ASTRA 002: Taming Astra

[Astra Teegan has been a model passenger on this boat. Except for oooooone tiny little thing. But no harm so long as the Captain don’t find out!] -10:21 Jul 23
[Gerdon has a stow away, and not just any stow away, a descendent, the most airheaded suicidally fascinated with feral aliens little disaster magnet in the universe. AND HE HAS A JOB TO DO!] -10:21 Jul 23
Astra Teegan: Her instructions were to stay inside the cabin room. And Astra did as she was told. ….most of the time. Hermes needed proper feedings, and clearly no one on this boat knew how to treat and handle a Bumblebear. So of course she had to go sneak off to the kitchens and make him some proper meals. And maybe sometimes she got sidetracked with exploring too. But she was ALWAYS right back where she belonged before someone checked on her. Except right now. She was feeding Hermes. -10:22 Jul 23
Gerdon: The prisoner had been good, too god. She was up to something. But with the extra suplies needed to feed a BUMBLEBEAR of all things he had to take a shortcut and plot it out. It was when he visited her room and found it empty that he had his confirmation. He scent fowever was distinctive thanks to a special abr of soap he had made sure was left in her shower and he was now following it. He had her now, and an excuse to toss her in the brig under guard. -10:28 Jul 23
Astra Teegan: "Oh Hermes… I know you’re upset. But soon you’ll be somewhere wonderful! I promise." There she was with all the security turned off, doors open, bumblebear free as a…bumble… and she was feeding it bits of marshmallows wrapped with bacon and giving it a good scratch behind the ears. HOW she got all of that turned off was a mystery. "Hey! Don’t say things like that, nobody likes a sassy bumblebear." -10:35 Jul 23
Gerdon: He entered the cell block and immidiatly his sidearm was in his hands and pointed at the beast’s head. "Astra Teegan." he growled advancing slowly. "How I would love to watch you get torn apart by that thing but unfortunatly for me… wait there is no downside." he grinned and took careful aim. "Give me one reason why I shouldn’t put a stop to this breach in security…" other than the fact that the shop wouldn’t penetrate the beast’s skull and he’d be torn to peices too. "Captain to security team. She’s in the brig and that thing has gotten out… send a team." -10:40 Jul 23
Astra Teegan: "Do you just -enjoy- pointing guns at people? I bet you do. …and he isn’t OUT!" Before Hermes started growling any louder, Astra gave him a good scratch and a huggle. "Ooooh, you’re a good baby, aren’t you? Lets get back in that awful old cell before the Captain gets more upset. That’s a good bumble!" There was a bit of growling and some flashes of teeth, but with a few more bacon wrapped marshmallows, Astra had the beast right back in his cellblock where he belong. "I TOLD you it was easy, if you’re nice to him." -10:43 Jul 23
Gerdon: "Yes, I do." he admitted with another grin. And what is that thing even going out of it’s cell, what are you doing outside your room and give me one reasong not to space this sector suffocating you and that thing as well. You’re endangering my crew and that is one thing I cannot stand for. -11:06 Jul 23
Astra Teegan: "He needed to stretch his legs. And I needed to make sure he could do that safely? I’m not completely incompetent, I know how to handle animals!" Of course she was assuming he knew about her studies. And her unofficial studies. Or did he? Astra stood there tapping her chin for a moment trying to remember whether or not she wanted people to even know. Then with a shrug of her shoulder, she was trying to remember how to lockdown Hermes again. "If you would have listened to me in the first place, no one would have been hurt from the very start. But I haaaave apologized about all the trouble, haven’t I?" -11:16 Jul 23
Gerdon: He marched over and pressed the button to lock down the cell. "No one does anything on this ship without my permission." he said grabbing her arm roughly and dragging her away from the cell. "You want to leave your room you ask me. Remember that." he would have to post guards at her door. -11:25 Jul 23
Astra Teegan: "I did ask you, and you said I wasn’t allowed near Hermes, and that is just not acceptable. He gets lonely and oooww…" Did he have to be so rough? She understood he was afraid of the danger, but she had said many times now that it was all under control! Astra wasn’t digging her feet in to the ground to be contrary, but really, the Captain was as bad as her family. "But since the topic is on the table, may I leave the room now? Being in a tiny room is making me crazy and all stiff! I would like to look at things and meet your crewpeople!" -11:30 Jul 23
Gerdon: "No. If we have a problem with your pet, then maybe." no sooner were the words out of his mouth then there was a siren and his comunicator chirped. "Unknown ship running silent detected captain." "What next… I’ll be right there, to quarters." he dragged Astra down the coridoor and pushed her into her room. "Stay here, there might be fighting." then he was off towards the bridge at a jog. Really today was not his best day ever. -11:40 Jul 23
Astra Teegan: "Fighting?" To late, the door was practically slammed in to her face. There she was stomping a foot with a loud uuuuuugh! Astra would go maaaaad in this room if she didn’t get to do other things! After a moment of glaring at the door, her expression melted to a concerned frown. Fighting was bad. Especially after the Captain stressed one-too-many-times about Hermes being a danger to the crew. All it would take is someone shooting off guns near the bumblebear. He was an animal, he didn’t know the difference between good guys and bad guys. Astra plucked a little palm device out of her shirt. …It’ll only take a jiffy to get the door unlocked again. -11:47 Jul 23
Gerdon: The ship entered full lockdown mode. Bulhead doors closed, the ligt was replaced with a low red glow to save power and everwhere boots clanked on metal. "Tell me what you know" Gerdon said as he entered the bridge. "They’ve come to a halt and are waiting for us, they probably don’t know we’ve seen them" came the reply. "That means we have an edge. Slowly ramp up deflector power and prepair all mass drivers. Alert me when they’re in range." "In range captain, scanners identify the ship as the Gallows Call." "Pirates, prepair all torpedos… except the busters." There were several chirps from the console. "Boarding barges coming in from the side, it’s a trap." "Fire forwars batteries at the gallows. Alert crews to boarders and for blood’s sake get the point defeces up." -11:57 Jul 23
