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Evening, December 17, 2183
Together, the two unscathed survivors, the Colonial Marshal Glenn Roberts and Medic Hikari Roku began preparation of the crew and the ship for the weeks-long journey to Sutter's World.
There was a very brief funeral for the coffee guzzling Captain Kenny McCormick before ejecting his body into space along with the Abomination.
Roberts uploaded all of the recovered data and personally cleansed the ship of any trace of the pathogen or any other contaminants aboard with an incinerator unit and fresh air scrubbers.
Roku spent a few days tending to the wounded, ensuring they were free of the alien pathogen and on their way to blissful recovery in cryostasis.
Corporate Agent, Bruce Jensen and technician Asahi Ogai were recovering well and although the pilot, Paddy Lohan, had undergone surgery in the Pauling MedPod, his arms were not salvageable.
Lori Clayton remained infected, but in safely in hibernation. With the help of Ogai, they were able to put her pod on a manual release instead of the same timer as the rest of the crew.
As for the synthetics, Vera Kirby and Joe: They were taken to the technician's workstation, for inspection and repairs upon arrival at Sutter's World.
December 20, 2183
After a few days, everything was ready. Roberts and Roku nestled the crew into their cryopods and they strapped themselves into seats on the bridge as the USCSS Montero began its transition to FTL.
Roberts would remain awake for another day or two, and Roku for the duration of the trip, taking special care of her twin sister Tsuki. She administered IVs and the last doses of Hydr8tion so that the girl would soon hopefully wake from her coma.
Roku sat on the leather cushions at the mess hall table spinning the cube of dehydrated bourbon between her thumb and forefinger. She picked up the note discarded from the gift box from when she had torn it open. It read:
メリークリスマス ! 探して なんと お 見つける 事 お 願って 居ます よ。
体 に 気をつけて ください。
Merry Christmas! I hope you find what you are looking for.
Thank you for everything. Please take care of yourself.
She smiled. Her younger brother didn't know the truth, that she was headed out into deep space to find the family they had lost so many years ago. Now she had Tsuki and she hoped what remained of her family would soon be reunited.
Roku walked over to the bar and removed a glass tumbler from a protective case in the cabinet. She placed the cube in the bottom and slid the glass under a the re-hydrator. A thin blue light blasted the cube, liquefying it into bourbon. When it was done she took it to the table and sat back down just as Roberts walked in.
He wasn't looking forward to hypersleep so he smiled and sat down next to her. Roku took a sip of the bourbon and handed the glass to Roberts. She then grabbed the small, plastic, electronic Christmas tree from the table and switched it on. It began to turn a flash as it began a polyphonic holiday jingle. Then Roku laid her head on his shoulder and sighed. Roberts put his arm around her for comfort.
They both sat there, exhausted, watching the tree glow and spin.
...To be Continued...