Episode 1: Luna station; MOJO Junk station tethered in the moon’s lower orbit will accept the spacecraft for scrap.
Three people are standing on a floating barge in the emptiness of space, looking at a Junk pile of a space ship. All are in Space suites, The brothers look over at the wrecks that once were magnificent feats in engineering, technology and metal. The sales man, Pedro Marcus smiles?he knows a couple of suckers from a mile away. He doesn’t say much letting the older of the two sale this hunk of metal for him.
The platform moves and stops in front a wreck? of rust, yes rust? thing rust in space? cold dead metal giants; waiting for the jaws of the scrappers to tear it apart. In giant red letters on the junk before them reads: The Venture.
Beowulf called Sharps up to ask if he wanted to be partners in a business venture? yes that is what he said. Sharps didn’t realize that the business venture was THE VENTURE. When he first saw it in the junkyard his first thing to say was?
“What?! We just knock out the a few dings and a fresh coat of paint and she is ready to fly” Beowulf said, free floating next to the salesman, Pedro Marcowho was keeping extremely quiet.
Sharps exasperated a long drawn out sigh before continuing his suspended acrobatic maneuver in an attempt to get a closer look at the scrap metal simply known as The Venture. ?When you said lets start a shipping business adventure together, I thought…well I knew there were always risks. But just looking at that space heap, makes me feel like I need to be quarantined with a beautiful oriental earthen nurse giving me an immediate Tdap Vaccination shot to my ass. He thought as he moved toward the rusted ship.
“Uh, I don’t know Beo? I mean…”
“But we can afford it” Beowulf said
“check out the landing gear?? pointing awkwardly to some metal hanging from the bottom of the ship.
“You better rub those baby blues again bro, that is the scrap heap’s Repulse Emitter dangling near it’s stern.You know, the f ’ing tracking beam!”
“Isn’t it great? That means we can pick up small jobs on small planets without a spaceport.” Beowulf said.
the salesman coughed into the head set.
“Oh yah, they will have no problems distinguishing all the pieces of shit at some uncharted distant planet with our rose colored arses subplanted into our face. I can just see it now posted on every media spacebar across the galaxy, Moran brothers make their mark by plastering their assets all over the world.”
?Best of the Best in a freighter class vessels, the imperium really knew how to make?m!? The salesman Pedro interjected.
“Imperium made is not the issue here sir, its when…” Sharps continued to grumble but as usual, no one seemed to pay him no mind.
“Details…details…it’s all included, Right Pedro?” Beowulf said
“Sure all included in the price, if you gentleman buy today” Pedro said.
Beowulf begin to hum the Imperial National anthem than he would suddenly brake in with?
“It will be fun” Hmmmm hum hum "We will get rich!? Hmmmm hmmmm HHHmm
He now was making it more dramatic than ever? Hum HUM HUM ?What could go wrong?? DON DON DADON! moving his hands very dramatic out and in manner as if he was orchestrating.
Knowing his level of anxiety would only get worse from this point on, he maneuvered his way toward his brother putting his arm around his shoulder to signal his reluctant approval but more precisely tapped the oxygen intake respirator of Beowulf’s pressure suit to the off position while he continued to sing. The desired effect, though delayed, was a harmless outer space prank they pulled on each other a thousand times before.
“YEA, that’s the spirit! But we have to what till our other partner gets here.” Beowulf said turning to Pedro.
A red alarm LED showed that he was out of oxygen…“What the F…” his words trailed off do to the lack of Oxygen! He immediately reach for the value that control input.
“Another partner?? Pedro asked, seeing the sale slowly slip away…
The valve turn to the on position and the fresh Oxygen filled the suit.
DING a small ring came over the radio.
" Verble just landed." Beowulf said
“Sweet, maybe he can talk some since into ya!” Sharps said with a grin.
Meantime and still in MOJO Brother’s Junkyard Office, Sharps waited until Verble had exited and then turned his burning attention onto Pedro, the scum-sucking informant extraordinaire, who he previously had met a few years back as a police inspector. Apparently Pedro didn’t recognize him or maybe the shear fact that he had been arrested so many times and he didn’t give a shit. Whichever was the case, Sharps did and he wanted to let him know….and know he did standing over Pedro’s meager looking desk with both his fist pressed knuckles straight down.
“Pedro Marco, aka Pedro the Narc. How are you my friend? I see you have change your ways from selling illegal narcotics info into selling MOJO scraps or is this just a front for who you really are? Don’t smirk at me with those fake pearly whites as if you don’t know me. I may not be in law enforcement anymore, but I still have connections to make your life a living hell!”
After a brief but lucrative private minute or so with Pedro the Narc, Sharps headed out in search of Verbs and Beo. He accessed his private PDA in search of some information about a variety of topics including the location of his securely stored weaponry from his past. It would appear with the current situation pending with ‘Nicky the Knife’, that things could really get messy.
Come to think of it, things were always messy when following his older brother. He shrugged as if there is nothing unfamiliar or new about that so….
