another chapter in the countenance of valentines life. may he fair well for all is changing so fast.
My voice rang in my ears oddly as the sensation of hyper speed dumping just out of orbit racks my body. "Computer; analyze system atmosphere."
My mind works over the comfort of being able to stock and drop my own cargo as visual misrepresentations of the nearing planet materialize on the large touch screen in front of me. "Computer; hail U.N.E, request docking procedures, send ID information. Await confirmation to engage auto pilot."
The usual beeping was the only confirmation out of the com unit located on the dash of my seemingly small 20 ton cruiser; my small paws did their usual dance across the board selecting the docking unit for my cargo type. Selecting the sales representative of U.N.E Delta Steel I flipped a few switches and stretch out in my chair as the auto pilot engaged then the rapid sputtering of boosters and whirring of magnetic polarity inducers overpowered another beeping confirmation from the computer.
Standing on the bridge set up for a crew of four and room enough for ten to stand in I stretch my all black right arm and paw high in the air, bending as I do to limber up, then even it out with the other all white left arm and paw. After my stretch I mosey up to a cabinet and operate the panel, As the cabinet opens I pull from it the clothing I ordered from my stock and slipped on the dark blood red jump suit marked as a A.U.F captain marking me as a free trader of the Affinity of United Furs as well as two other logos meaning the same in the respected linguistics of the surrounding trading planets in the space pact V7R; all this means is I am legally respected as a usual trader in the three closest planets in the space pact Valta 777 Requisition.
As a pup I was required to learn of the space pact set into effect by Valta; a worm like being of life forms that had shown us the math needed to become as we are now and begin the life of space dwelling creatures just as it did with the U.N.E a strange type of life form with a body structure most like my own but I have only seen their furless nature in school three years ago and in my exploration of the united web of inter communication set up by the United Nations of Earth. It is sad to think if not for the Valta both our races would have killed ourselves with war before even knowing of the others existence.
A grin swept across my muzzle as I put on my chain and tags, a personal item I have come to like and it has my immediate ID and digital ID card in all three languages on it much like the ones used by U.N.E military, something I have studied intently.
The com unit spat out a different toned beeping to signal incoming com link.
"Computer;" I requested grabbing a bottle of liquid nourishment and stepped back up to the main bridge. "Open incoming com link."
"U.N.E trading post, Delta Steel at your service, will you be requesting assistance trader, valentine?"
I hated when they used my name instead of my ships name, Alpha Zen. "No assistance required, Delta Steel thank you." "Trader, Valentine of, Alpha Zen requesting term of docking, deration seven hours."
"Affirmative docking request granted. Duration seven hours on permit, docking after permit expires will result in fees and charges, legal documents will be sent via inter communications link to your ship's directory." As the com unit droned on I thought of the female voice coming through and considered what she could have looked like and what kind of people I would meet on my first landing at earth.
As I drank the chalky fluid from the squirt bottle I licked my lips and began grooming my fur in the mirror in anticipation. Brushing the black fur on my head I placed it respectively then moved to the fur on my cheeks the right being mostly black from the ear to the jaw line and the left exactly opposite of that.
The com unit signaled incoming message probably containing legal information and my docking permit. After signing my board and returning it I looked up a map of the immediate station, downloading it to my personal com pad, a book sized touch active computer.
Placing the computer in my bag with a single strap I walked across the bridge to the upper air lock, one of two on this ship the other leading to the cargo bay, locking the doors behind me I opened the lock and it hissed violently before opening into a flight of stairs immediately to the outside. Turning around I pawed at the panel and reached inside the cabinet retrieving a small pair of shaded glasses located next to an array of weapons and accessories then stepped out into the high sun and gazed out at the amazing station.
All about me were other ships at dock some I had never set eyes on, pulling out my com pad I synched it to my shades instantly analyzing the origins, owners, and species of every ship and person in sight standing for a few moments taking in all around me I began walking to the port door and slipped the com pad back into its holder. Once at the door I stepped into the air lock and was shocked as the room began falling at a high velocity "COM!: STATION ANALYSIS INSIGHT" my voice became nervous as the mapping of the station came into my vision showing all the parts of the station including a space in-between it and the planet showing me drifting at a high velocity towards the planet, suddenly understanding what was happening I stood stiffly and composed myself as the vehicle slowed and the doors opened.
