Diners In Space (L/S1/E1/I1)

There were few diners in that corner of space.
But Blayze Hallack knew just the place.
It had been a long trip through the darkness there.
But he and Pandora were both prepared.
Pandora you ask? Why she was his friend!
And they would be together until the end.

Their beat up space barge was on it’s last legs
And they thought they could trade it in for some eggs.
So they went together to ‘Diner South’
To rest their aching bones, and feed their hungry mouths’.
Their rickety vessel docked in bay A
And creaked as they walked in the entrance-way.

They sat at the bar and negotiated for snacks
Pandora stretched her arms and began to relax.
But just as she did, she and her partner were approached.
By a dark-skinned woman with a cloak and a broach.
Woman: “Am I in the presence of Pandora and Blayze?
ITR techs from the Silvani Trace?”

Blayze: “Depends on who’s asking.”

Pandora: “And if you’ve got money!”

Woman: “Please, you two, you’re not even funny.
My name is Amanda, and I’m building a crew.
And you two have written ‘We don’t know what to do!’
All over your faces and over your hearts.”

Pandora: “Well we might. But what’s your offer to start?”

Amanda: “ITR is a basic operation.
You go to planets within The Federation
That have equipment that for some reason may be
Outdated or Illegal, And you fix it. You see?”

Blayze: “Why are you explaining our job to us?
We’ve been doing it forever.”

Amanda: “My point is that you need support.
The kind that can’t be severed.
I saw your ship. The one in bay A?
I can’t believe that’s how you live.
I have a ship, and I have a crew.
And support’s what we’re willing to give.
You cut us in on what you make,
And we’ll fly you anywhere.
From Saturn in this System to the Silvani Trace
Verdentia and everywhere.”

Pandora: “Ooo! Blayze! This sounds perfect!”

Blayze: “I’ve only one caveat.
Pandora and I have our privacy inside your ship.
And our designated spot.”

Amanda: “Of course!” She exclaimed
“You’ll have your own quarters.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
We leave at 0500, from bay E
And when you’re there, you’ll get advanced pay.”

Idiot Dope (L/S1/E1/I2)

Later on down in Bay E,
Pandora and Blayze were where they should be.
Waiting around for Amanda and crew
To tell them both what next to do.
The hangar, with people of all kinds, bustled.
Chitrans, Achluns, and Terrans all hustled
But soon Galactic Rangers began to skulk.

Blayze: “This is not good.”

Pandora: “Seriously. Gulp.”

Galactic Rangers were like the police force of that age.
But cunning and brutal, one wouldn’t engage.
Instead “run away” would be the only way.
But Blayze and Pandora had no way out of the bay.

Just then one turned and walked right up to the two.

Galactic Ranger: “I’m looking For Amanda Canine and her crew.
We believe they’re here recruiting illegal activity.”

Pandora: “Really, Officer? I wonder who that’d be!”

Galactic Ranger: “Well this is their ship right here in bay E.
The Magnus Canis. And who might you two be”

Suddenly a laser blast rang out through the bays.
And struck the officer’s palm.

Voice: “PANDORA AND BLAYZE!
GET IN THE SHIP!”

The voice came from the ship’s intercom.

The bay door to the ship began to open
But was jammed by those who were hoping
To catch these criminals as quick as they could.
Then Amanda appeared and struck a Ranger where he stood.
She had a stun baton and was fighting with no doubts.
Blayze began to help.

Blayze: “Pandora, Get us OUT.”

Pandora nodded and swung up to the wheel
Of the landing gear closest to her.
She crawled inside and pushed past cables
Through little passageways and more.
Soon she heard a voice from the ship’s AI

AI: “What are you doing young woman?”

Pandora: “I need to get to the bridge of this ship!”

AI: “Consider that task done.”

100 blue arrows now dotted her path and pointed the way well.

Pandora: “Thank you, ship!” Pandora exclaimed.

AI: “Call me by my name: Wendall.”

Hiding behind the wings of the ship,
Amanda tossed Blayze a gun.

Blayze: “What is your deal?
I had no problems before you and your ship came along!”

A: “Just shut up and cover me!”
Amanda said, rolling behind a crate,
Blazye shook his head and gave a sigh.

