After going through the whole beginning thing again, I reached the part where there were footsteps coming up the hall. I quickly jumped soundlessly behind a stack of crates and compressed my body as small as I could into the corner.
The footsteps passed me by soon after and I waited a moment before going back into the hall and continuing my walking. I had no clue where I was going, but I went.
There were more footsteps coming down the hall that was perpendicular to mine. Acting on instinct, I pressed myself against the wall as if that would really help. Maybe it works in James Bond, but there's no way a game that Nigel thought up would be that easy.
And then, the wall behind me disappeared. Well, not disappeared, but it was suddenly not holding me up and I fell backwards into a small cargo room. There was a low thump as the piece of wall righted itself. A trap door. Random.
I slipped behind the crates and just sat there for a while, not knowing what to do. Then all of a sudden, there was the sound of an engine roaring to life and I started to float off the ground. No wonder the crates were nailed down.
Then the artificial gravity kicked on and I fell to the ground. Hard. I sat up and rubbed my sore butt.
"Ow…" I whined.
"Yeah, it got me the first time too."
I yelped and jumped to my feet. Turning around sharply, I saw a girl about my age curled up by a crate, holding onto the crate still even though the gravity was on.
"Who are you?"
She smiled. "My name is Hera. I've been stowing away on this ship for the last four ports. I just need to get as far away from Atawon as possible."
I nodded, Aoniike's memory let me know that Atawon was the name of a small farming planet in the Huricen Galaxy. "I'm Aoniike. I'm trying to get away from my psycho mother and train as a pilot under Captain Leon."
She looked slightly surprised. "Wow. Are you physic? The Capn' has spent the last two months searching for a new trainee. The last one… let's just say he won't be flying a ship for a while. And when I say 'a while' I mean ever."
I shuddered. "What happened to him?"
"I don't think you want to know. Gave me nightmares for a week."
I nodded and silently thanked her. "So, what do I do now?"
"If you're trying to escape your mother, I'd wait a day or two until finding Capn' Leon. You'll want to be far away from here so they don't have time to turn around and take you back." I nodded and she grinned at me. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go to sleep. I suggest you do two. That and rifling through crates for food is all you'll be doing for two days."
I sighed and closed my eyes. Well, this would a waste of money if I'd paid for the game. Suddenly, some words flashed behind my eyes and I opened them quickly when I realized what they'd said.
Two days later…
I looked around the little room and saw Hera curled up in a corner. Hmm… Time skip. Smart.
I slipped out of the trapdoor and cast a cautious glance down the hall. With quiet steps I started walking down the corridors, looking for the Captain's room.
After fifteen minutes of sneaking and narrowly avoiding being caught, I finally found it. I just stood there looking at the door for a moment, then took the doorknob and pushed it open. There was no one inside. I opened the door wider so that I could all the way in and shut it behind me.
The room wasn't really what I'd expected. It was about the size of a small living room and was painted yellow. There was a big oak desk near the window and a bookshelf.
"Hmph," I muttered. "I expected something more… Captain-y."
That's when the big chair at the desk swiveled around and I came face-to-face with a short bald man. He came to about my rid cage and had a goatee. Not to mention dark black side burns and was wearing a classic pirate uniform.
He smirked. "I get that a lot."
"Um… Hi. I'm Aoniike. Are you Captain Leon?"
"I am." He stood up and walked over to me. Even though I was looking down on him, I couldn't help but be intimidated by this man. "Can I help you little missy?"
"Yes! I ran away from my crazy slave worker mother to be trained as a pilot under the greatest Captain in the galaxy."
He raised an eyebrow. "That's great and all kid, but what are you doing here? This is the captain's room, and you can't learn to be a pilot in the captain's room." He smirked and led me out of the room by my elbow. "I'll take you to our Head Pilot, Mr. Marks."
He led me down some halls, where I got some weird looks from all the people we passed. He stopped in a room that was pretty much all just one big window except for the back wall, the floor, and the ceiling.. There was a big steering wheel thingy near the front window and a man standing near it sipping on a cup of tea.
"Mr. Marks!" The Capn' called as we got closer.
I nearly stopped out of shock, but the Capn' pulled me along. He was strong for such a little man.
Mr. Marks was the most handsome guy I'd ever seen! He was tall and tanned with curly black hair and deep brown eyes. His chin was squared and he gave me the most amazing smile.
"Why hello, Capn' sir. And who do we have here?" Mr. Marks asked in a voice that soothed like melted chocolate.
"I'm Aoniike, Mr. Marks."
"You can just call me Thinn, Aoniike. I'm Head Pilot. How can I help you today Capn'?"
"Well, Miss Aoniike is here to become a pilot. I'd like for you to take her under you wings and help her like you are with Abel."
Thinn nodded and gave me a heart-warming smile. "It'll be a pleasure sir."
Capn' nodded and left the room. "Thanks, Mr. Marks. And I expect great flying from you, Miss Aoniike! Oh! Sorry, young man," He apologized when someone ran into him.
"It's okay Capn' sir. It was my fault."
Capn' moved out of the doorway and into the hallway and in came someone else. "Ah!" Thinn exclaimed. "Here he is now. Aoniike, please meet my other trainee. Abel."
I turned and looked and could help but gasp. "NIGEL!!!"
Hey! Sorry it took so long to update! I hope you liked this chapter! I'll try to update sooner next time!