The Omicron Matter – The Start of a Journey – On the bridge

A new entry in the Omicron Matter – The Start of  Journey. The ships are between jumps. Michael is monitoring the measurements being taken. After many times of this exercise, he has become bored. Apparently so is Felicity.

For those who are new to the Omicron Matter, the book home page is a good place to start.

Author’s note

Who has not been bored on a long journey? Given a couple of spare hours, the newlyweds found something useful to do.  This section is a bit of filler.
The next one will have some interesting plot development.

In writing, I am heading back to basics to make sure I understand why people are doing things. The chapter I am writing currently is on a space station so I figured going back to “character guides” was a good idea.

Thanks for your support and look for more on Wednesday.

Michael – on the bridge

Michael monitored the shuttle as it approached. The monitoring devices indicated there were two people in and that it was lightly loaded.  This was the second stop of the trip.  The star was a F type binary star commonly known as Andromeda. The ships were currently circling a gas giant and refueling.  The atmosphere on the planet, twice the size of Jupiter, but was blue like Neptune because of the high concentrations of methane and hydrogen sulfide.  He recorded the information and logged it his task book.  He got out his sketch book but was uninspired by the tenth massive stormy planet he had seen.

Felicity was on communications and turned to him and asked, “Done with observations?”

Michael said, “Camille and Charles are updating each other on monitoring from the last jump. Simone, Rachael and Jason will review the information later.  Rachael thinks we can boost speed by 10% safely. I just finished my observations of, yet another gas giant in an uninhabitable solar system.” He turned to her and smiled and asked with a bit of a leer, “And you?”

Felicity looked at the ceiling and said, “As you said, Camille and Charles are updating each other and hardly need me. Smith is practicing flight with Carter-Frasier.  Once Rachael returns, she, Jason, and Simone will be tied up in the labs for hours.”

Michael raised his eyebrows and said, “So?”

Felicity unbuckled herself and floated over in the low gravity and whispered in his ear, “Eleanor has agreed to cover communications.” She then floated off towards the cabins.

Michael shook himself and then said in a tight voice, “Charles? Can I deploy a drone to complete observations for say…two orbits?”

Michael heard Charles harrumph and then say, “Deploy two.  You and Mrs. Richards will spend the next leg cataloging the data and comparing mission data with Miss Woodson…Go. You and Felicity can  compare notes on other matters with Eleanor and Simone …try not to bump your head. Medical reports are so difficult to obfuscate.”

Michael unbuckled and shot after Felicity who was turning into their quarters and smiling back at him.


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