With the students gone, Teacher waved Mentor, Marr, and Luna into the seats in the circle.
With everyone seated, she spoke.
“There will be a time when we will sit here together and talk of the events that were set in motion today. We will talk about how no one else will need to suffer what I have suffered, to have their implants removed and be free of the Observers constant monitoring. Now is not that time.”
With that the Teacher nodded and rose. She walked over to the door. They all watched her approach the door.
At the door, she turned and spoke as she shifted her gaze between Marr and Luna, “Come visit me tomorrow, before you leave.”
Mentor smiled as the door closed behind the Teacher.
“The ego is strong in that one. She can’t stop herself hinting that she knows more than everyone else,” Mentor shared as Marr and Luna tried to take stock of what was going on.
“What does she mean, before we leave?” Luna asked.
“The day after tomorrow, you embark on a new adventure,” Mentor replied.
“It’s happening?” Marr exclaimed excitedly. “Yes, Marr, it’s time to use the training. This evening, you will interview for crew roles on an intergalactic hauler. It will be arranged such that you will get those placements. The rig will arrive and load on the day after tomorrow,” Mentor shared.
Luna stared. Her mouth hanging open.
“A Rig? What? Space? What? And, what do you mean, training?” Luna demanded.
“You both are highly skilled technicians, warriors and covert operators. What further training would you need?” Mentor replied.
“But I have no experience in space or using the systems on those rigs?” said Luna.
“Luna, you are applying for a role as an apprentice. You will be trained on the job into everything you need to know. Marr has been studying the systems used in these rigs for the last 5 years. She will still be on a steep learning curve, however I’ll be there to help with that,” Mentor added.
“You are coming too?” Luna asked in a daze.
“Of course, someone has got to keep an eye on the two of you,” said Mentor with a brief smile, that faded as quickly as it had appeared.
“Details?” Marr asked sensing Mentor’s mood shifting back to the job at hand.
“The interviews will be held just after 9pm at JL’s Sanctuary. Go together. Get there by 8pm. Chat with the publican about finding a rig. He will suggest to you that captains come in all the time. He will tell you to find a quiet corner and wait. Stay alert, but appear relaxed. All conversations must be on record, so bracelets off,” Mentor replied
Luna was still staring. Half in shock.
Marr listened intently.
“When directed, go over and meet the captain. Share your work history. Tell him you are looking for a new adventure, and that you are hardworking and obedient. Leave it with him to get back to you. The rest will simply unfold,” Mentor continued.
“I will be there too. As always, we don’t let on that we know each other. The day after tomorrow, that will change. Once on board the rig, we will interact as if meeting for the first time and getting to know each other,” Mentor added.
“That will be fun,” Luna added sheepishly.
“Are we clear?” concluded Mentor, ignoring Luna’s input, and finishing the sentence in a manner that indicated there wasn’t anything else to share.
“Yes, we are clear,” responded Marr.
Luna took the hint and did her best to smile.
Mentor smiled back briefly, before standing up. Marr and Luna watched him leave. They knew from experience he would find his own way back to wherever he was going and they weren’t to follow or ask questions.
Marr and Luna made their way out of the base and back through the offices and hanger. They waited for their designated transport and return to the Citadel.
They had a few hours to kill before they needed to be in JL’s Sanctuary.
(to be continued...in the next chapter)
[Uplift, Double Take, Chapter 4 - Cause and effect (Passage 5 of 5)]
All Rights Reserved. Copyright © 2021 BJ Allen
Chapter 1 - A routine descent
Chapter 2 - Perspective
Chapter 3 - Grounding
Chapter 4 - Cause and effect
Chapter 5 - The first meeting
Chapter 6 - Staying goodbye
Chapter 7- Instability
Chapter 8 - Orientation
(Stay tuned for further chapters)
"Let's go Mentor, we've only got an hour to get everything we need ready for the next 3 weeks. The supplies are in the clearance hold with the load, but we’ve got to get them secure. The passengers will be here shortly and they’ll need briefing. Let's start with your travel lockers. We'll bring them through the nose door and to make light work of it, we'll use the vertical conveyor in the forward ladder shaft," Annee shared as she got up from the table.
"Show the way, and I am not afraid of hard work," replied Mentor as he followed her to the airlock door that lead back to the passenger accommodation.
"Don't worry, I have plenty of hard work in mind to satisfy that need."
"By the look of you, I am pretty sure you can satisfy my needs, bring it on, Annee," Mentor replied in a provocative tone.
Annee laughed briefly saying, “you’d be so lucky, old timer”, and smiled cheekily back at him and the others as she disappeared through the door.
Mentor laughed loudly as he headed into the corridor....
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Nods and smiles all round.
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