CAF REGISTERED FLIGHT LOG #2980
RECOVERED VIA: CAF PARABUS OUTPOST ‘VESTIGE’
SUBJECTS: UNKNOWN CAF PILOT (A), UNKNOWN CAF NAVIGATOR (B)
REFERENCES: CAF, PARABUS, THE CONFEDERACY, AMURIN, UNKNOWN ENTITY 337 [‘SIRENS’]
A1: Ashen stars, I just want to go home.
B1: Keep us on a straight course. Fleet’s one jump out.
A2: And you know what happens when we jump?
B2: We head to Vestige Station, get our orders and get back into the air.
A3: Do you actually take this seriously? We’re heading into a live combat zone, where we’re getting our asses beat! We’re flying into the mouth of hell, and you could barely bat an eye at it!
B3: Drive’s charged.
A4: You’ve seen the stats they’ve leaked out. How many of us does it take to just down one of them? And don’t get me started on how many of those things people are saying there are. We’re talking thousands? Millions? One goes down, two more fill its place.
B4: Are you going to hit the jump or do I have to do it?
A5: I didn’t sign up for this.
B5: And you think I did? I signed on because the pay was enough to cover my debts. You think I planned to get involved in a war? To be stuck halfway across the stars away from my boy back home? No. But, I’m here now, doing my job, doing what I’m paid to do.
A6: I don’t know if I can. I don’t care about the pay-
B6: You’re here now, same as me. Now, we have two choices. One, we desert. Straightforward. We turn around, we leave, and you drag me into isolation with you, and neither of us ever get back home. No going back. Nothing like it once was. Or, two. You hit that jump, and we find out what we’re both made of. Either way, there’s only one way we get home.
A7: Home… it all feels so far away now, doesn’t it?
B7: Jumping in 3… 2…