It's the morning of your first lift-off, perhaps it's too early to call it morning, it's still pretty dark out. As is traditional, you've been camped out under the stars right next to the launch tower. But as you wakeup, you see something you've never seen before. The ancient Nomai space station in orbit of Giant's Deep lit up bright blue and then it exploded. Nobody was ever able to get inside it when it was intact, maybe now you can get into one of the pieces. If only you didn't need to get the codes from Hornfels at the observatory before you could lift off.
No, he reads it, but only says the important part. "We can get the Quantum Moon by the South Pole."
Heli is basically already inside and Gabe follows him. "Okay, I will try to get this thing up and see about rescuing people..."
There appear to be three settings on the controls: Left, Middle and Right. Which does Heli try first?
There's a strange flash and an odd sensation but nothing appears to have changed.
Right? Left if that doesn't work?
Nothing appears to happen after trying right. Left results in a sudden feeling of acceleration, a strange lensing of light and launch. They are flying off at a fair clip though they don't appear to be accelerating. It would probably be a bad time to walk out the back.
Gabe holds tight to Heli's arm, since his hands are busy.
Heli tries to stop the thing before they get too far. He tries the middle setting. How far do they go? Can they contact slate?
They don't get very far because as soon as he tries the middle setting the flash of light repeats and they're back on the gravity canon's launch platform. "What just ..." Slate begins to ask. But the Sky goes dark. "I think we might be out of time."
"No! We... there ou to be something we can do!"
Gabe hugs him.
There is a rush of blue light coming over the horizon and then Heli feels no sensation from his body while his memories since waking up replay.
And then we wakes up. Witnessing the Station in orbit of Giant's Deep exploding once again.
He is suddenly up, startled and looking at his surroundings like he expecting them to catch on fire.
"You alright there Heli?"
Gabe is also awake. "Dude? is there some problem?"
Heli stops shaking and blinks. "Sorry, sorry. I think I had a nightmare."
"It's a big day, anyone would be nervous."
Heli looks up at where the station was. The sight is not comforting.
"Yeah, it, it must have been it."
"You get nervous too easily." Back pat.
"I know it’s tradition to sleep out under the stars the night before a launch, but if you ask me it makes you all a bit jumpy.”
"It was actually pretty good, for the most of it... It's probably just regular trepidation." He avoids looking up. "We should go, uh, thank you, Slate. For everything."
"You're welcome. I'll see you again after you get the codes."
"Indeed... thanks again."