Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Valuable Cargo and a Suicidal Run

Region: The Forge
Constellation: Kimotoro
Solar System: Jita
Planet: Jita IV - Moon 6
Station: Caldari Provisions

Selina smiled as she stood watching from the station hanger's viewing deck. Below, she could see the hanger crew working to unload the 'cargo' from giant Megathron's cargo bay. Even now, safely docked in her usual station hanger here in Jita, she still couldn't believe just how easy it was to get her ship out of Solitude and back into main empire. They had encountered not a single thread of opposition in the roughly 15 or so jumps through lowsec. Not that she was complaining. She laughed again as her thoughts went back to the look her maintenance chief had given when she'd told him her intentions back in Octanneve. Sometimes she just wished she had a camera implant.

Region: Solitude
Constellation: Elose
Solar System: Octanneve
Planet: Octanneve III - High Orbit
Station: Duvolle Laboratories Factory

"You want what?!?!"

"I want you to strip the Megathron of all its current modules. If the ship is attacked by anything of significant threat, our chances will be slim we'll make it out anyways," Selina said, shrugging. "And besides, at this point I could care less honestly if I lose her. I just want out of Octanneve. Out of Solitude."

Taldak, her maintenance chief, looked again at the list he held in his hands, his mind still in numb shock.

1600mm Reinforced Nanofiber Plates I
Damage Control I
Large Armor Repair I
Energized Basic Adaptive Nano Plating
Armor Explosive Hardener I
Warp Core Stabilizer I
Warp Core Stabilizer I

100mn Microwarp Drive I
Cap Recharger I
Cap Recharger I


He recognized all the gear on the list. It was all cheap junk they'd salvaged from the wrecks of the various missions they'd been running for the local Gallante Customs agents. Most of it was, for the most part, worthless junk in terms of gear for a battleship. But to think she actually intended to use it?? And weapons of any sort?! Slowly he looked back up at her. Surely this pod pilot had truly lost her mind. He knew she was crazy before, but now she must have really lost it.

"Miss Selina, I..."

"Look Tal, nobody but me will be on this ship when it undocks. I'm flying this one solo. I mean, I have absolutely no intentions of engaging anyone during this trip and in fact will be running or avoiding contact at all costs. So I say again, if the ship gets blown....oh well. The insurance I have on this thing will be enough, with some left over, to buy a new one anyways." She gave him her puppy eyes. "Besides, it might turn out to be a fun little adventure."

Taldok bit his lower lip in thought as he stared at her than just smirked, shaking his head. "You really are insane," he playfully mused.

She beamed at his words. "Yeah. I know. Fun, isn't it?"

"Oye vay...," he said before laughing. "Alright. We'll get her fixed up and ready in no time. Obviously shouldn't be too hard or take too long."

Selina laughed once more before turning to head off towards the pilot's lounge when a thought struck her. Glancing over her shoulder, she gave a devilish grin.

"Oh. And Tal. Do me one other favor?"

"Sure. What's that?"

"Know that package labeled 'A Lot of Money' we've had sittin in the hanger collecting dust?"

He nodded, a grin spreading across his own face to which she gave a wink.

"Yeah....throw that in the cargo hold will ya?"

"Will do Miss," he said laughing as he watched her leave. "Will do."