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Chapter 267 of Book 3 is in the queue

February 21, 2014
Posted at 3:14 pm

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

Deep Space

...The First Officer reported to the Captain. "Sir, the engine room reports they are ready for the first trial."

"I do not need a trial," the Captain muttered. "I need a fucking drive that is working."

Ignoring the Captain's remark, "Shall I give the command, Sir?"

The course had long since been laid in. "Engage warp drive," the Captain said.

The First Officer relayed the command to the engine room.

…Nothing happened.

"Now what the hell is wrong?" the Captain said as he gripped the arms of his command chair in his frustration.

The First Officer consulted his console, then the engine room. After a moment of talking with one of the sub-engineers. "Uh, Sir. They are engaging. They have to do everything manually now, so it takes about fifteen minutes to bring the warp coils online instead of a second or two with the computer controlling everything. Uh, Sir, the Chief Engineer wished to remind you that everything is jury rigged and this is a test. He is not even positive we will be able to achieve warp on this try."

"Six measly light years away from riches beyond my wildest dreams and I cannot even get there," the Captain muttered darkly...

Have a goodun;