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The Plock Endeavor


Andem
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Chapter 1: In Space, No One Can Here You Scream…

 

                Bob was screaming. No one heard him of course, he was drowned out by the giddy laughter of Val and Jeb. They freaked him out sometimes. He squirmed in his seat, almost trying to escape the claustrophobic seat. He was strapped in, but not tightly. He was shaking too much to pull tightly before launch. Bill looked over to him and put his finger over his mouth. Shhh... Bob started to relax a little. Jeb and Val fell silent. Bill and Bob perked up. Now, this was an occurrence. “KSC?” Bob began to tremble. No one was smiling anymore. When Jeb and Val weren’t smiling, that was terrifying. Mission control gave no response. That was unlike Gene. “KSC, please respond…” Nothing. Jeb adjusted the radio signal to the KSC2. It had been abandoned years ago, but the old tracking station was still operational in case of malfunction at KSC Prime. “KSC, this is the Alternis capsule, please come in.” Static. Val looked back on Bill. He looked at his console. “Nothing Val. Nothing on our end.” Val sighed. Jeb put down the com controls. “We need to make our transfer burn in the next three minutes, if we don’t, we lose our Plock encounter.” Bob shuddered at the thought. He looked up. “Jeb, how long specifically until the burn?”

“2 minutes, 37 seconds and counting.” Bob unstrapped himself. “What are you doing,” asked Bill. “I’m checking my experiments,” replied Bob.

“Not so close to the manuever, you aren’t”

“There are seats in the lab, I’ll strap in.” Bill grabbed at the hatch, and pulled himself into the science lab.he loked on the mystery goo. It was moving, as if probing for a way to escape the sealed pod that contained it. Bob took no notice, blaming the strange motion on the Gravioli detector nearby, even though Bob new all well that that wasn’t how the detector worked. “Strap in!” It took Bob a second to recognize Jeb’s voice and acknowledge what to do next. A second too long…

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