Derelict 8: What if….?

She tried to put it off.07-16-15_9-59 PM-2

She tried to ignore the voice of worry. Nagging in the back of her mind. What if…? She distracted herself.

Re-Reading her favorite books.06-09-15_9-28 PM

She particularly enjoyed the story about the boy who fell in love with a ghost. Even though she knew the ending, it was so well written, she cried each time and wondered anew, would their romance work out? She spent time learning new meals.

08-08-15_3-12 PM

The kitchen used to be a frightening place, but now Amelia navigated it with confidence. Vegetable tempura was easy as pie…well, not pie. Baking wasn’t her forte, but she no longer thought she’d be setting the ship on fire every time she turned the stove on.

But while painting her mind wandered again. What if…? What if something was really wrong?

07-16-15_9-56 PM-2What if the ship was broken? What if she was going to crash? Finally she knew she couldn’t put it off any longer. She started by checking on the plants. If the environmental system was broken, they would be the first to know.

08-08-15_3-15 PM-2

They weren’t dead, yet. But it was a close thing. She realized she couldn’t put it off any longer. She was going to have to see what the problem was and see if she could fix it. She suited up and headed downstairs to the cockpit. 08-08-15_2-27 PMredMultiple red lights stared back at her accusingly. It was broken. Amelia almost lost it then. She didn’t even know where to begin or what was wrong or how to fix it. There was book sitting the console next to the terribly red red lights. It as a ship’s manual. She didn’t remember it being there before. Perhaps Mr. Winter had left it there before he’d left for the surface. She picked up the book.

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While Amelia didn’t understand everything the book, it was a start. And a good one. She suspected it was Electra’s book because her handwritten notes were all along the margins clarifying what the paragraphs actually meant and drawing pictures showing out how it applied to the Tighar in particular. Amelia could at least figure out which lights were warning about the life support. And from there she could figure out what was wrong and hopefully fix it.

08-08-15_4-02 PM-2With the help of Electra’s notes, Amelia found the controlling circuits. A little dusting and minor repair and it was as good as new. She returned to the cockpit and replaced the circuit. She held her breath as the computer rebooted.08-08-15_2-28 PM

All green. Amelia breathed a sigh of relief.
08-08-15_3-56 PM

A new though entered her mine. She thought about ignoring it as she had the last voice. But still she wondered. What else could Electra’s book teach her?

Chapter 9: Alone >


  1. Okay, I just read through all your chapters so far and I LOVE this so much. What a great twist on the room challenge! I love slowly learning more and more about Amelia’s family and the crew and what happened to them. I look forward to what comes next! (oh, and Amelia definitely has great taste in literature 😉 Thanks for the little mention! :D)

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  2. I thought it was really a cool way to bring in the handiness skill, with her getting up her nerve to tackle figuring out the state of the ship. By the way, it looks like you’ve got the same plant glitch as my game– some of the fruit or flowers have turned dark?

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    • Yeah, I noticed that glitch the other day. 😦 They’re all just dark blobs until you harvest. Bane’s garden is still fine, but I haven’t played it in a while. It’s just the box planters, I think all the pots are fine.

      She’s been working on her handiness a while obviously, on plumbing and stoves, but I figured it was time to tackle the big appliance, the ship. I don’t think I can fit the engine room into her tiny box, but if I could… 🙂

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  3. Ahhhh so excited she found her courage to assess the ship. Also very good that Electra was very thorough with her notes. I picture Firefly’s Kaylee when you talk of Electra and her being a great mechanic!!

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