Astra Teegan: Click~! Astra gave a pleased bounce on her feet when the lock turned green and the door opened up for her. She wasn’t exactly the best mechanic in the world, but it could be easily said she had a magic touch! …plus it helped when she routed things through Bowser’s system. …whereever he was! The robot was being awfully strange lately. Right in the middle of her inner dialogue, everything just went bananas! A loud boom and everything shook hard enough to make her weave in the hallway. An alarm starting blaring too, causing her to cover her ears. At least until she realized, this really must be scaring poor Hermes to death! With her hands on her head, Astra ran door the corridor back towards the cellblocks! -12:06 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "Whassis now…?" There was another boom and a crash, then the next thing Astra knew there was a hole in the hallway and a bunch of armed people popping out. One of which was now grabbing on to her shirt. She swatted the hand off with a relieved sigh. For a minute there, she thought Hermes might have burst through the walls! "Excuse me! I would chat, but I really need to check on Hermes before all this excitement gets him riled up." -12:26 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: She didn’t get two steps before her shirt was grabbed again. On second inspection none of these individuals looked like the nice clean ones that the Captain yelled at. Several rushed pass them to infiltrate the ship. "What a tiny little thing. I bet you bleed good." Astra fussed to get herself loose as she was shoved up against the damaged walled. "I doubt I bleed any better or worse than most people. But do you mind? Bumblebears get so ornery and Herme-" "Dun mind at all girlie. Let’s give you a test?" While one behind him chortled, he pulled out a thin knife and with a quick upwards stab, Astra had steel through her shoulder. -12:26 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "OW!! What did you do that for?!" That was just unpleasant! And HURT! Astra fussed some more to get loose, met with more snicker and a hand wrapped around her throat. Every time she tried to squirm, she found herself slammed against the wall until she quit. "STOPPIT! What is wrong with you? That hurts!" "Dun it hurt good girlie? Here, try another." A slick movement and there was a gash across her collar. -12:27 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "Quuuuit! Do you need a marshmallow? I have plenty with ba- oooouuuuw." Another cut, and this just huuuurt. "Why are you hurting me?!" Both of the ones in the hall laughed. "I like it when they scream, girlie…" "But WHY?" There didn’t seem to BE a why! Just more cackling like a couple of… of crazy people! Astra was struggling to get loose again, and every time she did, she was met with more sharpy mcmean and slammyness, and laughing! And she didn’t know WHY! -12:27 Jul 24
Gerdon: Fuck you skype -12:36 Jul 24
Gerdon: There was a sharp crack and one of the thugs hell with a smoking holl in his back, ther there was the sound of fabric tearing and before a large wolf flew into the pirates before they could recover. With a snap and a twist the hand holding the knife was lying severed on the deck before the blood-covered maw ripped the thug’s throat out, then the next was havign hsi ankle remove from the rest of him. Screams and sprays of blood filled the hallway until there was nothing but a wolf with blood-covered fur and the echos of similar screams echoing around them. -12:42 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: She wasn’t afraid of blood. Or maiming. Or even wars! Astra understood wars, you were fighting to protect things or steal things you need! But this… she didn’t understand. Pain and killing, for no reason. They didn’t even want a marshmallow. Everyone loved marshmallows. Astra slid down the wall to the floor and covered her head with her arms. What if the wolves ate her too? She smelled like tasty blood! What if they were all zombies?! Zombies were awful, she didn’t want to do that again..! -12:48 Jul 24
Gerdon: There was a growl from a human throat as the captain changed back, then he reached out and lifted her to sling across her shoulder. "Captain, the boarders have been nuetralazed of ar fleeing, the Gallows is turning to engage." "Keep aiming for thier weapons and shields, I’ll be there soon." The he was running back towards the bridge with Astra over his shoulder. "By the blood I will kill them all." -12:52 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: There was a strange sound that might have been a scream from her, but once she recognized whose bum she was staring it, the squeaking stopped. And there was nothing for her to grab or clingon to, just a bare back! "He kniiiiifed me…! Why did he do that, I was nice…!" Teeeaars! She was sniffling and she couldn’t seem to stop! And the Captain was so mad. "Please don’t knife me too! I was worried about Hermes..!" -12:59 Jul 24
Gerdon: "This is why I told you to stay in your room." he said before he entered the bridge and dropped her into a chair. "See to her." he barked at one of the crew before turning to look at the ship firing at them. "Main weapons battery seems to be just below the bulge on her bows, fire all mass drivers to knoch out thier point befeces then sink every torgedo we have loaded right there, then direct mass drivers to thier shields and reload torpedos." He was ignoring Astra now. He had blood to spill and vengence to enact. -01:04 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: This feeling was strange and foreign. Gutwretching and scary. The Captain was so furious he was going to shoot things, and people had to deal with her! And by dealing, Astra was fairly certain that meant biting! So when someone approached, she swung a slap with full force behind it! "DON’T BITE ME! It hurts! I will give you bacon…! Just don’t!!" -01:11 Jul 24
Gerdon: "Heh, I’m not going to bite you, just give you a little something for the main and stop the bleeding." [colo=green]"Direct hit, she’s rabbiting sir."[/color] "They are not getting away, torpedo thier engines." "They are trying to surrender." "Keep firing, all tubes fire. Mass drivers aim for any subsystems they have left." Around the striken pirate ship smaller ships started to appear, fleeing the carnage. "Destroy those shuttles. Use the scatter rounds. None of them escape." -01:17 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "I don’t want to be poked with any more things no teeth! No sharps! Stoppit!" Astra was pretty adamant about this! Enough to slap and swat and kick to make sure there was a nice distance between her, and… whoever this guy was! The captain clearly wanted to kill everyone, and Astra was very aware she was on the top of his list. fact, that gave her all the reason she needed to slip out of that chair and make a run for it! -01:21 Jul 24
