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Perennial 3 - The Beginning'Thanks, doc,' Kei said as May helped him from the ship's infirmary. 'Lucky I didn't go landing this ship on you, hey?'
'It turned out to be good news for both of us,' May agreed. 'Where d'you want to go?'
Kei looked around at those people who had volunteered to be his new crew. 'I guess the dining room would be best,' he decided. 'But introductions first: I'm Captain Kei Edwards. This ship, who'll be home to us all, is the Perennial.'
An average-looking man with a notably cautious stance nodded politely. 'Charis Tanith at your service, sir.'
'And what d'you do, Tanith?'
Tanith grinned slightly. 'All sorts of sneaky things. I was a special forces agent during Unification: I'm sure you can imagine the high jinks that ensued.'
'That I can,' Kei said, his tone a shade less enthusiastic for a moment. 'Who's up next?'
'May,' the doctor said, raising her hand. 'Guess
Chapter 6 - FirefightKei dared to open his eyes only when the rattling of machine-gun fire ended, and he found himself still alive and utterly unharmed. A glance to May and Razer showed that they too had not been struck by bullets. After a brief moment of confusion, he realised why this was so. The gunboat was a large vehicle, as had been the mule before it had been destroyed. Spotting three people on foot, however, would be far more difficult during this sandstorm – the wind that was lashing at his cheeks was also keeping him alive.
Still, it was only a matter of time before the gunboat dropped lower, or the storm abated slightly, and they would be then be sitting ducks to the Fed's guns. He needed a plan, now. One came to him quickly – not a good plan, but the best he could provide.
'Over here!' he shouted, running back towards the small cave-like tent buried underneath a sand dune. It was not a bunker, but it would hide them from the gunboat's occupants until they cam
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