Boarded

Kenny and [i]Paddy put their back to a corner and get ready for an attack.

The only light comes from low emergency lights, access terminals, door panel keypads and buttons. MUTHUR isn't responding to vocal orders or Kenny's data tablet.[/i]
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Paddy pulls out a flare, lights it, and tosses it on the ground.
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Kenny whispers to Paddy, "Well it looks like this will be our last stand. Just us, our regrets, and one or more scary monsters lurking on the ship."
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“Let ‘em come.”, Paddy grinned.
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Kenny readies his pistol and holds his watch as he waits for the attack.
He deeply regrets not making a pass at Vera.
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Paddy holds his pistol ready and inspects the viewport into the antechamber room outside S1 Airlock, squinting to spot anything.

“How long we gonna hold here, Captain?

He anxiously looks from Kenny, to the window and back.
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Paddy and Kenny can hear the sound of dull clanging softly reverberating through the ship.
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Kenny gently aims his pistol in the direction of the noise and nudges Paddy to do the same while remaining quiet. He is hoping to attack the intruder as they enter the room.
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The noises are coming from the front starboard side of the ship. Paddy aims his pistol down the corridor from where they came.

“More than one? Or do you think it’s gone around behind us?”
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Kenny whispers, "I would not be surprised at this point. Prepare for anything."
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Several moments pass, without any change.

Then there comes the sound of a door opening toward the aft and movement in the antechamber outside the S1 Airlock door.

Kenny and Paddy turn to face the door leading to the antechamber and through the viewport they briefly see two pin points of soft white light move out of view to the right of the door. They hear a droning buzz.

A pale blue humanoid head peaks into the viewport as the intercom of the ship comes to life. A fuzzy monotone voice grates over the intercom speakers.

“What have we here? I have logged your presence. Please remain here, someone will be with you shortly.”

The thing looks freaky in the deep shadows and bright fizzle of reddish white flare light. It’s an old Seegson Working Joe synthetic. From its strange features, it looks like it has been vandalized or customized. The android, decked out in spiked leathers, has piercings and a row of nails in its head creating a strange Mohawk. For the moment it seems non hostile.
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"State your purpose.", Kenny ordered.
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“Please be patient as we take control of this vessel.”, the android says with a courteous attitude but an unsettling digitized tone.
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Kenny asks, "Why are you taking over the ship?"
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The android pauses for a moment as if to think, though a human wouldn’t be able to tell since his expression never changes and his pin prick eyes never blink.

“Captain Bolaji orders it so. That is our directive.”
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Kenny asks, "Are you on our side, or do you support those parasites.
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“I assume you have a permit for that weapon." the android points a blueish finger at Capt Kenny. "Please disarm yourselves and we can resolve this amicably. I am not aware of any parasites.”
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They hear the door at the opposite end of the corridor swish open and then footsteps approaching. A woman speaks from the darkness of the corridor.

“Good boy, Jojo! Yo, Adisa, looks like Jojo found our boys.”
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"Good.", says Adisa, the new voice.
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They remain ready to shoot as Kenny talks.

"Explain yourselves. Why are taking over this ship?"
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“Oh, wow. This guy is clueless.”, she chuckles.

“We see it, we want it, we take it. Don’t worry. We don’t want you, just the ship and its cargo. Jojo, let’s escort them to their lifeboat.”
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“Affirmative.", buzzes Jojo the Seegson Working Joe android. "Please come with me."
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The two female figures emerge from the darkness into the edge of light given off by the flare. Both women are donning compression suits without helmets and they are armed with a pulse rifle and pistol aimed right at Paddy and Kenny.
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Kenny retorts, "Seems like you are the clueless ones since the other ship was contaminated with parasites and one of them got onboard this ship.
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“What is he talking about, Hel?”, says Adisa.
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“Sounds like bullshit to me.” replies Hel, the woman brandishing confidence and a pulse rifle. She has piercings and tattoos and looks like she has the physique of a soldier.
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Jojo opens the door and enters.

“Please come peacefully.”
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"Well it wouldn't be hard to look it up on the ships computer records, but your android went and turned it off.", Kenny says.
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Adisa interjects, “Joe, you bumblefuck. Didn’t you check for life forms and contaminants?”
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“Affirmative, Captain Bolaji. The ship is clear.”, Jojo confirms.
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Paddy and Kenny notice that Joe the android is equipped with a EVA safety harness around his upper and lower torso. He also has a cutting torch and a slew of other tools and equipment attached to a bandolier around his waste.
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"They only show up on the scans when they are moving. They have some kind of camouflage. My crew on the other ship barely killed a small one and barely wounded a large one. They somehow get into our body and grow till they can burst out and kill the host. If that is your ship attached to the Cronus you should have seen one by now." Kenny derides.
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“The hell you say?”, says Hel.
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Adisa says, “If he’s telling the truth, then Cham and the others could be in trouble.”
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Hel licks her lips and shakes her head, keeping her eyes fixed to the two crewmen. “Nah, he’s tryin' to fool us Captain.”.
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"Go ahead and take a look at the dead bodies on the Cronus yourself if you want proof. Most of the crew was wiped out already.", Kenny says.
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Hel starts talking into the collar of her suit, her eyes don’t leave Kenny.

“Cham, it’s Hel. How’s it going over there?”

There comes a response that Kenny and Paddy can’t hear.

“Davis and Rye? ... you might run into the rest of the crew over there, and uh... watch out for... parasites.”
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“Alright, you two. Let’s make this easy. To the life boat. Our boy Joe here doesn’t have to play nice.” orders Captain Adisa Bolaji.
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"So we either die in the shuttle or get shot up, huh?", Kenny sneers.
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“Now now... Don’t worry, we wouldn’t leave you without supplies..." Adisa says in a mocking motherly tone. "Not unless you make this hard for us. You know, as well as I do, that those lifeboats and shuttles have at least one cryopod and probably even an FTL drive if you're lucky. Sutter’s World is the closest planet. I’m sure you’ve survived worse situations.”
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“Space is hell.”, says Hel with a wink and a wicked smile. Then she bites her bottom lip and chuckles.
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Captain Bolaji turns on a flashlight attachment on her pistol, shining it in the direction of Kenny and Paddy, somewhat blinding them.
(-1 to Observation and Ranged Combat)
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Paddy says, “...they got us by the balls here, Cap.”

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