Gerdon: He turned grabbing a gun from the holster of one of the security officers and flicked it onto stun before firing. Then he was marching after her and reaching down to pick her up by her wrist. "I am not in the mood for anything funny." he growled before taking hold of her and pointing her at the pirate ship. "That is what happens when people threaten the safety of my crew. The only reason that that hasn’t happened to you yet is you haven’t killed anyone… yet." he put her over his shoulder again and started walking. "You are going to the medbay, you are going to be healed, then you are going to your room where you will stay. Hermes will he dropped off on his home planet before we engage our target. If you don’t cause me any more trouble you will be allowed to say goodbye beforehand. A ship is no place for a bumblebear and a warship is no place for a young girl who doesn’t understand danger." -01:29 Jul 24

NURXT SURNE -Astra Teegan

Astra Teegan: A few hours later… a day or two later? Astra was a little fuzzy on the passage of time. After the Captain carted her off shrieking and sniffling and they had to hold her down in the med bay, things were a little fuzzy for quite awhile! Now she was curled up in bed with a blanket pulled up over her head, debating… everything. She was scared and confused, or at least HAD been. Now she was still scared, but maybe a liiiiittle less confused. She still wasn’t getting out from under these covers ever again, though. -01:48 Jul 24
Gerdon: The door hissed open and the captain entered with a tray of steaming eggs, real eggs, a quartered orange, a small steak, and a pudding cup, along with a bottle of water and one of apple juice. "Astra." he said placing the tray down on the small table in the room and occupying the chair. "I brought you food. How are you feeling?" -01:51 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "Everything is fuzzy and I can taste the color blue." Even under the blanket something smell reeeaaaally good. She risked shifting just a bit to peek out. He didn’t look still angry. "I don’t want you to be mad at me and chew off my foot and shoot me out the air lock." -01:57 Jul 24
Gerdon: "If I was going to do that I would have done it already." he said lookign at her and then holding out an orage quarter. "So until you get anyone hurt you’re safe." It was a big change in the girl since the attack, obviously the wounds had hurt more than her flesh. "You’ve never been in a fight before, have you." it wasn’t really a question. "I mean a proper fight, with groups of man trying to kill eachother." -02:01 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "You keep promises. You said your crew is top priority and you do anything to protect them. And you said I am dangerous and going to get someone killed. Therefore, I get killed like those others did. That is how it works." She squinted at the orange. As if it might be a trick. Then quick as could be a hand darted out to snatch it and then both slice and Astra disappeared under the blanket. "I have seen fights and people being killed before. But not like that… they didn’t need to fight someone or hurt people. Or hurt me. I don’t understand." Food was gooooood, she peeked out of the blanket, holding out a hand for another piece. -02:08 Jul 24
Gerdon: Her hand was filled and he meaned back. "If you want any more you can sit up. A blanket won’t protect you if I decide you are too dangerous to have around." he folded his arms and eyed the lump in the covers. "The difference between you and them is you don’t want to hurt anyone, then did. If I hadn’t have killed them they would have gone on to kill others. Some people feel that way about me, do you?" -02:13 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "They threatened your crew, you had to kill them to protect the people on your boat." Another piece of orange was popped in to her mouth, and as instructed she sat up. …Astra just remained under the blanket! "But why did they want to hurt people? Why? The guy didn’t want me for food, he just wanted to poke me with sharp things even when I asked him not to." -02:19 Jul 24
Gerdon: He movd to put the tray in her lap and then sat back in the chair. "Some people are just like that. It can happen for any number of reasons, but it’s better not to think about it." he looked at her and then reached out to hank the blanker off of her head. "They’re not worth the thought. Instead think about where we need to take our live cargo." -02:26 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "I don’t understand people. People lie and do weird things. Animals are so much easier…" Her blanket shield was gone, and now there was a messy haired Astra leaning backwards warily. Still not sure if he was going to bite her a not. Plenty of critters liked a well stuff meal before they ate them. "You told me to consider the people on this boat, I have to think about it and potential dangers?" -02:31 Jul 24
Gerdon: "I meant your bumblebear." he said eying her. "Where do we need to drop it off." he was eying her apple juice and concidering stealing it. "Worrying about the crew is my job, and so is worrying about you until I say otherwise and you do have oermision to leave this room if I go with you." -02:38 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "There is a planet that is perfect for him. I take a lot of animals there." He was being nice now, …sometimes her did that, though! Before he mauled them to bits! Astra was watching him like she was afraid he’d do just that. Sloooowly picking up a forkfull of eggs to stuff in her mouth. "Do you promise not to bite me, stab me, or kill me? If I am careful and don’t get anyone hurt?" -02:46 Jul 24
Gerdon: "Yes." said. She hadn’t specified shooting and so he hadn’t ptomised he wouldn’t stun her again, which suited him to the ground. "You also need to listen to me and do what I say because it might be for the safety of everyone. Especially is we’re going into a combat situation." -02:49 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: Astra was a little dubious about the listening condition. This she considered while chewing on an overlarge bite of steak. "Uhhmm… Will you listen to me when I have advice or something important to say about something that might be super helpful?" -02:52 Jul 24
Gerdon: "I will take what you say as advice." he said looking at her intently. She was trying to make a deal with him it seemed and he did not know how to feel about that. "But as alwasy the captain’s word is law, adn I’m the captain." -03:07 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: She considered this! A Captain’s word was Law, this she knew and found acceptable. And he was a good captain that cared a lot about his crew. Enough to kill to protect them! "…do I get to be a part of your crew too? And you won’t let anyone else get all stabby at me for no reason?" -03:11 Jul 24
