A/N: Requested by arliddian.

Ghosts in the Engine Core

Now, Captain St. John Allerdyce had heard of gremlins in the engine core, but this was ridiculous: the border guard of the Surin solar system claimed the life support was showing signs of another lifeform, but the ship itself declared no unaccounted for mass.

"It's impossible," he retorted, glaring at the guard, who shrugged—just doing his job, no doubt, and all bodies had to be checked before letting a space ship through.

Allerdyce didn't see the elfin face that shimmered in the surface of the wall, then disappeared.