The day began brightly enough, with the Nightingale and her crew settling down on Hera at Serenity View, the space-port town that sat across form the most sacred sight in all the ’verse: Serenity Valley, where more than half a million souls departed this world during the bloodiest battle during the War of Unification.
The Nightingale had arrived a couple days later than planned which cost them. With the payment she did receive, Captain Prudence was able to collect payment from the cargo she delivered, which about broke her even on the trip.
On board with the good Captain, were a few other fine individuals:
Alicera Sam – cute, perky mechanic who knew her way around engines.
Burk Burk, or Big Burk, or Heavy B, or BB – depending on who you asked, a brute of a man with a fixation on that made loud noises and put holes in people.
Leonid Krikoff – another big brute of a man, who had a way with fixing people that wasn’t quite the norm, though the captain seemed to have faith in him.
Eugene ‘Rocket’ Tremblay – A hell of a pilot whose best-friend seemed to be the bottom of a liquor bottle – and all the distance between it and the top.
Offloading the cargo, the pilot took a look at the ‘local news’ on the Cortex, and was pleased to see a local church group was holding a ‘free chili cookout’, with fresh food, fruits, vegetables, and whatnot. The captain was so struck by this, she decided to go there first, enjoy some real sun, fresh air, and real food. Anything was better than more protein paste!
The crew locked up Nightingale nice and tight and then headed to the cook-out, to find the place was thick with others looking for free food, as well. Once most folks got situated, a reverend rose to his feet, gave quite the moving sermon, then said grace.
Heavy B didn’t stay long – grabbing two plates of food (lunch – plus dessert, maybe?) and headed out to look for some ‘lady-flesh’ – which he found. At lunch-time, his choice of ladies wasn’t that great, but for the bargain price of 10 credits each, Burk grabbed himself a pair of willing ladies for the afternoon, to help ‘work off’ some of that grub he had put down.
Meanwhile back at the chili-social, the good reverend tended to his flock, and greeted plenty of newcomers as if they were his best friends. He eventually came to the captain, and through a little conversin’, learned that she was indeed the captain of a capable ship, and that the ship was bound to depart sooner rather than later. The reverend expressed a desire to be on that ship, and after some discussion he was invited aboard. Afterall, the chili was proof that the man could cook!
After eating and listening to the goings-on for a bit, Leonid eventually departed the area, seeking a watering-hole where he might wet his whistle. After searching a bit, instead he found BB, and began to follow him, and sure enough BB led him right to a saloon. BB made a bee-line for the bar, and upon entering, Leonid went up to stand next to him, ordering a drink. BB paid for a couple of bottles that they then took turns drinking from, becoming fast drinking friends. After awhile, they departed, arms crossed over each other’s shoulders, making their way back to the spaceport.
Back at the chili-social, Alicera decided that even though she was hungry, she MIGHT need some of this awesome fresh fruit for later. With a sleight of hand that was truly impressive, she pocketed a banana and an orange, as precious as they were. She then innocently made her way back to the ship, stashing her treasures somewhere no one else would find them. Then, she set herself a chair on the end of the loading-ramp, watching the passersby with a keen eye. Maybe she’d be able to drum up some business and impress the captain?
Their deal made, the captain and the pilot bid farewell to the preacher-man, and returned to the spaceport to look for work. Work – and passengers – came about quickly, in various ways.
A fine, beautiful woman named Louise Boyd introduced herself to Gideon, the preacher, and through a short bit of talking Gideon learned she was destined to travel the stars to become one, and he heartily recommended she give a visit to Nightingale and her crew. The woman agreed, and waited for Gideon to finish his work so that he might guide her to the ship himself. He was a little flustered by this, of course, being shy around the fairer sex as he was.
A couple approached Alicera as she sat on the edge of the loading ramp, Mr. and Mrs. Selma and Jesse Woodward. Alicera didn’t know where the ship was headed yet, but she urged the pair to check with her captain when she returned. Alicera was so sweet, Selma promised to do just that as her and her husband departed for a bit to get a drink, then returned when the captain did.
The captain and the pilot’s search had not gone in vain, either. Two shipments to Greenleaf were accepted, as well as another pair of passeners: someone seemingly of nobility; Sir Basil Protheroe, and his retainer, Mr. Andrew Lin.
The captain worked out the fare for all the passengers and their cargoes, and declared that the ship would be departing the next morning. The passengers began to arrive and speak to the captain if they hadn’t already, then boarded the ship. By this time, Leonid and BB had returned, and each watched as Ms. Boyd arrived. BB agreed to show her to her berth immediately, ditching the unloading of Mr. and Mrs. Woodward’s belongings in the process. Leonid and Eugene decided to do it instead, packing their goods onto the ship in a protective manner.
The other cargo bound for Greenleaf arrived, and was similarly packed onto the ship. After that, yet another person arrived, Ms. Emily Bates, who seemed eager for passage anywhere that would bring her closer to her family. While they weren’t on Greenleaf, going to Greenleaf would certain get her closer to her family, and she was fine with that. Ms. Bates seemed
quite taken with Leonid, who was flexing and being quite handsome-like while helping the pilot secure the cargo.
Gideon departed the ship to bid farewell to some of his favorite flock-members, and in the process was inundated with food donations – some of the canned-variety, and some of the fresh-produce variety. This will undoubtedly make him a Big Damn Hero many nights during the trip when the peolpe on board are eating fresh foods instead of protein-paste.
Afterwards, ‘Rocket’ and the Captain went to the ‘seedy’ part of Serenity View, and met someone that was a distant relation of Rocket. After some cheap-drinks and a bit of talk (and a tiny bit of flirting between him and the good captain), the fellow asked Rocket to deliver something for him to someone on Greenleaf. Rocket and the Captain readily accepted, for the paying price was too good to pass up.
The ship’s living arrangements look something like this:
1- Andrew Lin
2- Sir Basil Protheroe
3- Louise Boyd
4- Selma and Jesse Woodward
Due to room constraints, Ms. Bates was offered a couch on one of the shuttles.
1- Captain Prudence and Alicera (one of the double rooms)
5- Empty? (Double room?)
Leonid has agreed to stay in the med-lab.