“Edan” Excerpt #3
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“You need to call this in Vic, according to the sensor, we are out of fuel.”
“We are currently carrying enough fuel Airmen Lively” Victoria the ship’s avatar responded.
“Yoseph, the sensor is clearly wrong, I watched them fuel it up before we left.”
“Well folks it is not a problem now, I have no controls, we are about to free fall..”
“Lively deploy the ‘chutes manually.”
“She’s gone we have lost; power, sat-link, wifi, all offline.”
“We have to get out..”
At that moment the hybrid fiber indie transport copter that provided monthly supplies on it’s route to New Havana, went into a spinning freefall. The forces exerted by the spin kept the pilots from deploying the ships parachute, and the craft plowed fullspeed into the ocean a half mile away from Edan Island’s bay. It broke into pieces and those that didn’t sink began to float towards shore. Lukiamo now dressed in a battered Inway Services uniform calmly walked to the beach and layed down amongst the rubble.
Harreling Adie on the com, Evie said tersly “I need you in Control stat, we have a situation.”
“Ahhh…OK, honey,..on the way.” Adie replied, leaving the supplyshop feeling fully frusterated that this was likely a situation not really worthy of his attention. The open ocean was calling him, and he wasn’t going to allow Evie to cancel his trip, or slowly derail it. He shook his hand into the pixelcloud screen closing his itinerary, waypoints, and a listing of supplies and gear.
“This had better be good.” He paused as he left the shop, eyes widening as he spotted the plume of smoke drifting over the bay. Adie set off on a dead run to the control center complex.
Adie arrived seconds later breathing heavily “What the hell happened!?”
Evie glanced up at him “Radar and thermals show our supply ship coming in pre-approach from the north. Right on schedule.”
“I know, some of the supplies I need for the trip are on it.”
“What?!” Adie was angry, all he could think was that she had somehow done this..she didn’t want him to leave.
“Don’t look at me like that Mr. Godfrey, I didn’t do it, the transport went down right outside the bay according the vid bank.” Evie deftly scrolled her fingers across the chair arm. Three panels appeared on the wall; the first showed a grainey transport plowing into the bay, the 2nd showed the debris and cloud, and the third showed a live feed of debris washing onshore.
Adies shoulder slumped, he exhaled deeply “I needed those supplies…”
Evie added “WE” Needed those supplies.”
Adie placed a large tanned rough hand on her smaller more delicate hand, his finger rubbing her wedding ring. For the first time in a long while, she looked into his eyes. He was wearing his battered and scuffed glasses, and for a moment she thought they were welling up with tears.
“The PILOTS” They both said in unison.
“Did you see chutes?”
Addie com’d Yule. “Yule there has been an accident. The Inaway Services supply transport went down just outside the bay…where are you?”
“I am in the Cabana teaching geography lessons to squad 2.” (6,7,8,9,& 10)
Adie lifted one eyebrow holding both palms up and mouthing to Evie “WT? I thought that was K.A.T.E.’S job?..”
“Speaking of ‘Kate (The family avatar), why didn’t she alert us Evie? She is usually all over this stuff.” Returning back to Yule, Adie directed “OK get the rover and Kanye..and Able if you can find him, we need to find out if anyone survived.”
Evie replied “Adie you know the kids prefer Yule to ‘Kate. I am not sure why we didn’t hear from her, ‘Kates been behaving oddly this week. I saw the sit-rep on the docket this morning, but not a word from ‘Kate.”
“K.A.T.E are you aware of the situation?”
“Yes I am aware, the children prefer the robot over me.”
“Kate this is a level one emergency so no time for jokes, are you aware of the accident?”
“I am…sure am, I sent an island wide alert just now.”
Evie held her palms up, mouth open. Adie shrugged and slowly shook his head sighing heavily.
“Okay great ‘Kate go ahead and contact port athourities, navy, and the Inway Services offices. And alert us if you see anything.” Adie said looking unsure of the avatar.
“I’ll get my med kit and set up on the dock.” Evie said belaying a chart of duties until the afternoon. One of them being to check the underwater sensors surrounding the island.
“Evie what about the kids?
“Well Adie, some of them got word just now from ‘Kate, we’ll just have to tell them what happened.”
Adie frowned, wondering what she meant.”Yule moblize squad 4 for search & rescue, meet us on the beach right away.”
“Get the oldest and rendezvou with you on the beach ASAP.” Yule confirmed far too casually.
“Affirmative.” Adie stopped to check the weather and saw a storm was coming.
Turning, Adamian reached for Evie’s shoulder, but she was already gone.