Gerdon: "I was going to list you as an non-paying customer, if you want to join the crew you need to be able to do something for the ship. What can you do?" he asked studying her. "Figure that out, but until then you’re in charge of feeding the bumblebear so lond as you don’t take him out of the cell block and I’m there when you do it. I’ll get you a uniform to change into… what you have can’t be very clean." -03:17 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: Astra looked down at her clothes. They were pretty dirty even before she wound up bloody. "Hermes won’t like to smell my blood. He’d get upset." Tapping her chin with her fork, Astra debated on this deal. She could be crew, Hermes would have a nice new place to live, AND she could travel! This was a sound deal! Astra pushed the tray aside and pounced on the Captain. A hug for the wolfycaptain! "Then it’s deal! I’ll behave and do everything you ask unless it’s impossible or impractical or wrong. And I won’t put the crew in danger and I’ll protect them too! I promise." -03:22 Jul 24
Gerdon: The hug was unexpected and he didn’t know what to do, but at least he had her in a leash now. "Good, the pay won’t be the best until you can prove to me you’re useful and I don’t want you to be alone, yet so you’ll be here or with me at all times…" he stopped talking, he was repeating himself to get out of anowledging the hug. "You’ll also need a communicator." -03:28 Jul 24
Astra Teegan: "I am good with animals, and I’m pretty okay with fixing things! When you see Bowser, you’ll see. He is either doing reconnaissance for potential escape routes or we are playing another game. Sometimes it’s hard to tell." Huuuuug! This was kind of nice, hugging a human body. He wasn’t nearly as fuzzy, but he was pretty warm. "Thank you, Captain." -03:32 Jul 24

ASTRA 001: The Runaway Descendant

[Astra Teegan is in a little bit of trouble. She kinda didn’t pay for this ride, but they also totally refused to deal with her carry on luggage, and that’s not cool!] -07:17 Feb 21
[Gerdon is on the bridge of his mercnary ship and has gotten word of a stow away being brought to him. This is not what he needs.] -07:18 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "You guys don’t have to be so grabby. It’s not like I could run very far!" she complained, trying to get her arms wiggled free from to two surprisingly tall goons that caught her sneaking out of the bathrooms and tip-toeing back to the cargo hold. Neither of them wanted to listen to reason, and both said she ‘had to see the captain’. …Which she was kinda glad it was ‘Captain’ and not ‘Prison’ because there was no way she could sneak out of a cell to feed Hermes. Once they stepped on to the bridge, Astra completely forgot she was being dragged there against her will. "…this is a neat room! Are all of the ship controls in here?" -07:23 Feb 21
Gerdon: "Yes." he was facing the main display that held the latest reports on thier target. There was no strict uniform, the captain himselfonly dressed in pants, shoes and a vest as he turned to look at the troublemaker. "What are you doing on my ship?" He was annoyed and his voice was a growl as he walked closer to the girl who had a fient glimmer of familiarity about her. "And give me one good reason why I shouldn’t have you locked in the brig and the brig ejected into space." -07:27 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "First of all, that is such a rude thing to do to paying passengers." she responded, leeaaning back to look up at him now that his unfriendly goons had let her go. Astra thought about running, but she didn’t really feel like getting tazered. That always hurt. She looked a little dubious at his clothes, reaching out to pluck at his vest. "Are you supposed to be the captain? You don’t look like a captain… You look more like a engineer! What you -should- have is a fancy hats. A good captain has a fancy hat." -07:30 Feb 21
Gerdon: "You didn’t pay so I dan do anything I want to you." he said grabbing her wrist and moving her hand away from him. "And my hat is on my chair, I don’t need my hat right now. What I need is for you to tell me who you are and why you’re on my ship." -07:33 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "That is a very strong grip, Captain! I bet you shake hands very well." Astra leaned to see where his chair lie, and was walking in that direction! "I CAN pay, and I was trying to tell your misters that, but they are pretty surley individuals. Do you like money, gems, or trade?" -07:37 Feb 21
Gerdon: "We do not take on passengers." he said catching up to her quickly and grabbing hold of her. "Take her to my office, I’ll talk to her there," he said prpelling her back towards the giuards and then taking a look around the bridge and growling. "Link in if anything happens." then he was following. No one stowed away on HIS ship without a damn good reason. -07:40 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "But I wanted to see his hat…!" Darn it…! No amount of pouting and scowling seemed to make the difference, she was being dragged again. Astra tried digging her heels in just to be extra difficult, but all they had to do was lift her up off her feet. Astra was really hating being short right about now. Once they reached the doors of the Captain’s office, she swung her feet up to brace on the frame, only to be dragged in sideways. These guys thought of everything! "You guys really need to learn how to treat a lady!" -07:45 Feb 21
[Gerdon enters.] -08:06 Feb 21
Gerdon: He followed then in and say down behind his desk. "They know how to treat stowaways." he said curtly before dismissing the guards so they could stand outside. "Now, as I said we don’t take passengers so as far as I’m concerned you’re food, water, and oxygen I don’t need to spend. Why shouldn’t I cut my losses?" -08:09 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: Astra straitened her clothes and rubbed her arms a bit. Then she was immediately interested in picking things off his desk to look at. "Because I can pay you? I offered to pay before I snuck on board, but everyone kept saying ‘we don’t take passengers’ and ‘you can’t bring that on board’." She huffed and rolled her eyes, grabbing something else that looked shiny. -08:11 Feb 21
[(Timeout) Gerdon was sacrificed to the gods of Roleplay by a vicious tribe of rampaging plot bunnies.] -08:22 Feb 21
Gerdon: He growled at her touching his medal, loudly, louder than any normal human could manage. "Because we don’t. We’re a combat vessel, so why didn’t you take another ship? One that does take passengers? He was irritated by her presence and the persistant sense that she was familiar to him. "And you still havn’t told me your name. -08:23 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "Oh sorry, my name is Astra Teegan. You may call me Teegan." Her hand was instantly in his face waiting for the appropriate shake. …she was also leaning forward over his desk, giving him a curious look. "My cargo is a little… large. And no one was willing to accomidate me. Your ship is nice and big… and you know, that is a very interesting snarl…" -08:25 Feb 21
