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The Crash

“…It’s kind of annoying it’s just this huge number flashing in your line of sight. It can tell when you’re driving so I don’t think that’ll be an issue, not that I’ve been driving in 6 Korda.” He joked.

“I was going to say – You’re on the wrong ship if you’re planning on taking scenic roadtrips, Krystal quipped. Her eyes suddenly got wide. “Whoa. Have you seen these new Big E, advertisements?”

“I haven’t..”

“Oh my god lemme tell you: If you have the version 42 patch, you have access to AR presentations. So when they do the safety video she’ll just appear in front of your Station. Or did you see the new Bartreki film?”

“Also no”

“Minus five points”, Krystal said through a sarcastic grin.

Her dimples are like craters. Beautiful sexy craters in her face. I hadn’t noticed that before. *Ping*

Your heart rate just rose and blood is flowing downward rapidly.

He could feel a jolt of big E endorphins, hit his cortex as she continued. It was warm, like pouring lava thru his veins, but it felt good. He smiled and leaned in…

“They filmed a scene on a shuttle just like this one. So when you deploy, you see the first 5 min. of the film like you were there. A little intense but I love those terrible action movies, don’t judge me. But sorry I cut off your story. The Mom in front of you at customs—”

 

“ No worries, that’s really cool. + 3 for corny action flicks. Right.. So this huge number 2 is flashing obnoxiously. And I jump cuz I’ve been in line so long I’d forgot I set it . Even though they were right in front of me, I now realize:  she’s got the third kid. She’s like late 20s, looked like she was carrying her life behind her in a trunk, with her along with these three boys. The older boys are pushing duffles behind her, nearly twice their size, while the youngest — couldn’t be more than 4— was sitting on the mother’s trunk. Would have been cute if she wasn’t clearly so tired.  Or so worried. They must have traveled for miles, to wait in this terrible line, for 2 hours. When she started crying that’s when I used eero.”

“What the hell is eero?

You never heard of Eero Krystal? Ehhhh minus 1. Eero was a bio app they offered with the operation. But basically when I enable it All I have to do is focus on the thing I wanna listen to and can get real time sound up to 250 yards.

Krystal: That’s totally not creepy. Minus 2.

T- MINUS : 2 MINUTES TO ATMOSPHERE BREACH.

Krystal:  Now we’re moving…

“ I’d never use it in a creepy way. Just to play Robin hood at the Starport. The Customs guy needed a break he had no patience. But the 4 year old didn’t have an implant.—”

Krystal: Cause its immoral to implant kids before age 5…

“Wow. +10 for your politics. We’ll be a hit when we arrive on Europa. Since they mandated all the kids there to get it with their small E procedures, he didn’t want to let them fly cause the baby wouldn’t pass a retinal scan..”

Krystal: Are you serious? Nooo. Ugggh what an ass. It’s a baby, that’s awful.

His endorphins hit again; that’s something his mother would say. Maybe she’s the one he thought—

Elysia: Sir, you haven’t set up a love color.

Blue please.

Elysia: Deployed. Would you like a libido boost.

Not at this time. Thanks.

KATHOOOOM

What was that?

Krystal: Nothing to worry about. They’re priming the retros. It was little bit longer vibration than normal but always startles people on the first ride. Krystal said assuringly .

So did what did the mom do?

She kind of froze there. Crying alone, it was really sad. Elysia had to hit me with some extra oxytocin. I think she was too tired, and she just didn’t want to go back cause she had nowhere to go. So I rush to the counter and set myself up under the scanner. He asks for my patch number and I chip in so he can run my data.

Uh huh.

And we’re waiting the 13 seconds and he’s not even making small talk to make it less awkward, as he pores over my health info, so I break the silence. “hey, man I think that kid passed a prescreening. And I held  200 units in front of his screen.

The machine beeps and I look up from the scanner he’s annoyed staring me down. This fucker was ugly  too. Old nasty jughead was like a french bulldog meets a wart hog; and had to have been 120. Like what are you doing working. He looks at the money again, looks at the mom. Looks at me. Looks at the money one more time and hits a button on the console behind him and the kiosk starts flashing.

Uh oh. Krystals hanging on every word. Whats a bulldog look like? Never mind I’ll look it up. AHHH ok. Continue ”

3 agents come out of the ground like thriller. <Writers note: Yea they still know about Michael Jackson in the future duh>

My cortisol starts going. 2.5 percent % per second, thanks patch 40. But the agents they just pick up the bags and walk it thru. And Warthog // bulldog man waves the family along.