“Why the hell not, retirement had been good to him thus far. I am really looking forward to outwitting the witticism of the current crime world once again.”
Beowulf: “Sharps I called some more family…haven’t heard from them yet still waiting…”
Verble turns to Beowulf hand hands him a bag " I brought your service pistol figured it might come in handy. It’s not much but the rest of your guns would have been a little big to smuggle onto the flight. Since I don’t have a gun I will carry the credits so you guys are free to shoot someone trying to get at me/the money"
“Thanks” Beowulf takes pistol and stores it in a side pocket…
Beowulf: “hey Sharps, we might need some protection, you know guns or something…I mean, I don’t think this Nicky guy will mess with us before we are LATE on a payment but I think we might need some protection when we walk out of that place with 18M credits.”
Looking around for his brother…
“Sharps, you’re in charge of getting us some kind of protection; clubs, knifes, guns…whatever and some type of transportation from Nicky’s to the BANK.”
Verble laughs at Beowulf" This is turning into a real job ehh Beowulf"? Not to be a downer but I was looking over the current rates for shipping we have a problem. Depending on the length we have to travel it looks like we are going to make between 45 and 60 k per day, keep in mind that is a perfect world with nothing happening. That doesn’t cover our interest per week. Now that is also not counting say 2 shipments to the same place. So that being said if we can find another shipping company that needs a delivery to the same system we will be able to make a little profit. We can also…………. transport say items/cargo that are not on the up and up to mix in with a normal shipment to make up for the profit but we risk allot more then. As far as the current cargo goes i checked the cargo company and asked them to send us the shipping order of the last haul that the Venture made so we can see if the customer is still interested in delivery, hopefully we will get the shipping order soon. If not maybe we can go to the Market and try and get an idea of what we can get for the load"
Sharps steps outside…
Verble to family comm.’s" Hey just thought about something they said the last people who owned the Venture got it reposed so the cargo of maxi clean and shower caps was probably their finally deliver. We might want to find out where this was supposed to be delivered. The destination could have been lunar station and maybe the ship got repossessed before they delivered it"
Verble meets up with Beowulf and is ready to go meet Nick.
Verble says to family coms "Fellas I am not trying to back out of this however if everything goes as expected(when does that happen) by the time the ship is ready we will be 250k negative cash flow and no pilot certificate to fly the ship and no cash to buy a shipment. Just a few thoughts one we do have merchandise on board the cleaning supplies and what not no sense having it sit there and be in the way, we could try and find a buyer. Also if we need some quick cash I am sure nick could arrange some Temporary work for us or if you want to stay legit we could work security on a merchant ship while Beowulf is getting ship ready. Or we could just rob someone you know me down for whatever just saying.
Beowulf: “Sharps, I just got a read out of Sharps Secure Weapon Locker Cache, HOLY Crap…I have some old shot guns and stuff. Most of these are illegal on lunar station, because first do to gravity you can shoot 5 to 10 miles no friction or air resistance! I think it’s Awesome! In fact if the crap hits the fan…we will be able to push our way out like bulldozer running over marshmallows! Shot guns and low caliber weapon with 1/2 loads is legal if you have a License…I don’t suppose we have a License by any chance?
What about a vehicle? I was thinking about something on the ground…mostly cause our piloting skills are minimal, but our driving skills are better than most. Some type of ATV and we should buy not rent because I think we could use it in the future on the ship.
“Sharps, I will leave it up to you but here is kind of what I was thinking…they are available here on Luna. But it’s totally up to you…”
Verbal: " Hey just thought about something they said the last people who owned the Venture, got it reposed, so the cargo of maxi clean and shower caps was probably their finally deliver. We might want to find out where this was supposed to be delivered. The destination could have been lunar station and maybe the ship got repossessed before they delivered it"
Sharps responds with enthusiasm and much relief after reviewing the financial ins and outs of this business venture. “That is a fantastic idea Verbs, damn I was really sweating out the details of this commitment.”
Beowulf: “yea…try to makes some calls…I pulled up the manifest and it was supposed to be delivered to Mars station…but that was two weeks ago, who knows if the buyer still wants or needs it…here is the name of the buyer on mars station. Looking it up now…”
Beowulf looks up the manifest for the ship…"According to the manifest there were like 90 metric tons of Maxi Clean…Verbs can you call the guy at mars station…wait a minute, how are we supposed to get this stuff to him, I mean this stuff was supposed to be there two weeks ago and our ship is dry dock for six weeks or so…maybe he can wait for us to bring it, if the price is right…the original price was 3K per ton…Verble just call this Guy make the DEAL…I forwarded his number to you. "
Verble on family coms “Should we contact My Humphries he might be interested?”