Gerdon: "Teegan?" he snarled standing and swatting her hand out the way to get a better look at her face. "And what cargo?" This was bad, he’d need to contact the family and tell then he’d found Astra… he used to work for her family before he struck out on his own. They were a gowerful group and he still did jobs for them. -08:31 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "And what big eyes you have!" There was something interesting about him that Astra couldn’t quite place. And he sure like to growl a lot. "Oh, it’s nothing to worry about. He’s pretty docile now that I got him out of that box. Hermes is incredibly clausterphobic." Her attention was distracted again. She moved away from his desk to poke at things on the wall. "What’s all this stuff?" -08:35 Feb 21
Gerdon: "Har bloody har har." he said sarcasticly. "Big bad wolf, very funny." he stepped around the desk and picking her up dumped her back into the chair. "Stay there and don’t touch anything." he ordered and to make sure she did he put a boot on the chair right in front of her between legs and leaned against his knee. "I’m going to call your family to come and get you. I don’t have time to deal with stow aways and I’m heading towards a very big fight where having you around could get everyone on my ship killed." -08:46 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: She cast him a weird look at his joke, or was it her joke? She didn’t know what was funny. Then she was dumped in a chair faster than she could blink and Astra was trying to shove his boot away. "My family? What in space are you talking about, I don’t have any family." It’s not like her name was Emidio or something. Astra was now giving his boot a cross expression. "I’m not going to kill anyone! And so long as no one bothers Hermes, I doubt he will either. Really, you won’t even notice I’m on board." -08:52 Feb 21
Gerdon: "It’s too late for that." he said. "I know who you are. I used to work for the Emidios." he leaned in closer. "You’re just lucky there’s no moons in this sector of space." He dug his toes into the chair and leaning in closer. "In the meantime I’m sure Hermes will be very comfortable in the brig. "I’ll get some men and you’ll show me where he is. So long as you’re staying you’re staying my way. And when your family gets here I’mm be rid of you and you’ll be thier problem." -08:58 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "I think you have the completely wrong person. I have no idea who these Mweedios are. I am just a traveler who studies exotic animals." She was sticking to that story. Even while leaning back against the seat trying to back away from him. "And I said I could pay you too! I have lots and lots of money, look." Astra squirmed awkward in the chair digging out random pieces of paper and weird pieces of metal and colorful rocks. Several of which she tried to balance on top of his knee. None of which was even remotely close to legal tender. -09:03 Feb 21
Gerdon: "You don’t have enough." he said removing he foot and then grabbing her forearm lifted her out of her chair and opened the door. "Now, you’re going to leas us to your companion and we’re going to sort this whole think out quickly. Before you get hurt." He pushed her out the door and closed the door behind himself and pulled out a sidearm. "If you don’t mind." -09:12 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "I DO mind, thank you very much! Hey, what about my money?" she was looking over her shoulder back at his office as he he dragged her down the hall. That was precious stuff! Astra turned back to glare at him and was digging her heels in to the ground again. "If you’re going to call them – those people I don’t know – then I am not going to tell you where Hermes is! Not until you drop us off at the nearest space port!" -09:16 Feb 21
Gerdon: "There are none." he said picking her up and throwinf her over his shoulder and heading towards the cargo hold. "And you’re going to tell me or he’s going to starve to death while you call the brig home. And if you do then you can get your… "money" from my office and eat something other than nutripaste tonight." -09:18 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "I don’t like being upside down! You two stop smirking!" she shouted at the two goons, and then proceeded to beat on the Captain’s back. If she was annoying enough he set her loose. "If I don’t feed him, he’ll just feed himself and then I can’t promise there won’t be any dead people. He has a voracious appetite." …and she was still upside down. "Oh please let me down! I show you where I left him, but only if you promise not to call the Emidios? All I need is a ride to the next spaceport and you won’t ever have to see me again!" -09:21 Feb 21
Gerdon: "We’re not going to the nextspaceport." he said. "We’re going into a live fire zone where people WILL die, and I’m not having Hermes wondering around my ship whem my men need to focus on keeping YOU alive. So tell me where he is THEN I’ll let you down. Otherwise I can do this all day." -09:30 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "I left him in the cargo hold, obviously! I mean, it would be sort of silly to let the beast loose on a ship like this. We haven’t any had dinner yet!" So she was going to be upside down forever? This was awful! She was starting to get dizzy. Well. It was an interesting view. Astra grabbed his butt with both hands and squeezed curiously. "You have well toned muscles here, Captain! Do you do a lot of running? I didn’t think running was a common thing for space ship captains being in space and all." -09:33 Feb 21
Gerdon: He puleed her over his shoulder and dangled her by her ankle in front of him, then dropped her to the deck. "You first. If this.. Herman makes any move towards me of any of my men I’m not going to spare your feelings." he looked down at her and flicked off the safety on his gun. "But if he’s docile then you have nothing to worry about." -09:45 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: Wow, he was really really strong! Astra blinked at his ankles until she was in a heap on the floor. Then she scrambled back up to her feet, and stomped one. "Oh yeah! Well he’s not gonna be too friendly if you’re all threatening like a jerk! Animals are very sensitive to their environments. He’ll knoooow you have guns and probably go feral." Turning on her heel, she marched back towards the cargo hold. Obviously this Captain had NO idea of proper behavior and treatment of animals. -09:50 Feb 21
Gerdon: He pushed her forwards and followed closely. "That’s why you’re going ahead, we’re staying behind. If you get eaten then we kill it and that’s both our problems taken care of." he grinned wolfishly as he followed. He wouldn’t really let her get hurt if he could help it, but she wasn’t one of his. -09:56 Feb 21
