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Post by Princess Holly on Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:34 pm

Evangeline smiled, it would be nice to have someone else besides just the two of them. She hoped the girl would take her up on her offer. As they neared the hangar, Evangeline realized she should probably give the girl some background. "This is just one of the hangars on base. Since one of our mottoes is to always be prepared, we basically have every ship ever created. In total we have a trillion, even. But you won't find all of them here, the base doesn't have enough space allocated for all of them. Many are being used and others are stored in facilities throughout the universe. I really mean we have everything. We have freighter ships to fighter jets, Scout explorers, diplomatic vessels, stealth cruisers, and anything else you can think of. We're taking an old armed private vessel to a Carion luxury cruiser that is on route to our destination. We will be boarding it as passengers for the sake of not arousing suspicion."

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:58 pm

Navira nodded, filing the information away for future use. "Will we be piloting the ship ourselves?" she asked, even though she had a pretty good idea of the plan. They were probably going to be taken there by a professional agency pilot so the ship wouldn't be left there on its own for a while. It was for optimization of fuel, but it didn't alleviate the sad feeling. Another missed opportunity to fly a real ship for the first time.

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Post by Princess Holly on Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:06 pm

"Of course not, we'll be changing into some civvies on the ship and reading the files." Evangeline said and took out her key card. She swiped it, typed in the password, and used the hand scanner. The hangar was locked in the case a prisoner was going to use a ship to escape. The door opened and Evangeline stepped aside to let the girl enter first.

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:19 pm

Navira stepped into the hangar. She was immediately impressed by its expanse. The ceiling was forty feet high, made that way to accommodate the larger shipping vessels. The room itself was made of a brushed alloy metal, colored dark to make any scorches made from engine expulsion from careless takeoffs or landings. Walkways were clearly marked with blue lights on either side, the flight safe areas marked with green. Pure white light illuminated the room from the ceiling and occasional wall fixtures to ensure adequate lighting everywhere. The ships were in groups around the room based on type, then planet of origin, then year of creation. There were cutting edge ships alongside those that would be considered clunkers that could barely escape the gravitational pull of the average exoplanet. Workers surrounded some of the ships, performing anything from average maintenance checks to full-scale repairs to ships that had obviously been under heavy fire.

The newer agent's pace slowed as she took it all in. She had never seen so many ships in one place before. It was an impressive chamber to say the least. She smiled faintly as she looked around at it all. "That's a System 12 Mark 4 fighter ship," she muttered to herself, looking at a shiny chrome-coated one. "Fastest of its kind ever made." She couldn't help but fully grin at that point.

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Post by Princess Holly on Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:33 pm

Evangeline grinned as she watched the girl's eyes slowly widen and her jaw drop. Then she grabbed the girl's shoulder's and squeezed. "I knew you would like it. This is just one of the hangars on base. Come on we got to go to our lemon." She said and guided her to an old ship towards the front. It was rather small, obviously only two rooms, the cockpit and passenger spaces. The color may have been a shiny beige but the grime made it seem darker and more opaque. It would do though, it looked average enough. Not too nice but still something two citizens trying to save a buck, would take. A real let down when compared to a few of the other ships present. The luxury cruiser would make up for that.

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:36 pm

Navira sighed when she saw the ship they would be taking. It was old, grungy, and looked like it was going to fall apart. She tried to hide her disappointment by reminding herself it was what they needed for the mission. "Can I come back later to try flying some of these?" she asked quietly, sneaking another glance at the chrome fighter ship.

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Post by Princess Holly on Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:46 pm

Evangeline thought about that. She wasn't really in charge of her, but she also was. Her old mentor would never have allowed it, but look at how Robin and her turned out. They were not the model agents for the Going by the Book magazine. Really all she could say was. "Maybe"

The door of the ship opened and the ramp slid to the ground. A man walked out from behind the wall and stood in the opening. "I'm Geoff and I'll be your pilot. Your new civilian jackets and files are on the table. We will be setting off in the next three minutes." He said, and Evangeline had a hard time placing his species. She wondered if he was a mutt. He had long fingers and gills but no fins that she could see. His skin looked about the same color as the ship and his eyes had a yellow tint to them but his teeth were bright white.

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:54 pm

Navira nodded at Geoff, trying to discern which aquatic race he hailed from. He was part human, she could tell that much, but there were six known amphibious and aquatic races in the Empire. It was narrowed down to a handful of systems that she knew of. She wrenched her thoughts out of the tangent and smiled slightly, trying to be friendly. "Thank you," she said quietly, stepping onto the ramp.

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Post by Princess Holly on Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:03 pm

Evangeline nodded thanks and watched him leave. Then she walked up the ramp. Once inside she found her new jacket and began replacing it. Evangeline took her uniform and placed it in her bag. The storage was underneath the seats, so she undid the latches on one of them and pushed the seat up. Then she placed her bag inside and redid the latches.

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:13 pm

Navira walked onto the ship and did the same. She was pleased to see her civilian jacket wasn't entirely plain: a deep subdued purple that complimented her hair and skin. She could feel the cheapness of the fabric compared to the agency issued jacket, though. She folded it and watched Evangeline stow her bag away, learning how it worked so she didn't look like a fumbling idiot. She stowed her bag in another compartment and removed the whip from her belt, wondering what to do with it. After thinking for a moment she removed the jacket again and threaded it through the sleeves-in one and out the other-before putting the jacket back on. It sagged enough in the middle to make sure it all fit in, with the handle still within reach. Metal detectors had since been retired, due to the increasing number of robotic limb replacements for any myriad of reasons, so she was safe for the most part. Civilians weren't allowed to carry weapons of that caliber. It would've been a dead giveaway to a trained criminal eye that they weren't civilians.

