Systems checked the starship Intrepid for the first solo flight across Elf-light 66; the smallest solar system, yet most treacherous.
Albert, the man venturing out into space alone, sat and watched his ship check and recheck itself. The danger, he surmised, was not out there but rather in here; the very heart of his ship. If something went wrong there was little he could do.
The banks of lights before him flickered green giving the mission an all clear. With a sign of relief, he headed for the observation deck where he would give the ‘Big Speech’ as The Intrepid pulled away from the dock.
Below, the vibrations of the engines pulled the cooling pipe for the right front thruster loose filling the crawl space with supercooled gas. Above a green light turned red.
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