Beowulf: “The sooner the better…”
Verbal Calls Mr. Humphries office on his PDA….after many minutes on hold he finally reaches him" Hello sir my partners and I just acquired the Venture a shipping Freighter which we are currently remodeling. Once the paperwork was signed we looked in the cargo hold and noticed you had a shipment that was supposed to be delivered to you, 90 tons of maxi clean. Before we sell to our buyer we thought it only fair to offer it to you since you might still need it. Our freighter is not ready however we will ensure delivery through third parties, payment as usual is due upon delivery. Please include your offer if interested"
On FamCom: “I sent the message. Keep in mind this is not a normal delivery we are trying to make. Mojo messed up when they put in the purchase paperwork that everything in it was now ours. We own this stuff and our profit will come from selling it we can hire someone to transport it for us, we will ensure it makes it there take a few day trip there and back. Poor mojo station probably just lost any commission they made I am sure who ever owned the cargo to be delivered to MR Humphries will go after Mojo station when they find out they sold their products to us."
Verbal, he PDA rings out almost immediately, he reads the message
‘Dear Sir, I am very interested in the cargo in question, with all the mining going here on Mars, we don’t ever seem to have TOO much of the Maxi Clean. I would be willing to pay 2K per ton…I know that is lower than original quote but we had to buy from someone else after that cargo didn’t show up. But would be happy to get that here whenever you can get it. Thank you for connecting me and see you when you get here.’
Verbal sends a message to Mr. Humphries:
“Thank you Mr. Humphries for your offer, I needed a good laugh after the day I have had. The street value is 4.5k per ton I can sell that here and not have to move it anywhere, the cost to move it is 3k per ton. We will sell it to you for 4k per ton and you can arrange for it to be picked up, that’s 20 percent off of street Value. Or we will sell it and deliver it for 7k per ton that’s 20 percent off Sale cost and the average delivery cost."
~ Ding ~
“oh…I am sorry, I misunderstood. I thought you needed to drop it off…I can buy it from the maker for 3K per ton and have it he shipped here for 3K for a grand total of 6K…my cost…I would like to take if off your hands for let’s say at the whole sale price 6K that is fair I think…what say you?”
Verbal to Humphries:
“Sound good will send contract and delivery dates to your address on Mars station”
Mr. Hump to Verble: “sounds good, nice doing business with you and will see you on Mars station when your ship is ready.”
Verble on family Communications." As soon as sharps gets here with the transportation lets set it up and get this done making me nervous thinking about it."
Beowulf: “Me Too…”
Beowulf gets a call from repair depot:
“this is pang from the repair facility…I got those quotes for you…we can have the bird flying in 2 weeks but you won’t have jump drives…that will take 4 weeks to fix. You said that you might want to get some cash flow with short runs. The total to get you to that point is 1.7M the rest will be with hyper drive and engine. 2.3M can be paid when you want the jump drive to work.”
“That’s great pang I appreciate you calling me back. We will have the ship in the shop by this afternoon…I hope. Hey thanks again for the info.”
“No problem, we look forward to working with you and your ship in the future. Good bye”
“hey I might have a temporary fix for a negative cash flow…” Beowulf says over an open channel. He then relays his idea to them.
Beowulf smiles…maybe this dumbass idea will actually work.
Pedro steps outside…“well gentleman looks like you bought a ship, but remember you can’t take possession until the bank transfers the credit to our account…Thank you again and good day…remember have that junk off our lot by the end of the day…or else as per contract its MOJO’s”
Beowulf was extremely tired and the weight of this project was beginning to weight him down…way down…
Nicky wants 2% a week…interest…360K credit a week until we pay off the loan…it will take 6 weeks to repair so…so that means by the time we start we will owe 2.16M more…maybe the loan shark was not a good idea!
Beowulf “Hey if you guys know a way we can get 18M credits I am all ears…I mean getting thrown out an airlock doesn’t sound as fun now as it did weeks couple weeks ago. I guess I didn’t really think this through…if you guys want to bail that would be understandable.”
Beowulf sits down on a bench exhausted…yea he was tired, but he had to get through all this so we can get the ship off the ground. He talked to the repair depot, they said approx. six weeks and 4M credits, they know the ship it just went through a evaluation to see what it will take to get it up and running, I met the guy a month ago at the bar, that’s how I knew what ship to buy and when…luck I guess. He told me it would only take about 4m credits to get it going…so why scrap it. The MOJO brothers had reposed it, three times…they had no intention of scrapping this heap. They pull the good parts, let it sit in the yard for a month or so and sell it to some suckers…the suckers have to rebuy the parts they just pulled off…they use the ship making 6 months of payments, miss a payment and MOJO reposes it back and it starts all over again and they would have done it again. He threw them a curve with the calling the cops’ bluff, the last thing that the MOJO brother need is an imperial inspector to be nosing around their operation.
Except Beowulf got outside money, not from a good source mind you and they would probably be on the wrong end of an airlock, but it is what it is.
Beowulf switches to family channel: “Hey I think we all need to go to the pick up the money…I am not going to lie, I am a little nervous. I don’t think they would actually hurt us not until were late with a payment. But carrying 18m credit around is a little crazy! But Nicky said he would pay in cash. We are responsible to get it to the bank.”
Beowulf was wondering what was taking Sharps so long…