The black patch of space that Leesandra couldn’t make out started to contort, although it seemed more like the ship she was on was actually what was moving. Part of it suddenly lit up and she could finally make out some of it. It was a ship, a gigantic ship, almost as big as Alpha-Hydra’s dock. It was a continental class ship.
The ship itself didn’t seem very unique, it was made from the same mesh of High tensile carbon fiber and Steel polyalloy that Alpha-Hydra was. The greys and blacks partially hidden from view by stripes of green paint. Leesandra shook off the look of awe on her face and tried to remember where the name plate of continental class ships was supposed to be printed.
On the starboard side of the bow. It wasn’t there, at least it wasn’t if she had remembered which side starboard was.
“How do you guys have a continental ship? And why would you have a base in an asteroid if you have one?” Leesandra asked.
“We only finished building it last year it was pretty hard to do it without a dock, the Asteroid was a better staging ground for recruitment.” Merah answered.
“What’s it’s name?” Leesandra let her curiosity run away with her.
“Enterprise.” Bronwyn said without a flicker of hesitation.
No-one else spoke, the bridge was silent apart from the dull hum of the engine and a few muffled beeps.
“Are you serious?” Leesandra blinked a few times. “I mean, okay… but really?”
“Yes.” Bronwyn continued. “It is supposed to reflect that spirit of exploration, the goals of humanity that we’re supposed to have.”
“To boldly go where no-one has gone before?”
Leesandra didn’t get up from her seat but shifted her weight around. She couldn’t shrug off the idea that this was some kind of elaborate hallucination before she died of asphyxiation, and the ridiculousness made that seem even more plausible.
“Okay, you’ll really have a tough time explaining why you can’t just pack up and leave now.”
“This ship is the first step in our attempts to get out of this solar system.” Merah swiveled around in her chair to face Leesandra “Inside the Oort cloud is a series of anti-gravity well probes, there is no way to for us to make a break for it without being disabled almost immediately. Those same probes will alert the inter-planetary fleet, which will destroy us on site.”
“The fleet is only like 5 capital ships you could easily outrun them on normal drive.”
“It’s actually like 3 continental ships, and they won’t have the same gravity well handicap.”
“Oh…” Leesandra licked her lips as she thought for a moment. “What are the other steps to getting out of the solar system?”
“Bring down the inter-station government, eliminate the probes, help Kybers and humans alike to finally reach the stars.” Bronwyn tapped on her fingers to count each step.
“I feel like that second step is a bit more like a staircase.”