Aww that’s a sweet story. You’re a sweet guy; You helped that family get to the new world.

Yeea. Made me feel good.

“That should be the name of your business when you apply—graft for good”.

Hahahah. Actually you know what?. Elysia ** ping**, save note to docket app.

Elysia: Pro-ceed:

Business names. List item 1. Graft for Good.

KAHHHRRRTHRRROO0O0O0O0O0O0OOOM

Okaay.. That one sounded really long, said Krystal.

Both of their levels cortisol spiked. Patch 43 released a cooling sensation to calm him down.

But we’re fine right? he replied trying to assure himself as much as much as her.

ATTENTION TRAVELERS, PLEASE BE SEATED AND STRAP IN @ THE NEAREST STATION NEARBY. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY, THE CAPTAINS ARE MAKING AN EMERGENCY MANEUVER TO RETURN US BACK TO STARPORT DELTA. Do not run, please moving briskly to a station ATTENTION TRAVELERS.. it droned on.

This happens sometimes right? Right Krystal?

Krystal was already moving briskly at 4 paces per second. Running pace for the avg. 37 yr old American male between the weight of 250 and 305 lbs.

Thank you patch 43, for the fun fact.  He muttered his sarcastically.

Elysia: *Youre welcome. Would you like a does of oxytocin to calm you down? *

Deploy.

Krystal!! Wait up.

Ok, I’m sorry, soldier, What was your name? I’ve forgotten your name already, I’m an ass.

It’s Jimi

I need to find a station. GASP. I’ve never been on a deferred flight before. I’m spiking and I shut off my adrenaline response patch. GASPP I’m hyperventilating Jimi.

Ok. Calm down. I’m a doctor.

Really?

Not at all. But I did a good deed today so that makes me the closest thing to your guardian angel in this crazy galaxy. There are two open stations over there, let just take it easy. Move briskly. Say it with me. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

Slow is smooth smooth is fast. Slow is smooth smooth is fast. Slow is smooth smooth is fast. Slow is smooth smooth is fast. Slow is smooth smooth is fast.

Krystal: Where’d you learn that?

Dad was a Marine. Did 3 tours as a rescue pilot.

No way.

Saved Settlers from Star port Alpha disaster in ’23.

No shit. + 10. Looks like I accepted a drink from the right grifter.

Krystal’s HUD flashed blue. Her love color. She got a rush of big E endorphins with a pinch libido boost. She had a thing for grifters with big muscles and military men.

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What’s that warmth? Oh shit she’s holding my hand. Fuck yeah. This is scary but fuck ya!

I’m totally gonna have sex with her if I survive this.

Elysia: sir, should a send a libido boost.

Not right now.

Krystal: what?

He let go of her hand as she sat down. He straps her in on the station.

Jimi: Nothing getting used to Elysia. You ok?

Krystal: Yea just got some big E oxytocin. Thank you. Do you want flight pill? Shuts down the chemicals in your bodies flight response and prepares you for confrontation or in this case emergencies.

Sure I’ll take one. He straps in.

Krystal hands him the pill and they touch again.

They both get a rush of cool liquid in their veins and a get a libido boost hits both cortices.

Krystal: I’m totally going to have sex with you if we survive this.

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My legs are hot am I having a reaction to the pill? Elysia diagnostic

Elysia: ERrR-ERRrR

Elysia what’s that light? Elysia respond.

Elysia: Shutting down pain receptors.

Jimi: Elysia what’s happening?

His adrenaline spikes. Bloods streaking down the back of Krystal’s head.

Krystal: Jimi can you hear me? JIMI!

Elysia: Dampening sound receptors.

It was quiet. Her mouth moved she was screaming his name, but it was mute.

Jimi looked up to see  flames tumbling toward Krystal. She turned to him. And right before they reached her body. Warm lava hit his veins. The last thing he saw were those big craters in her face

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“Home Activate; Elysia, Big E news please.”

Crews are still coming to the site, in what is the biggest crater since the disaster in ’23. The shuttle was carrying mostly earthers to Europa, 450 passengers perished on impact with another 300 injured and in critical condition. The numbers of victims killed or missing at the space sport is still rising with last estimates at 500 confirmed dead 150 —

“Jesus”

News report continues:  

The catastrophic event has people wondering should pilots still be allowed to fly without Big E enhancements and is this the final straw to push for a ban on chemical fuels.

In the Elysia company statement both factors are listed as cause for this disaster.. In other news…