Astra Teegan: "You don’t have to push." she huffed, stalking down the hall. Maybe she didn’t like this captain after all. Once she reached the right door, she opened it up and peeeeeeked inside slowly. "Heeermes! It’s meeee. You can come out now, the scary men won’t be a problem now." She paused, listened and waited. "…uh oh." -10:02 Feb 21
[Gerdon Is dealing with an annoying stow away and reavy to take of.. whatever Hermes is.] -08:52 Feb 22
[Astra might be a -little- worried now!] -08:52 Feb 22
Gerdon: "’Uh oh’ what?" the captain demanded covering the worry in his voice with a growl and sigalling for the men behind him to spread out and keep watch. "What is Hermes?" he asked in the same growl as his nortrils flared and his eyes flased silver. If there was something among the crates, he’d find it. Gerdon was no orginary human. -08:58 Feb 22
Astra: Astra stalked in to the cargo hold, scratching the top of her head and pursing her lips. "I could have sworn I left him in here… He is far far too big to wander out by himself." She took a peek behind a large crate. -09:01 Feb 22
Gerdon: There was a tearing sound and a clatter and a large wolf padded up next to Atra, and sniffed the ground. Aroufn his shoulders were the remnants of a white vest and one of the men was already licking up the captain’s gun off the deck. He found the scent easily enough and followed it though the crated, ears and eyes straining for anything that might indicate the presence of the animal. Then as he neared the other side of the room he let out a low growl… it wsa close. -09:06 Feb 22
Astra: "A werewolf….!" He was fuzzy! Her concern about Hermes was forgotten for the moment and Astra was launching herself at the Captain Wolf to give him a warm fuzzy hug. "I knew you were a little strange! I know all about wolves, but I’ve never met a were one before. Hermes will be so excited!" -09:12 Feb 22
Gerdon: Was he being… huggled? The wolf’s head was turning to look at the girl and he shook his body in an offort to dislodge her, when that failed he was stalking forwards anyway, ears flattened and body low to the ground… hopefully this wouldn’t be taken as a signal to the girl to climb aboard… -09:15 Feb 22
Astra: Too late, the most amazing thing in the universe would be riding a giant wolf and the idea was in her head in a heartbeat. Astra climbed on the wolf and leaned to pat his head. "I am certain he is looking for food by now. I never had a chance to feed him. Your fancy has kitchens?" Astra paused for a moment to tap her chin. "Unless he ate someone… You should tell your men not to upset him." -09:21 Feb 22
Gerdon: It was too late to try and dislodge her too, there was movement and the wolf dashed forwards, sprang up onto a crate, ran over it’s top, legs to the next one and jumped to slam into the bult of a… bumblebear? Shit! But at least the captain had managed to knock it off of the form of a worker who lay still on the deck. There were snarls as more wolves came running and behind them men with guns. The bear was as good as captured! -09:26 Feb 22
Astra: "Hey! Wait! Whoa!" That was a wild ride, and Astra had to hold on tight. Dashing forward was a blur, but the moment she saw Hermes, she was hoping off the captain’s back to cling to Hermes. "There you are! You willy thing. I told you to wait in your box. What if you upset all these scary men?" Hermes, who wasn’t nearly as amiable as Astra let out a roar loud enough to deafen and buzzed his wings to threaten off the others. He had teeth large enough to snap a body in half with one chomp! -09:29 Feb 22
Gerdon: The wolves circled and the men took up position, laser sights dotting the bear’s chest and head. Then as one a dozen darts flew and endedded themselves in the beast and the captain dashed forwards to grab Astra’s top in his teeth and pull her back. One dead man was enough and id Astra got herself killed on his ship he’d have a lot of explaining to do. -09:33 Feb 22
Astra: Later she was going to think it was hilarious that a wolf was dragging her around, but right now people were shooting at Hermes and she was scrambled to shove that blasted werecaptain away from her so she could rescue her bumblebear. "You jerks! Quit shooting at him! HE’S FRIENDLY!" Ooooh, poor Hermes was already stumbling and hitting the floor and she was trying to get to him! -09:36 Feb 22
Gerdon: He pulled her away, not letting her go as men rused forward to restrain the creature and breag it in the direction of the brig. The wolf pushed astra to the fround then transformed back and puched her up by her arm. "Get the crewman to the medical bay." he barked. "As for this girl she better have a damn good reason for bringing one of THEM in my ship." with Astra over his shouder he was heading away again. He was angry and full of adrenaline, but finally there was order on his ship again. -09:41 Feb 22
Astra: "Stop wolfhandling me and my pet! You didn’t have to shoot him!" She screamed when she wound up upside down again. And in her frustration she was kicking and beating on him some more. "You’re softer as a wolf! He’s not dead, you know, bumblebears only like to swallow their prey live! Put me doooown!" -09:46 Feb 22
Gerdon: "Yes we did." he said opening a door and dopping her into a bed and locking the door. "You have no idea how dangerous those things are." he yelled at her. "You’re very lucky we tranquilized it and didn’t just kill it, personally I’d be a lot happier with it dead or at least not on my ship. Like I said a lot of people are likely to get hurt because of you being here and then I’ll be the one writing to thier families telling them why. Do you know how hard it is telling someone thier son, or thier husband is dead? Now I don’t care what you say I’m getting you and your pet off of here. Computerm open a channel to Emidia command, subject heading, Astra Teegan." -09:54 Feb 22
Astra: "DON’T CALL THEM!" Astra rolled off the bed and immediately launched herself at him. A hefty jump to cling on his back, and was possibly trying to strangle him, but wasn’t strong enough to do more than cling. "You don’t know what they’re like…! And Hermes never would have hurt anyone, you’re just a suspicious wolf!" -09:59 Feb 22
Gerdon: "I know what they’re like." he said "I worked for them for fifteen years." he said as the signal came through. "I have something of yours." he growled at the screen as the face of one of the Emidio appeared on it, looking perplexed as the captain jabbed a thumb back at Astra. "Could you kindly come and get it." -10:11 Feb 22

The perplexed elder woman seemed to understand on sight of Astra Teegan. Leaning back in her chair with a mixed look of relief and annoyance. “What luck. She has been missing for quite some time. Astra, let that man go.” -Astra

