Standing on an Elevator at the Edge of the Abyss

Roku, Reyes, and Dr. Flynn were standing on an elevator at the edge of the abyss. Asahi floated between them, held aloft by nothing more than two of Roku’s fingers. __________________________

They remained there for several minutes just catching their breath until Roku broke the silence.

“Asahi… I know this isn’t going to be especially comforting… but if I let you go… don’t flail, don’t try anything. If… if you do start floating away… just hold tight… we will be able to help. I have the harpoon grappling gun and the Montero should still be on the other side of the Cronus. We all move together…”
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Space walks… always daunting, but right now it seems a better option than having an alien explode from your face, being smashed by an angry mutant or devoured by hungry spiders.

Roku temporarily lets go of Asahi and gracefully orients herself upside down on the underside of the Cronus. Her boots meet the hull with a slight magnetic snap. Then she helps Reyes and Dr. Flynn to do the same. Then they all slowly and carefully continue along the ship, each carrying another person in tow. As they round the starboard bottom edge of the ship, they see the underside of the Montero below them (or was it above them?) and another ship is maneuvering into position of one of the cargo bays.
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“That man we saw in the airlock… he must have been with that other ship.”, Reyes says.
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“Salvagers from Sutter’s World… or pirates. They must have cut and run when they saw what happened to Mimi… poor cat…”, Roku says. “They either found us by absolute coincidence or they followed us from Anchorpoint Station…”
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“Anchorpoint?”, Dr Flynn says.
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“I suppose you two have a lot to catch up on.”, Roku says.

In her head she wonders if bringing these people back was such a good idea.
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When they get to the starboard top edge they see a tether arcing freely around the Montero. Then they see something else unsettling. The person that Vera had seen hours earlier on the hull was standing about 10 meters away swatting his long distended arms fruitlessly at the Montero. It didn’t see them. Not yet anyway. If they were going to get to the Montero they had to approach the creature and try for the tether or risk a long shot from far away with the harpoon gun. Option 3 was to try and kill it.
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Seeing the creature, Roku decides to take the difficult shot.

"Fuck fuck fuck! Damnit!", she curses in frustrated panic as her hands tremble, her grappling gun pointed at the ship floating above them.
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"Hikari, calm down. You can do this! Come on!", commands Reyes.
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Roku breathes. "...yeah... ok... ok... if I miss... We jump."
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"This is impossible! I..I.. can't...", Dr Flynn says, shaking his head and letting go of Vera. He looks around for cover but there is none so he retreats, nervously climbing backwards over the edge of the ship.
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"Dr. Flynn! Where are you going?", Roku starts after him, looking back and forth between the creature and the doctor.
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"Everybody just stop. It doesn't see us, we still have time. Roku, I can take the shot.", Reyes says.
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Roku grabs Dr Flynn's arm and pulls him back over to the dorsal side of the Cronus.

"No, I've got it.", Roku assures her.

She moves about 5 meters closer to the creature to get a better shot and she shoots the grappling harpoon up into the ventral side of the cocked Montero; luckily it sticks. The creature turns it's attention toward them and starts to stomp toward them, mag boots sticking with each step.

"Everyone hold onto each other! We are going to repel quickly!", Roku yells.
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Together they fly toward the Montero, arms linked together. The abomination in a spacesuit reaches for Dr Flynn. The abomination pulls him hard by the leg out of Reyes' grasp and the doctor screams in agony as the tendons tear and the bones separate. Roku loses grip of the harpoon gun and Reyes lets go of Asahi's arm as they all continued to tumble up and away from the Cronus.

Roku easily manages to flip her body around and clangs onto the hull of the Montero but she fails to catch Asahi as he comes crashing down on top of her. Reyes spins, reaching for Dr Flynn but he falls away so she turns from the sight she knows is coming. She manages to stop herself with her arms and right herself on the ship. No one can bear to look at what is happening to Dr Flynn as the sounds of brutality burst over the comms.
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Valerie Reyes weep, out of fear, sorrow, and shame at the loss of another Cronus crew member. She sees Vera the android's body spinning laterally above the hull and clasps onto it with a tight grip.
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Roku retracts the end of the grappling gun and holsters it, then puts her fingers in the belt clamp of Asahi's suit and drags him along again, trudging toward the nearest possible airlock.

After what seems like forever, they reach the C1 Airlock and Roku preps the chamber for entry. The hatch opens into darkness and backup lights.

"What now?!", Roku laments. "Captain?! Paddy!? Glenn!? Does anybody copy? This is Hikari Roku, I'm entering the C1 Airlock on B Deck with Asahi and Reyes from the Cronus. We recovered Vera's body. Please respond."
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When they finally get into the Montero, Roku and Reyes carried Asahi down the corridors to the decon room, leaving Vera behind. They find the entrance with lights on and the evidence that someone is in there. They run back down the corridor and return with Vera, then they go through decontamination sterilization protocols, first with their suits and gear on, then stripping down. They both carefully strip Asahi as well then enter the showers, where they find Clayton who is just finishing up.
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"Clayton... you made it...", Reyes says, still out of breath. "...we lost Dr Flynn..."
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"What!? You lost the one man we had left, with any knowledge of how this parasite virus works?", Clayton seems more angry than sorrowful over the matter.
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Reyes is speechless at first.

"If he knew anything more, he wasn't sharing, but thanks for caring about your fellow employees."
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“73 bloody years, Valerie! If this company still exists, I can’t afford to go back empty handed. I would gather the same is true for yourself. If I’m lucky, the data cube I managed to retrieve will have something worth cashing in.”, Clayton retorts and then stomps out.

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