CHAPTER ONE: THE RIGHT KIND OF PILOT
The Titan ship Thea was going where she wanted, which at the moment was fine as far as Saniya was concerned. As long as she was away from any Terradyne officials she was happy.
Sitting back in the seat, not the pilot's seat, the ship hadn't said she couldn't sit there but Saniya got the impression that Thea would be much happier to have a pilot of her own choosing. That was one of the weird things, she wasn't alone on the ship even though she was the only one on board. The AI system on board Titans were first class and Saniya didn't feel like she was talking to a computer, but a real person. Perhaps it had to do with the fact the ship itself was partly organic. It was the best of science as far as Saniya could tell. It was wrong that they'd been outlawed!
There were a lot of things wrong these days though. Saniya thought back on the events that had unfolded recently. She had gotten a communicade from Carla that Alonso was seen stopped by two black-suits and escorted into a land cruiser. No one had seen a report about him getting arrested or anything on the news links. He was the type of guy that wouldn't even spit on the side walk. It wasn't surprising though. This was not the first of her friends to be picked up by officials and things had at this point stopped being odd or coincidental. Saniya tried to warn Carla to just lay low for a while till some news came out about Alonso, but either Carla didn't listen or she was already on the list or whatever. A week later Carla didn't show up for a dinner.
The thing that linked all the people she knew that disappeared was their outspokenness about their disdain with Terradyne Federation's latest treaties and laws. They spoke of Genesis Coalition as a positive thing despite the growing number of reports relating to Genesis as a terrorist organization. Saniya wasn't outspoken, but she knew what was right and what was wrong and knew that guilt by association was going to take affect if it hadn't already.
As Saniya read the star chart on Thea's screen, she started to wonder if the ship knew where it was going. It didn't seem like there was much out here. Granted there wasn't much a Carlik Station where she found the ship.
In secret Saniya had packed her bags. Despite still living with her parents, her father was almost never home and wouldn't notice any change in her behavior and her mother had been distant and cold in regards to her since she was a teen.
Knowing that she likely had people that were watching her movements, Saniya took the chance and went out to the old station on the other side of the planet. Not many people came out there anymore, but if she was going to find someone to help her, or let her help them, she figured that somewhere that was fancy wasn't a good idea.
It was depressing in fact looking at the ships in dock. Out of a mixture of boredom and curiosity she walked along and looked at the ships trying to bring to mind what types they were. Some were obvious and some she wasn't familiar with. Normally she thought one ship was much like another.
Then she saw a ship unlike any other. She walked up closer to it and touched it. It wasn't cold like she expected. It was metal, but also something else. Already she was curious, so when a door opened a few feet away from her she only hesitated a split second before walking in.
Saniya didn't want to linger on what she saw, the corpse of the last pilot who the ship couldn't keep alive before they landed, the mess in the hydropods where the food was suppose to be produced. She made a deal with the ship though, after the shock of finding out what kind of ship she was on. She'd clean up the ship and see that the pilot was sent into space. In return the ship would take her off planet.
It worried Saniya she didn't have any idea where she wanted to go yet, but the ship seemed to have her own idea of what to do. Now she was at the mercy of the ships whim and Saniya wondered if she should have taken her chances trying to make a contact at the station instead of taking off.
There was an odd tone coming from the ship. Communication coming through. Audio only.
"Illegal Titan ship, reduce your speed and prepare to be boarded."
Saniya sat up straight. Terradyne Galactic Officer? It had to be. "Thea, can you out run their cruiser."
Yes. But at the same time Saniya noticed they were in deed slowing down.
"Why aren't we making a run for it?"
Because he might be the right kind of pilot.[/dash]