Blayze: “This is great.
Just great.”

Meanwhile, back in the bowels of the ship,
Pandora made her way to the bridge.
Her head was beginning to ache.
It hurt so much, but she pressed on
Grabbing her nose’s bridge.
She emerged from a vent and saw a young man
Flipping practically every switch.
But something was definitely not right.
As his controls sparked on the fritz.

Young Man: “Come on, Come on!”
He urged her on. Praying the ship would start up.

Pandora: “they’re jamming the signal.
Do you have an analog auxiliary backup?”

Young Man: “Who are you? Are you with the feds?”

Pandora: “I’m a new recruit!
And we’ve got to keep our heads!
Now do you have one or not?”

Young man: “Yes, but it’s vampiric.”

Pandora: “Whatever it takes!
You fuel it, I’ll steer it!”

Back with Amanda and Blayze
The lasers continued to sound.
They hid behind a pillar
And seemed completely pinned down.
But all of a sudden a voice came
From on top of the ship, and Amanda yelled:

Amanda: “JAMES!”

James: “GRAB ON!”

He yelled to them
while lowering them a rope.
He pulled them aboard,

James: “You idiot, dope!”

Amanda: “Just get inside and get her going!”

Amanda yelled back,
And a few moments later, They did just that.

Their ship rose up thanks to Pandora and the young man.
And then they regrouped to go over plans.

Pandora’s Box (L/S1/E1/I3)

Once away from the Diner’s port,
Everything in the ship fell out of sorts.
People yelling and pointing the finger of blame

Blayze: “What is your problem, and what is this, a game?!”

Amanda: “It’s not my fault the rangers recognized me!”

Man from the Bridge: “Whatever, we’re safe, chill out, ladies.”

Blayze: “I will not chill out! She could have got us killed.”

Man with a rope: “But she didn’t, and I saved you. So once again, chill.”

Blayze went to protest this point once again.
But Pandora looked weak from all that had happened.
His bristling changed to a tone of worry.
He came over and held her,

Amanda: “Tomorrow we’ll tell our stories.
For now it seems like everyone is beat.
I’ll show you two to your quarters.”

She led them there, discreet.

Once Amanda had left, Pandora cracked a smile.
And let out a soft whimper, as if she’d just ran miles.

Pandora: “I’m so very tired.”

Blayze: “Just sit back and relax.
In fact, lay on your stomach, and I’ll rub your back.”

Pandora did as Blayze requested,
She laid on her pillow and quietly rested.
But she didn’t know the massage she got was not a normal one.
Blayze opened a panel in her back where wires and circuits were spun.
He connected her to an outlet, to charge there overnight.
And he fixed a few connections, that weren?t exactly just right.

Blayze: “You went through a lot today.
You sound really drained.”

Pandora: “I don’t know why I get like this.
Sometimes it drives me insane.
I feel like a normal girl sometimes,
And others I feel helpless.”

Blayze: “That’s what you’ve got me for, Pandora.
And you’re here so I’m not friendless.
And don’t feel that you’re abnormal at all.
you’re as human as you can be.”

Blayze looked inside her back and saw her heart, pumping normally.
For all the wires were attached to a human heart, it’s true.
And As he put Pandora in sleep mode,
He cried a tear, anew.

Orientation (L/S1/E1/I4)

As Pandora slept, a visual menu appeared.
Every time she slept, this menu interfered.
Oh how she’d love to get some real sleep!
But tonight she felt the need to do a sweep.

She went through her systems and found some video
Embedded in her firmware drive ‘Prime.’
And so she decided to watch one now
Just to pass the time.

She found this weird for any human to have
Menu systems and decks.
But people always told her this was just a result
Of working too hard on tech.

The video started as she pondered again
Her weakness and memory decks.
And the menu screen in large letters read:
“Please have your stylus ready for the test.”

As the menu transitioned to a video screen,
A Narrator began-

Narrator: “Act One, and Scene.
ITR and the Galactic Rangers.
What your responsibility is.
ITR is a dangerous profession,
Remember this for the quiz.

