Episode 3: On the road again
The door to the cab opened as it pulled up and stopped in front of the repair facility, the three new pilots stepped out of the vehicle and unloaded their luggage, they had just spent the last two weeks getting there pilots license. This was harder for some then others…Beowulf slept late the first two days of class, almost got booted, and barely passed. Both Verble and Sharps passed easy, looked like the captain might be a steward before it was over.
Before them was The Venture; the old freighter had been transformed in the two weeks, workers and drones still finishing up last minute fixes, welding flashes and pops can be seen and heard in the repair bay. She was actually a beautiful ship…if you liked that kind of thing.
Pengo approached the group, “How’s she looking, she turned out good don’t you think?”
Beowulf looked at the old freighter that was nothing more than scrap two weeks ago. Now, it was old, but not scrap. Pengo had done an outstanding job on this old bucket…”looks great!” Beowulf said.
“All the supplies and your personal effects have been loaded” Pengo said
“Hey they said that you we would need a Pilot Master for our maiden voyage, I guess we all have to get some time behind the wheel, they said that this PM would sign us off at the end of the voyage. Do you know where we can find one?” Beowulf asked.
“Sure, in fact, he has already been assigned to you and your crew. His name is Lebo, he is a LE-BO2D9, He has worked for me…hmmm…I guess five years or so. He is a Master Pilot and Navigator and a damn good mechanic, best worker I got. He does these jobs on the side…At one time, an unknown transport vessel took off while being checked by the droid, making Leebo an unwilling stowaway. From that moment forward, LE-BO2D9 began to work as a ship mechanic, going from one owner to another throughout the coming years. He served multiple masters and each of them updated his abilities and skills, allowing Leebo to do more and more. Now he works for me, you see I own him on paper but he is his own entity. He can come and go as he pleases, the law states that he must have a master, well I guess that’s me. Don’t worry about the cost, it has been covered with the cost of repair. Here is your igniter, I will walk you over so that you all can get settled in.” Pengo said handing the igniter device to Beowulf.
The group walked over to the ship, and up the ramp, the whole time Pengo is going over all the things that have been done. Finally Beowulf looks at him and said “Does she fly?”
“sure she will fly” Pengo laughed.
Lego approached carrying a backpack and a guitar case; “permission to come aboard captain?” he asked in a metallic voice. Pengo looked at Beowulf, who was looking at the communications computer, “he means you…”
“Huh, oh, sure…come on aboard” Beowulf said
“Find a room to stow your gear…”
“I will be using your room for the duration of this mission…” Lebo said dryly.
“WHAT?! Oh no, I have been bunking with sixty guys at the school for the last two weeks, there is no way I…”
“Regulations 324:456 states that the ranking officer on civilian and or military is the Pilot Master, until you receive you stamp, you are a trainee and I am the master” Lebo cut him off.
Pengo snickered and looked away.
“Ok, just until I get my stamp and you get off my ship!”
“Roger that captain” lebo said and moved toward the Captain birth.
“Is he for real?” Beowulf asked Pengo
“Yes, he is for real, but you better listen to him, I have never seen a finer pilot in the whole blooming sector, he has trained at least two imperial aces and is the only person or droid to land on Fenis, he also saved his crew by going to hyperspace only seconds before a star went supernova, You should ask him about that one, it is kind of a famous story. I mean going to hyperspace takes some time and calculation and droid under normal programing would never in danger a crew by just jumping, but he did and it saved everyone. Some say he was lucky, but I say luck can’t navigate in hyperspace…and he did. Remember he chooses to do this because he loves it.”
“Love, a droid…Pengo you been sucking on a power converter?” Beowulf said
“Yea, I know, but he enjoys… loves… his job, and he has to stamp your imperial pilots license so you better just get along with the guy.”
Verble and Sharps look at each other and laugh…Beowulf stormed up to the cockpit. “How long tell we fly?”
“Just as soon as you want to start prepping for take-off. I will clear all my workers immediately” Pengo said to Beowulf who had just jumped on the lift leading up to the cockpit.
“Make It happen, we got money to make…let’s get this bird to fly, Sharps make sure our GP1 is secured in the hold and I want a full system check. Verble you pilot us out with our friend in the Co-pilot seat, start getting systems up and checked off. I will head to engineering and start the engines. Then I will make sure communications are up and computer is booted up…the Navcom will not be online until we get the hyper drive fixed…so this navigation will be the old fashioned way…Lets move everybody we are burning daylight.”