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Post by Princess Holly on Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:14 pm

Evangeline rolled her eyes when she realized she had forgotten the files. She undid the latches once again and placed them under the seats. They would go over them later when they had more time.
She redid the latches and sat down quickly buckling herself in. Once she was ready it was about another minute before they took off. Evangeline placed her hands in her lap and took steadying breaths. She only enjoyed flight when she was flying and it was an aerial fight that could distract her.
The ship shuddered for a second and then began to pick up pace as it entered the chute. Then there was a roar as they left the artificial atmosphere and gravity. Across from her, above the girl's head, was a small window about three inches high and nine long. Through it, she could see the stars whizzing past as their speed steadily increased. Evangeline closed her eyes and tried to meditate.


~Chapter End~

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Wed Jun 10, 2015 11:30 am

Chapter 2

The flight to the departure point was uneventful for the most part. It wasn't fast, but despite the ship's shaky appearance it did its job well. When they landed the two agents picked up their bag and disembarked. The docking station was nice enough, but the ship itself was brand new. The exterior was white with shiny metallic detailing and a lit company logo. It had twin ion thrusters, the latest in starship propulsion technology. The agency really did pull out all the stops for that one, based on the outside appearance alone.

The interior of the ship was that much more impressive. There was a central lounge room, big enough to accommodate a large group of people. It was a circular room with a metal tree as a centerpiece. It was bare, but shone with a soft white light. It was surrounded by a circle of white plush benches. The walls were fitted with glass panels that glowed in ever-shifting rainbow colors, casting a comforting glow in addition to the tree. Around the room were low tables surrounded by cushions for sitting on, in the oriental style of Earth. The floor itself was made of glossy tile colored soft gray, to provide a safe walking surface for any sentient intelligent race that would happen to use the vessel. Hallways branched off around the room at even intervals, like spokes on a wheel, heading to various locations-rooms, recreation areas, lifts going to other floors of the vessel, and the dining hall. It was definitely a luxury ship.

Navira gazed at the room in wonder. "Wow," she exhaled quietly, mesmerized by it all. She knew they were supposed to be acting like somewhat poor civilians, but her reaction wasn't acting. It simply fit the bill. "This is amazing," she said, running a hand over the top of a velvet chair.

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Post by Princess Holly on Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:13 pm

There were a few other guests lounging about the lounge area, but none of them paid her and the girl any mind. They just kept about their business. Evangeline could tell that two were officials, three were richer folk, four were employees, and one was a guard. One of the employees stepped forward. She was an older woman but not old, her eyes were slightly larger, mouth smaller, flat nose, yellow green skin, and navy micro braided hair. "I'm Sefi and I'll be taking you two to your room. This way." Sefi said and began to guide them towards one of the hallways that would take them to the elevators.
"She sure seems chipper" Evangeline said, referring to the woman's serious attitude. The ship was really nice, the best HQ could offer. Evangeline liked the tree the best. It reminded her of some of the fake decorative plants that covered her home planet. They were very tech and duty focused but there was some frivolous decoration for the children. "This is as good as it gets for us. Don't expect it all of the time. As good as this is, we also get the opposite from time to time."

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:23 pm

Navira followed Sefi, walking beside her partner. She nodded as Evangeline spoke, making sure she would remember that. Even so she couldn't help but enjoy the opulence. She was never exposed to much luxury while growing up. They were a rather minimalist culture; jewels were body parts and held very little value to them, and precious metals became technological resources. They valued the beauty of trees, but Navira had always yearned to experience what luxuries the galaxy had to offer. She didn't speak aloud, afraid of unsettling the guide, so she signed, "Don't care. This is the best, just for a little while." After that she smiled.

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Post by Princess Holly on Sun May 15, 2016 9:09 pm

"When we arrive at the room, we should hide all of the complementary utilities and gifts so that we can receive more." Eva said and began to recount one of her missions. "Once we traveled secretly in the back of a truck through a blizzard for days. I've slept in abandoned buildings before too. But I have been the guest in a palace, that was probably the best sleep I've ever had." She told Navi and would have continued listing all of the strange places she has stayed but they had arrived to their room.
"Dining times last two hours and start at 7am, 12pm, and 5pm but you may order after those times. There will be additional charges for food ordered after dining hours. The lock has been programmed with your biometrics so only you or staff may enter. You may call at any time if you have any questions." Sefi explained and left to go help someone else.

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Post by inventiveAdventurer on Sun May 15, 2016 10:06 pm

Navira struggled to hold back a snicker at Eva's suggestion. But the rest of her story did make sense, the more they could pilfer and stockpile from complimentary supplies, the better. Once their attendant left Navi took in the room. They had a spacious circular living area with navy monochrome patterned carpet that felt plushy and soft. The walls were pale grey and studded with orbs that gave off a pleasant white glow. There was a table on one wall with voice command labels listed out on it. One of the commands implied that a viewing screen could appear on a wall, displaying a variety of scenery or programs to watch. The two beds opposite the table were covered in white comforters, embroidered with silk to create a variety of subtle and beautiful patterns centered around the liner's company logo. So many pillows mounded at the headboard that promised comfort. A closed door most likely led to the bathroom.

Navi looked at it for a moment and smiled, quickly picking a bed to flop down on. The cloth felt so soft and smooth, and she closed her eyes. This really was the lap of luxury, and she wanted to savor it.

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Post by Princess Holly on Sun May 15, 2016 10:37 pm

Navi went straight for the entertainment controls and activated the settings for those who can't speak. Then she logged onto her account and found her playlist. There was a moment of hesitation before she played it. She glanced at Navi who was relaxing, before turning the volume to full blast and waiting for the fallout.

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