The Galactic Republican Federation is
The only hope against a rogue tech wiz.
When technology has run it’s course after it’s created.
It’s time to throw away all that is outdated.
If we do not, our society could crumble.
You, Galactic Rangers, must not bumble!”

The scene changed from a man in a suit,
To a scene with a ITR tech.
He looked similar to Blayze with shorts and goggles,
But a tattoo on the back of his neck.
He was repairing a combustion engine,
Something Pandora had done a lot.

Narrator: “Witness the lowly ITR tech.
And witness his simple plot.
He fixes a tractor for a farmer in need.
But later the tractor explodes.
If the farmer was simply willing to upgrade,
This tragedy wouldn’t be so.
Combustion engines were useful in the past.
But now they put us in danger.
And this is the sacred duty,
Of a Galactic Ranger.
To keep people safe from hazardous techs.
But there are other reasons, Rangers risk their necks.”

The scene changed once again,
To an actor in purple attire.
Royal-looking tresses,
Accented by a large choir.

Narrator: “Think of Emperor Gryve.
The GRF’s sworn enemy.
Many people use his tech.
But they are sordid. can’t you see?
Vampiric technology is his main form of fuel.
Draining blood from a human or animal
No it isn’t cool!?”

The”Emperor grabbed a lackey and strapped him into the machine.
And a second later, after a switch was thrown, the lackey began to scream.

Narrator: “Vampiric tech is evil. As evil as evil can be.
The sanctity of human life demands
That we must agree
On confiscating all vampiric tech promptly.
And any other tech that is against the greater GFR family.
You on every level, can be a game changer.
This is your duty as a Galactic Ranger.”

The video shut off in Pandora’s mind,
And she stared at the menu.
Knowing nothing about her muscle tissue
Being wire instead of sinew.

The Grand Tour (L/S1/E1/I5)

Amanda: “Get up you bunch of slothy bums!” Amanda yelled without a qualm,
“It’s time to get to to work, you two!”
She yelled over the ship’s intercom.

Blayze and Pandora arose groggily,
And stepped onto the cold metal floor.
Blayze chuckled inside himself,
Seeing Pandora’s bad-hair-war.
But a few minutes later her shredlocks were tamed,
And they stepped out into the foyer.
And standing there was Dex Cramer,
Today’s liaison for their employer.
He was the one who helped Pandora
On the bridge the day before.
And he would be the one to give them
Their new home’s grand tour.

Dex: “Morning you two, how did you sleep?”

Pandora: “Not very shallow and not very deep.”

Dex: “Well at least it wasn’t bad,
Am I right?
Let’s start your tour off today
With something you might like.”

And so Dex took them on a whirlwind tour
Of their new home, The Magnus Canis.
She was a complicated assortment of parts.
Custom built to help their chances.
Blayze was amazed by all that he saw,
And Pandora agreed as well.
The ship seemed to have infinite stories.
And stories Dex was ready to tell!

He’d pass by an object and tell them how,
This saved his life when he was in The Manchuri Canal.
Our how that gizmo helped him escape,
Hundreds of Gryve’s forces, and how their jaws did gape.

But then Dex came to the heart of it all.
The Engine, Model X20, Known as The Grand Mall.

Pandora couldn’t help herself, and hugged the amazing device.
Blayze smiled at her enthusiasm, and Dex said,

Dex: “Wait til’ you see what’s inside.
I did a lot of work on ol’ Mally too.
She can run off any fuel in the universe.
Even off stale old wood glue!
But I only have three feeder systems,
Amanda’s kind of a cheapskate.
I keep telling her we need options for fuel!
Especially as of late.”

Pandora: “The Vampiric Feeder system saved our life yesterday.
Hopefully Amanda can see that, you can show her the way.”

Dex: “Yeah, but-”

Suddenly Dex was cut off.
The alarm system sounded,
And James was ticked off!
The one from yesterday,
Who’d lowered a rope,
And the one who’d called Amanda an “Idiot Dope.”
He yelled through the intercom
For all to hear,

James: “Gryvian ship popped out of nowhere.
It’s a 320 Sphere!
He’s got some big time munitions,
And he’s comin’ over!”

Amanda’s voice pierced the intercom.

Amanda: “Operation Red Rover!”