• Nick Richards

Chapter 7: The Emptiness of Space - Part Ten

“Come in,” said Jendi as she sat in her cabin reading.

Wenden entered the room.

“Have a seat,” said Jendi, gesturing to the other chair a few feet from the one she was using, “what’s on your mind? We will be landing soon, in another hour or so.”

“I know, Jendi,” he said. “I have been given orders to guard the ship when we land. Janen and I.”

“Good idea,” she said. “Any questions about your duty?”

“No, it’s been explained to me. I know what Janen wants me to do.”

“Has anyone told you how bumpy it can get when we land?”

“Yes, I know, and when we are done here I am going back to my cabin and will strap myself in in preparation.”

“So what can I do for you?”

“I just wanted to say thank you,” he said with sincerity. “You and the rest of the crew have been very kind to me, and you all make me feel like a part of a family.”

“A ship’s crew is a kind of family, and you are a welcome part of it, from what Vialon tells me. And you look well-shaven too.”

“Trimmers are amazing!” he said with wide eyes. “I never want to use a blade again! It’s a trimmer for me from now on. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the tek you have shared with me. The food is the best I have ever experienced, these clothes are so comfortable, my teeth have never felt so clean, and I had no idea my hair could feel this clean. You lead amazing lives, and now I get to live it too. Thank you! That’s all I wanted to say to you. How grateful I am to you letting me join you.”

“Thank you, Wenden, that is very kind of you to say. We are glad to have you, and I look forward to working with you.”

Wenden stood up, excused himself and went to his cabin. Back in hers, Jendi thought about what he said, and thought carefully about what Vialon had told her about sharing tek.

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