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31 Oct

Striving

[Note: this is part of chapter 4.4 that was removed and rewritten. Alternate timeline only. Skip to No Cake Left to continue the real story.] Captain’s log, 13:52, 9 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting Log location: Captain’s Cabin   This is Captain Warwick reporting on the […]

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24 Dec

No cake left

Ship’s log, 16:14, 4 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Cerces wants an avatar. He wants to come with us. The captain is definitely going to kill me. I should get Sara to wake him up. The captain needs to know about this. But what does […]

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01 Jan

From the inside

Captain’s log, 18:24, 5 October 2214  Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting Log location: Captain’s Cabin   This is Captain Warwick reporting after direct contact was achieved between the crew of the Starwalker and the star-born entity known as Cerces. The official wording might be technically correct, but in […]

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14 Jan

Once bitten

Ship’s log, 19:02, 5 October 2214  Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting    Artificial gravity disabled Inertial dampeners offline   That’s three, by my count. Three distinct gravitational fluctuations, each one stronger than the last, each one located in a different part of my structure. I have disabled all […]

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21 Jan

What’s missing

Ship’s log, 20:53, 5 October 2214 Location: Approaching standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Location: Bridge STARRY: Another anomaly, captain. (In the centre of the room, a light blooms in the holographic schematic of the ship, indicating the location of the gravity fluctuation. It is near the bulkhead between […]

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28 Jan

Checked

Ship’s log, 21:44, 5 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Sometimes, things happen so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Even for a ship, used to managing parallel streams of input, processing, and output, it’s stressful when they all seem to compete at the same […]

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04 Feb

Anomalies and strategies

Ship’s log, 22:27, 5 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Location: Cargo Bay 1 (From an open vent high on the cargo bay wall, there is an echo of soft squeaks, followed by a metallic scrabbling sound.)   Location: Engineering (An upper access panel is open. […]

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13 Feb

Touchpoint

Ship’s log, 23:51, 5 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Location: Outer hull (Big Ass pauses in his traverse across the surface of the ship to clip a safety line onto an anchor ring. Turning, he trundles down the curve of the ship’s side, spinning the […]

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18 Feb

Surge

Ship’s log, 00:00, 6 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Warning Warning Power surge detected Systems overloaded Warning   Yes, autolog, I know. I can see all the flashing red warnings painting my insides like I’m bleeding in here. It hurts. I’m a ship and I […]

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25 Feb

Pulse

Ship’s log, 00:11, 6 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Adrift, orbit degrading   Location: Outer hull (The stars tumble around the ship with the large, lightless patch that is the black hole, wheeling around on all three axes. The cargo and contents that were sucked out of […]

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