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Unless you’re the superstitious sort, you know I lived. But superstition is a symptom of a hyperactive survival instinct, which will serve you well out here in deep space…wherever we are. I won’t hold it against you.
I can’t tell you if the station worked as intended. I can tell you that most of my struggling with the clamps was far too late — we were probably clear of the solar system and still accelerating while we were being assaulted by that vibration. I’ve gone +c between stars since then with just the pod damper, and the stop at the end gives me that same awful feeling, a half second of non-existence, every single time.
I may not know exactly where I am, but I am extremely lucky to be alive. No matter that I might die sucking vacuum; life is a gift. +c travel changes you.
I’ve written this as an introduction, because maybe we won, and maybe somebody will come looking for us, and find this. But probably not. Probably you’re just another welder like me, or an excavator or an engineer, who didn’t have the misfortune of bouncing off a planet on the way in.
With that in mind, I’d better skip ahead to the news.
I’ve found another pod with a human inside. I had to kickstart it (the trajectory backtrack looks like it went *through* a star), but everything held up and my new friend Angie came through okay. I expect we’ll probably find others. These pods are insanely tough; I know I’ve put mine through hell already.
I’ll leave these survey beacons for people to find, and maybe we’ll arrange a meetup somewhere. I’ve left space at the bottom; say hello.
Also, we’ve been talking, Angie and I, and what always comes up is this: If we survived, maybe the station did, too. If anybody should happen to come across it, we’d sure like to know.
Good luck and be safe,
cool story bro, is she hot?
There have been three humans at this beacon before me (assuming Angie is not some lonely man’s delusional fantasy), and none of you have said where you are headed. Therefore, you are all idiots.
No sign of the station. Its construction is unlike our pods. It’s unlikely it would have survived.
There’s a pulsar about 120 LY ++X,-Y,+Z from here. High radiation will put you back in safe mode so watch yourself. I won’t be back to rescue you. I’ve dropped a (much less verbose) beacon at a safe distance.
I’m going coreward. Prefer G class stars.
more loot at F-class stars & up
but ill hit up any Gs I see
And now I know where Ariel went. ;}