Astra: "Betrayeeeerr." she hissed in to the captain’s ear, scowling at the screen. "NO! He’s my hostage! If you come looking for me, I’ll kill him and everyone on the ship! And I really mean it this time!" She squuueeezed tighter and whispered in the captain’s ear. "I really won’t, but don’t tell her, okay? It’s a bluff." -10:20 Feb 22
Gerdon: "I’ve fought med trolls bare handed, but she brought a bunblebear onto my ship and I can’t stop to drop her off at Ganymede, I have a time sensitive mission and I need my decks cler for action. You know how it is. Where can you set up a rendevous?" he was ignoring the girl… it was obvious she couldn’t actually hur him. -10:25 Feb 22

“Delay your mission. Having her returned is now your top priorty. My ship is three days away, we can rendevous at 0938.09. Do not let her off your boat. Do not let her bring anything else on board. Are we clear, Captain?” -Astra

Astra: "I’m not going and you can’t make me! People and animals don’t belong in cages! And your hair looks stupid!" She pointed at the captain’s head with a finger nail. "You’ll never see your captain again, it’s your last chance!" -10:32 Feb 22
Gerdon: He reached back, grabbed ehr arm and hulled her over his shoulder and put her down on the floor in front of him. "I can’t do that, this job isn’t for you and if I can’t get there in time it’s my credibility on the line. I’m barely going to make it in time to splash the pirates and take back the frieghter as it is… if you’ve got noone closer then I can’t stop and you’ll have to pick her up after I’m done. You’ll just have to trust I can keep her safe until then." He cut the transmition and then sat heavily on the edge of the bed. Tha was how you had to treat Emidios, let them know you’re not going to be pushed around. "Now I remember why I quit." -10:39 Feb 22
Astra: "You’ve really got to stop slinging me around everywhere." she complained, plopping down next to him with that same huff and heaviness. "She thinks she knows everything and what’s best for everyone just because she’s the Matron. I have a plan, though! You can drop me off aaanywhere. In fact, maybe call a nice little transport for me and Hermes. OH! Or I can borrow a ship…" In fact, that sounded like the -best- idea. There was bound to be plenty of escape pods and all she needed was one big enough for her and Hermes… -10:47 Feb 22
Gerdon: "You’re NOT taking my shuttles." he said flatly making a cutting gesture with his hand. "And there are no other ships out this far that wouldn’t kill you." he stood. "Thi sis your home for the weak, and you’re not coming out of this room without an escort. Food will be brought to you in three hours, until then do you need anythign else?" -11:06 Feb 22
Astra: "Can I sleep with Hermes? He gets scared when he’s all by himself." Food! Astra was trying to remember the last time she had eaten something. A bumblebear was very expensive to feed. She could always plot her daring escape later. "…can I have food now?" -11:09 Feb 22
Gerdon: "No, you’ll get food in three hours and I’m not letting you near that thing until you’re both off my ship. I’ll take it that you don’t need anything then. See you in three hours." he stepped towards the door and then stopped. "Try anything and I’ll have you taken to the other brig and you’ll stay there until your family arives." -11:19 Feb 22
Astra: Astra crossed her arms and scowled. "We’ll see about that, Captain Werewolf. We’ll see!" Poor Hermes, he would be so scared locked up with all these scowling angry people riling him up. "Are you going to feed Hermes too? He likes meat! Lots of meat and it can’t be dead meat! Preferably it should be cows." -11:31 Feb 22
Gerdon: "I have no cows." he said stepping outside and the door slid closed, then a moment later it opened again and he tossed a couple of ration packs of dried fruit onto the bed and the doro closed again with the clank and buzz of it locking. -11:33 Feb 22
Astra: She pounced on the packs and opened them up to devour the contents, and was immediately snooping everywhere she could look around. Getting stuff open was pretty easy. There had to be air ducts and holes… maybe even the lock on the door would come undone. She was leaning and ear against it. "Mean wolf… good thing you don’t know about my robot! ….damn! Bowser has my game!" Scowling, she leaned against the door and popped a piece of fruit in her mouth. -11:36 Feb 22


Gerdon: Three hours later the door clicked and slid open, and the captain, holding a plate of steaming vagitables, meat, and a jug of apple juice. There was no way he was latting her out to go to the mess hall, and he wanted to talk to her! -11:45 Feb 22
Astra: It took her almost the entire three hours to figure out what she was going to. And more importantly to actually accomplish it. Somehow she managed to brace herself up in the corner of the ceiling and once the door open, she pounce! Stuffing a pillowcase over his head, and once again trying the strangle technique. "I’ve got you…! No you have to decide, do you want to live or do you want to die?!" -11:47 Feb 22
Gerdon: He placed the meal down by feel and knowing the layout of the room, then as the door closed and locked automatically he say on the bed and sighed. "You’re seriously going to have to stop doing that." he said. "Now I’ve brought you food and company. If you don’t want the second then I’m going to use this time to get some rest." -11:51 Feb 22
Astra: Astra remained clinging to his back, but she didn’t pull off the pillowcase. "I wasn’t kidding, you know! You’re my hostage now. And I really didn’t want to have to do this, because I like you, and you’re a very cute wolfy. But I can’t go back to them. I like traveling and finding animals and stars and animals!" -11:54 Feb 22
Gerdon: He sighed and transfomed, his head emongating and tearing the pillowcase to shreads and his body, unable to sit like he was rolling to the side, wnere he still and shook himself before curling up in the bed and tucking his nose against his stomach. Yes, rest, he’d need it in the hours ahead. -11:58 Feb 22
Astra: "Whoa, that’s weird…" She was no sitting on her knees on the floor, staring at him. Inching closer. Closer. Until she was at the edge of the bed with her arms on the matress and reaching out to pet him. Wolf fur had such a fun combination of coarse and soft. "After I eat, I am going to check on Hermes. You have a wonderful fur pattern. Did you know that fur patterns are in your genetics? Those get inherited from parents. Do you look like more your father or your mother? Are they both wolves? Is one a wolf and one a human? Or maybe werewolves are a species of their own…. I’ve never actually met werewolves before, I usually deal with alien species." -12:02 Feb 23
Gerdon: He opened one eye to look at her. Did she think he could talk with a mouth like this? He raised a paw to push the scraps or pillowcase off of his head as he raised his head to look at her. Then he sighed again and placed hsi chin down on the sheets again. He had never known his parents, both of them bad gome missing along with an Emidio ship, but hey if this form kept her calm and out of trouble then so be it. But no, she wouldn’t go and check on hermes alone. -12:10 Feb 23
