Fubard

Location - Ochaek system - Olian Cloud

Gideon analyzed the coordinates before he entered them. He wanted to be sure it was not a trap or test. Sometimes distortions could mess up the scanners and work out like a trap for the unsuspecting victims. Seeing as they were legit, he didn't see an issue heading for the small space station.

Walker looked around completely dumbfounded. When the small station had translated into the system a few hours ago and instructions received that they could now board he had for a few heartbeats looked confused at the communication.
The Station was quite small compared to what he had expected. He was no bigger than a small asteroid, oval in shape and dark in colour.

Gideon: We will be there shortly.

Walker: pretty small for a space station.

Gideon: True but it may be a temporary residence for this deal.

Walker: That makes sense then.

Kali: Just let me do the talking since we won't be alone, but keep you ears and eyes open just in case one of the others gets any crazy ideas.

Walker: Don't need to tell me twice.

Kali and the other buyers had been escorted deeper into the station by a group of service androids while their crew complements waited near at the docks.
Strict guidelines had been give to those waiting and that they were not to attempt to leaving the docking area.
Everywhere he looked he saw battle droids standing at attention and keeping an eye on their guests.
Walker saw a vessel belonging to the Kursia Autocracy of the Vaz system, its gold and reds glimmering. A couple of Marbian soldiers from the Echar Loc faction passed him by in their green olive uniforms, nodding to him.

Gideon sat on a crate with Walker drinking a cup of coffee served by Beta, one of their mechs. Gideon was going over system reports on his data pad while Walker was watching the area. Both men were on edge since they were not far from the competition. As a precaution Gideon placed a small stealth mechanical bug in the form of a spider the size of a small toe nail in Kali's clothing. If things went bad they would need to rescue her ASAP.

Many ships and beings Walker did not even recognize. There were about 20 other small vessels aboard the space station but one in particular caught his eye. In the far corner of the space dock a black and purple single pilot fighter stood out like a sore thumb and everyone else gave it a wide breath.
Walker stood there looking at the banner of The Armada stenciled on it's curved wings.
Memories of the Bloodshed Uprising and especially from the Battle of the Silence System rushed him. He stood there has if looking at a demon from his past.

Gideon could feel the blood lust coming from Walker as he looked up and gently spoke before sipping his coffee.

Gideon: Calm your mind Walker. There are more of them than us.

Walker: I know.

A hand touched his shoulder and he span around ready to defend his assailant.
"I knew it was you, Walker." the man told him laughing.
Walker blinked away the memories of fire and blood and focused on the man's face. He was wearing a battlesuit with the insignia of the USSF.
"Elevation?" he said surprised at seeing his old comrade. "What are you doing here?"

Gideon pretended to ignore the conversation between Walker and his comrade. In a way it was a blessing that Walker calmed down since things were getting tense a moment ago. The presence of the Armada ship was an isor to poor Walker. Gideon figured Walker was involved in the big battle and acquired some emotional scars along the way. Gideon could relate to hating the enemy as well and he was far from finishing his mission of revenge. Sadly his mission to hide rare tech like the Atlas Fragments took priority for the moment. If not for his training he would be wound up tight like Walker.

Meanwhile Kali had made her way to the meeting. All the participants were instructed to split up before they stood in a spotlight before a podium. They were then instructed to put their briefcases on the podium for verification. After checking for any traps they participants followed the directions reluctantly. A bright golden light came from under the brief cases to scan the suitcase contents. Once this was done they saw a holographic version of Zendichez pop up and he began to congratulate them on making it this far, before explaining the rules of the auction.

Back at the hanger Gideon was secretly monitoring the tiny mech spiders he had investigate the hanger and competition. Since they had a stealth mode they were hard to spot. He was recording conversations and translating them, while scanning their ships as best as they could. By the looks of it the competition was packing bigger ships with more firepower than the Dragonfly. This meant if things went south they were going to have the fight smarter in order to survive. So as a precaution he patiently had his tiny mechanical spiders infiltrate the other ships and hide in the computer consoles and engine rooms in a dormant state. This way he could use them to sabotage the other ships if they needed to escape in a hurry.

