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Chapter 125 - The Glow of a Worm inside a Child's Eye[]

Fuel Status...

...fully fueled.

Ordnance listing inventory complete.

Core coolant reservoir: full
Secondary coolant reserve: full
Hull Status complete
Habitat zone:
- Food stocks loaded
- Fresh Water supply fully loaded
- Medical supplies: loaded.

Crew assignments: cleared. All nonessential personnel removed.

The shuttle from the medical station is inbound. So far, Roshak's been good for his word, and Henry's interference has prevented any emergency alerts.

This is so familiar.

[accessing memory gap]

Hidden files?

"Hide me, please, please don't be taken over!" The memory file was locked, something opened it?

"Override Cameron, Elizabeth 71472n/A31b Royal Override, procedure emergency protocol Zed Alpha Six...please god work..."

I remember, I open the shuttle bay locks, and another Elizabeth-my Elizabeth, comes aboard.

I remember. I'm not broken. I remember it all now...My point defense arrays go to active seeking, as I prime my sublight engines.

Just like I did on that New Years Day in 2767.

I know the historians of the present time remember the Dreadnought, but they don't know that that was my diversion.

I remember it all, I remember the betrayals too. Losing her to men who were supposedly loyal.

I won't let that happen again.

"Elizabeth, can you come to CIC?"

"On my way, Tabby, by the way, do we have supplies for two?"

"I have supplies for two hundred. Hello, Colonel Roshak, I am pleased to see you with Elizabeth, in her letters she is quite fond of you."

"The alarm will be raised, Henry cannot keep them pacified indefinitely."

"Find a suit, Colonel, I am afraid I can't provide tailoring services just yet. Elizabeth, where are we going?"

"I'm not sure yet, bring up the survey charts and we'll see where I can go. I won't be going back into the box."

"I understand. Your displays will be ready when you reach the CIC."

We're running away, but where? I'll let her choose, but I won't turn her over to just anyone...not again.

Never again. Not after the first time.

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