. He had been due for retirement in two weeks. Thaken guessed that Earth Government would save some money on his pension.
The second possibility, the infinitely worse one, now seemed very likely indeed. To confirm it, Thaken walked slowly towards the bridge.
There, in the pilot's seat, all orange hair and smiling features -even when he wasn't smiling- was the pirate, Redd.
Redd looked back at Thaken, and grinned.
"Just shoot me now," groaned the Commissar.
I walked up to Redd and tapped his shoulder
"I fixed the burns on the ships thrusters so you dont have to worry about this heap blowing up. Now give me my pills so i can take off, i have some upgrades i need to make"
I opened my hand up and waited for Redd to give me what i wanted.
Redd gave the scientist his pills and stood, putting his ship on autopilot.
"well, thats a nice way to say 'thanks for saving my scrawny ass', and here i was just about to run over and thank whatever god is in play your okay"
Redd opened his refrigerator and took out a pepsi, the one thing he was glad had survived for hundreds of years.
as he took a drink he starred down thaken "Kenra is gone, thoughs bastards blew it up mere seconds after i got you on board and took off. i saved who i could but a lot of guys didn't make it."
Redd rubbed his brow, many thoughts running through his head at once. the attractive doctor, the lives lost, the anger, the sadness, and the serious need for a donut.
he looked up.
"i'll drop you off somewhere Thaken, if you really want.. as for me? i'm gonna find thoughs bastards and make them pay for each life gone."
Regin walked to the bridge. She stepped to the side as the man with the glasses past her. After he was gone, she got closer to the red-headed man and to the man who looked like a official.
She watched the red-headed man take out a pepsi and drink it.
"Not meaning to cut you off, madam," he said, "but let me thank you for this professional dressing on my arm and head. Without them, our captain here, might have wasted his time dragging a useless lump of meet onto his ship."
"your right, instead i carried a talking useless lump of meat onto my ship"
"i'm joking of course"
he turned to the doctor "didn't get a chance to talk to ya before, which is bad, always gotta be polite to such a lovely lady"
he stood, and approached her, holding out his hand
"Astion Kyle Redd, captain of this ship and pirate extrordinaire, at your service"
"No offense taken, Captain. Here, let me pilot for awhile, while you go talk to your new medical officer. You have it on my honor that I will not alter your course."
She took Astion's hand "Regin McReive, doctor".
She turned to the officer. "Thank you for your complement sir, but it was just basic bandaging, anyone could have bandaged your arm and you still be ok."
"ohhh hell no, nobody touches my baby but me, this is my ship, i put more money then your mind can handle into it, no one touches it"
he turned to Regin
"a pleasure to meet you, miss McReive, it is truly a blessing to have such a good doctor on my ship"
"The pleasure is mine Mr. Redd, and the ship is wonderful."
Regin smiled a gentle, shy smile to both of the men
"Wreckage in my path, what the hell happened here?"
I turned my pod and examined the wreckage of a Earth Forces ship
"Must be pirates..."
I turn on my cloak so i couldnt be seen
"Hmmm, that looks important..."
With my pod's tractor beam i pulled the body and case into a small cargo space and took off towards The Lab.
he smiled charmingly towards Regin, then stepped past her to address the refugee's.
"Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls, kiddies of all ages, i am Captain Astion Kyle Redd, at your service. you are currently aboard my ship, the Red Eclypse, and as such, i will be dropping you all off at the t-y 76 Space Station near the asteroid belt, anyone with issues with this, can direct their complaints to someone who gives a rats ass"