As the craft sailed through the stars, Rylan kept to himself whenever he could despite having made a few friendships among the crew. Since there were plenty in the group who thought he had sabotaged the platform the captain kept him from any real duties. So he tended to keep himself busy using the gym equipment that had been unpacked once the ship exited the atmosphere. He was getting dressed after an intense workout when he heard the captain’s announcement. “We will be dropping into the Latrian system in an hour. Once there it should take another couple of hours to enter planetary orbit. Landing crew report to shuttle bay one to prepare.”
Rylan smiled as he quickly finished getting dressed and then promptly reported to the shuttle bay. It had taken two and a half weeks to get to the first stop on the journey. When he arrived at the shuttle bay, he was greeted by Marcus, who still distrusted the technician. “Well if it isn’t our favorite saboteur.”
Rylan covered his eyes with a hand as he asked, “Marcus when were you assigned to the landing crew?”
“I was assigned just this morning.”
“By who?” Rylan asked as he tried to walk past the brutish man.
“By someone with more authority than you,” Marcus spoke at Rylan’s back before he followed to get into their suits for the trip down to the Latria.
Rylan was spared having to listen to any more of Marcus’ nonsense when Connor entered the room and quickly placed himself between them. Once Marcus went off to prepare himself Connor whispered to the technician, “Why does he dislike you so much?”
“I wish I knew, but let’s get ready to go,” Rylan answered as he continued getting ready.
By the time the rest of the landing crew arrived at the shuttle bay the captain had announced that they had dropped into Latrian space and had scanned the planet. The captain had paused for a moment before he told the crew the results of the scan, “There is no sign of life anywhere on the planet. As we get closer, we should be able to learn more.”
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