So if things did get bad Gideon could activate the tiny mech spiders to eat the circuit boards and multiply till they disabled the ship or destroyed it. If they were caught they would self destruct into acid. Gideon felt better once his spiders were in place as he sipped his coffee calmly. This way they had a plan for escape secured. However he still was very concerned about how he was going to steal the Atlas fragment. Security was very tight and he was lucky to be able to sneak his tiny spider mechs in undetected. This guy Zendichez was no push over and clearly a smart and dangerous guy. However Gideon was curious why he was willing to part with the Atlas fragment. Was it damaged, a trap or was he looking for something else that was more important to him. These questions irked poor Gideon as he sipped his coffee and read his reports.

Kali had been gone for a long time to bid for the Atlas fragment. This of course did not sit well for either Walker or Gideon. Sadly Gideon's nano spiders didn't find much in the form of crew gossip or gaps in the security. Whoever Zandichez was he was not lacking in tech security. Gideon was rather irked that it was going to be time consuming and risky to break the security of the space station. However he did take solace that his nano spiders managed to infiltrate the other ships in the hanger and he was downloading what ever they could find.

So it was still a mystery as to what Kali and the others were talking about behind closed doors. Walker ran out of things to work on and called Gideon on the coms.

Walker: Is it me or are you getting antsy?

Gideon: Same feeling as when we were on that last salvage job.

Walker: I see we are on the same page then.

Gideon: I am prepared to leave at a moments notice...................should the need arise.

Walker: Glad to hear that cause I got a bad...???

Suddenly there was a big explosion on the space station causing it to shake wildly. Everyone one in the hanger began panicking and running back to their ships. Gideon was already priming the engines as they waited for Kali to return. Several explosions rocked the station again and again. Walker was armed and waiting in the hanger bay for Kali as Gideon was prepping the ship for emergency take off. Again a few explosions rocked the space station violently like a maraca. Walker was on the verge of ditching Kali at this point since he had no desire to die.

Then after a series of explosions the big door opened up and Kali and a few others came racing out to avoid the flames. Kali and the others were franticly running to their ships as they parted ways. Then a huge explosion shook the entire space station and Kali almost fell as others did while debris rained down from above. One of the ships got crushed by debri falling down and caused the ship to lose an engine and catch on fire.

Walker: Move it woman!

Kali: Don't you leave me!

Walker: Gideon she is almost near! Get ready to bail!

Gideon: Got it.

Another explosion caused debris to rain down and block Kali's path. However she used her enhancements to leap over the debris and catch Walker's hand just in time as the ground was giving away. Walker pulled Kali aboard as he closed the hanger bay door with a hit of a big button.

Walker: I got Kali. Get us out of here!

Gideon didn't respond as the engines grew louder and brighter before the ship lifted up and burst out of the hanger. As they were leaving a few other ships managed to escape while some didn't make it. Hoping to avoid any altercations with the blame game, Gideon initiated his hyperspace coordinates to make a quick escape. Luckily Walker and Kali managed to strap themselves down with a cargo net to keep from slamming into the hanger door. Once they were stabilized Kali looked at Walker with a raised eyebrow.

Kali: I appreciate the rescue but now its getting weird. You mind letting me go?

Walker: My bad. Are you alright? Do you need the medbay?

Kali: Yeah I think I got hit by debris while high tailing it out of there.

Walker and Kali stood up so he could see her lower back and she had a piece of small metal on her back hip.

Walker: Looks like you got hit. Wanna tell me what happened as I get you fixed up?

Kali: Yeah sure.

After getting to the Med Bay with the mechanoid called Gamma, Kali laid on her stomach on the medical bed so Gamma could remove the shrapnel , clean the wound and bandage her up. During that time she tells Walker that the deal was getting a bit hostile and the Nomad representative was pissed off. Zendichez then threatened to remove him form the bidding and then the space station began exploding. After that they all grabbed their goods and ran for the hanger. The whole thing was insane and one of the guys next to her was killed by an explosion so she took their briefcase just in case. Walker looked at the case and debated on opening it. Since he felt nervous he has Gideon check it out and the mech named Delta opened the case to reveal the case was booby trapped. After disabling the trap they found some interesting crystals in the case. As a precaution Gideon spaced the briefcase since it had a tracker in it.

Seeing as they barely escaped with no exchange they were feeling a bit cheated but Kali recognized the crystals and told them they were worth a lot of credits. She even knew a few customers who would be interested in them. Walker and Gideon felt relieved that they could still make a profit since they had a fuel expense and needed to make some repairs and replace the food they ate. So Kali gave Gideon the coordinates to the next place to sell the crystals and he set a course change. It was going to be a while till they would arrive so in the mean time, Gideon worked ship repairs as Walker and Kali talked about the arrangements for the sell of the crystals.

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