Astra: He was soooo cute. Astra loved the subtle little nuances animals did when they were expressing thought and emotion! It was so much easier to understand than people. The food smelled really good, but now she was busy examining his ears with her hands and giving him a good scratch on the head. "I see, you don’t really know? That’s okay! I kind of wish I didn’t know. Well. No, I loved my parents, they were okay. They were interesting people. The rest of the family…" she grimaced and shrugged her shoulders. "I guess you know them cause you worked for them? That’s a fun coincidence! Stuff doesn’t happen like that by coincidence, you know, Or at least that is what everyone always says." -12:15 Feb 23
Gerdon: How… how did she do that? He raised his head to watch her and wonder if she has some sort of empathy? He sat up on the bed to watch her, his grey fur mussed up from the bed. he did know her family all too well, they were not always sane, and those who were were… different. -12:23 Feb 23
Astra: "Hmm…?" Now his head was out of her reach. Which was okay, she just folded them on the matress and watched him. There was a shrug of her shoulders again. "It’s not that weird, animals speak with body language and expression more than sounds. You can lie with words. I’m pretty good at it!" She reached a hand out to stroke his paws. They were huuuuuge. He had to be several times bigger than a normal wolf. "My family is pretty good at lying in general, though I -guess- they THINK they’re doing it for the right reasons. Darshanna is trying to send me off to this tropical paradise fortress that is nothing more than just a fancy prison cage just because I am not like the rest of the family. Which really isn’t fair, you know? I can take care of myself." -12:30 Feb 23
Gerdon: She liked touching him and he looked down at her hand. His wolf form was meant to be intimidating, feared and here she was treating him like a puppy. But then she did have a pet bumblebear. He stood and moved closer before sitting and eventually lying down slowly. Maybe it was a good thing he was very good at smelling lies. -12:35 Feb 23
Astra: "I like animals." she explained, seeming a bit amused with his sloooow lie down. The second he was settled, she was petting again. A captain probably needed a good amount of petting if he was running a stressful ship. Especially with her family being so bossy. "I like them a lot more than people! Animals are always forthcoming of their intentions. If they want to eat you, they pretty much tell you right off the bat. I found Hermes at a public zoo, and he was miserable there. They had him in a fake environment, I don’t even think they knew anything about bumblebears! So I helped him get out and I’m going to take him to a very nice new world where bumblebears can be bumblebears." -12:41 Feb 23
[Astra enters.] -12:47 Feb 23
Gerdon: If his eyes had been open he would have rolled them. She was a white knight for animal kind and if they were caught he’d go to prison for posession of stolen property. All he needed when he was trying to make a living. Yup, definately different. Still it wouldn’t be too difficult to swing by the bunblebear homeworld o thier way back. Jerface Emidio could wait a day longer. -12:49 Feb 23
Astra: Astra griiiiiiinned. He conceeded. She could see it in the way nearly huffed and just settled in to bed. "I knew you would see it my way. You’re a nice captain." She leaned and gave him a kiss to his furry head, then jumped up to go demolish the food he brought her. She ate like she hadn’t ate in weeks, and more than once had to pause to cough cause she had been too busy inhaling food to breath. "This is not bad food! Hermes is getting good food too, isn’t he? Hmm. I hope he’s at least giving dead things a chance. I hate making him sleep all alone. Where do you sleep, Captain? I bet you have a very fancy room, kind of like this one. Your bed is nice and springy, I jumped on it a few times trying to reach the air ducts."" -12:54 Feb 23
Gerdon: He shanged when she left the bed and sat up. "He is being seen to, don’t worry, Hermes will be fine, and my room, like every other room on this ship, is exactly like this one." he stratched the back of his neck and looked at her intently. "In eight days we’ll drop Hermes off in the wild, then his survival is up to him. You on the other hand will be with your family in nine days…. and there’s icecream under the cover there." -01:00 Feb 23
Astra: "That’s good. Hermes should be free!" Ice cream! Astra licked the fingers of one hand, uncover the ice cream with the other. Then it too was being attacked, though this time she was taking the time to actually enjoy it. Complete with a pleased siiiiigh and taking it away with her to plop down on the bed next to him. "I missed ice cream. It’s so hard to get sometimes. Do you know what else should be free? Meeee. You can leave me with Hermes, I can find another ride." -01:06 Feb 23
Gerdon: "No, I’m not going to do that. Your family knows I have you and if you die, they’ll be after me." he leaned back and watched her eat. "You’re acting like I have a choice in this." he said keeping his eyes on her. -01:10 Feb 23
[(Timeout) Astra got too distracted for their own good…] -01:14 Feb 23
Astra: "Everyone has a choice in things. At least they should." Another spoonful went in to her mouth and she realized he was watching. Which made her lean just a bit to the side away from him. She was apparently slightly less touchy with human beings. "All you have to do is drop be off somewhere. I’m not going to spontanious combust. -I- happen to believe I still have a choice, and I don’t want to go live on some stuffy island planet where they keep all the old people just cause they can’t fight like they used to! I can fight. I took you hostage, after all." -01:14 Feb 23
Gerdon: "No you didn’t." he said, standing and looking away. "I was never in any danger from you, see what happened when you tried it with the pillow case?" he stretched. "Besides you wouldn’t harm a fly. Now do you need anything or can I finally get some sleep?" -01:26 Feb 23
Astra: Another spoonfull went in her mouth. And she looked to be contemplating. "No, I guess not. Oh, wait! I left my robot in the cargo hold and he has my video games. But he can take care of himself, so I’m not worried about him." -01:35 Feb 23
Gerdon: He sighed. Another hunt in the cargo hold tonight then… well… maybe that would be the last of it. "Alright, I’ll see you in the morning." he said. "If you break out you’ll never see Hermes or you robot again." he opened the door and left, locking it behind him and headed off. She was turnung out to be a headache… a nice headache though. -01:38 Feb 23