This week with Arlene and Jeff:
...Ann knew she should be thrilled to be more than four light years from Earth in a spacecraft that was so advanced that there literally was no comparison to anything that Earth had managed so far. Well, there is the portal, she thought. But only the General's people know about that, and stepping through a portal to another location that might even be in another dimension is truly amazing, but this is… different - way different. She suppressed a shiver as she thought of just how far from home and her family she truly was. If something goes wrong, no one will ever know what happened to me.
Coming to her feet, she made her way to the tiny galley, ordered a hamburger and a cup of coffee, then sat at the tiny table to eat and drink.
"Two minutes until dropout," her AI advised.
After acknowledging, she tried to casually take a sip of her coffee before putting the cup down and gripping the side of the table, waiting. I should have waited to eat until we were back in warp, she thought as she argued with her stomach about the hamburger.
"Warp in ten seconds," she heard for the twentieth time, or was it twenty-one, she wondered.
The remaining portion of the hamburger went into the recycle chamber. She stood and stretched, yawning. How can I sleep when we drop out of warp every ten minutes? Still, the pickets are too far apart. If a warp signature is only detectable for a distance of a light minute, this thing could still go to warp or drop out of it without any of my pickets detecting it. Oh, well, Ship says this distribution will give the highest chance of detecting whatever is making the ripple. If it does it again, and… within sensor range of one of my pickets. If. If. If.
Time drifted on. Ann sat in the pilot's seat casually scanning space in front of her as her scout prepared for warp yet again.
"Warp in ten seconds."
"Wait," Ann hastened to say. "What's that?" she said, pointing to her forward screen. "Increase the magnification."...
Have a goodun;