Stepping out of the vehicle my com visual became flooded with ID tags mixed with moving shapes. Placing the shades on my head I pushed a button on the ear peace to turn them off staring forth and grasping to fathom the hundreds of life forms passing in front of me. This had to be the biggest space port I had ever been to. Suddenly a voice rang out over the crowd mostly constructed of humans and furs with a few others I hadn't seen before.
Seeking out the origin of the voice a female human a bit shorter than me with long braded red hair walked up slowly and offered a hand. Shaking her hand I identified myself as Captain Valentine Zen of Alpha Zen. She smiled and identified herself as a representative of U.N.E Delta Steel Trade Specialist.
I immediately recognized the voice from my com unit aboard the ship.
"How may I help you this afternoon" she said still smiling.
"Uh. Im just taking a look around before I get to business thank you. "I responded carefully analyzing her structure which was so closely relative to my own.
"Ok, we'll let me just point out over here is our directory board there are three columns the left is product the center is commune and the right is commission base networking, if you need anything please feel free to openly hail me through pocket com. im sending you a direct link, my name is Vanessa thank you for visiting the Delta Steel Space port."
"Sir she spoke up again this time covering her microphone. May I advise caution with your personal items there are constant reports of robbery, theft and lost items, and not to profile but, by your reaction to the port vessel I'd say this is your first trip to U.N.E her smile suddenly grew and I could see a few male beings, one a mutt canine fur one a man, both behind a desk not too far away pointing and snickering.
"Thank you, you have been very helpful." I responded and my neck fur became bristled with embarrassment.
Stepping away from her I got a better look at the large board that seemed to constantly change. The price of steel was higher than I had expected making my tail wag.
Looking over the commission board I saw a crew looking for a captain including a male dragon, Analla from U.N.E, a male husky, Zuri from A.U.F and a female human Brittany from U.N.E.
I had considered taking up a crew but this would mean I would have to ship more cargo to exact the expense. Pulling out my pocket com I began my business right then and there selling my stock and requesting it be taken at my watch from my ship and began looking up the names of the crew looking for hire.
After some time of analyzing their documentation it showed the husky Zuri and Brittney the human to be a mated pair set path to my home world A.U.F and would pay more than enough, then a friend Analla with no set destination or further explanation of his being, except that he had studied space and com tech on earth and was open for hire cheaper than I ever would.
This seemed worth the trouble for a crew if they will comply with my regulations.
Turning back for the vessel I hit the call button and stepped inside as the doors came open, this time ready for the sudden velocity change I flipped my shades down and readied for the vessel hit surface. Stepping out I walked across the platform back to my ship were sat two scale baring creatures of U.N.A origins awaiting my return as I had instructed.
Beings of A.U.S home world were from a planet that orbited so close to our own one could throw a stone and it make it to the other planets orbit natural home to the scalies beings such as lizards and dragons, also however strange this may seem the same oceanic have been found on both planets and have never been of warring type even though predatory none the less.
Hitting the panel the security door came open and I entered the twelve digit code to unlock the doors stepping back to oversee the loader operator unloading the seven tons of steel that more than paid for my journey here and were ever ells I wanted to go.
As the last steel beam hit the ground my com beeped and several digits filled the visual space available on my shades making me chuckle to myself before I closed the bay door and went inside to rest first setting out documentation to hold an order of five tons medical goods that I knew went for much higher than the U.N.E conversion rate, working in my favor, And an order to hold for the crew in case I could convince myself to allow the intrusion onto my ship and in my open crew quarters.
On the top level bridge of my ship there was the main bridge, mess hall, and the captain's quarters. Making for the lift I waved at the two scale barring fellows dressed in light blue Delta uniforms and went unseen. As the air lock closed behind me I went to my quarters and set my shades into the cabinet next to an earth style single action 357. Magnum and an A.U.F hand held phase cannon. Hitting the button for them to be itemized once again along with my pocket com I Stripped down to nothing and threw my jump suit and clothing into the automated shoot flopping down on my massive tiger stripped captains bed. I had only been a captain for two years and had made so well for myself I needed nothing more.
Fresh out of college, hardly cash in my pocket and I took out a loan for a ship. It was our custom as K9 furs to make severance from our young with the introduction into the education program at seventeen years age, were one would learn all the basics about every possible carrier. Then over a six year period would be trained to the best of ones ability's as their chosen path or however long it took.
With the understanding that personage was key to survival we as a people had evolved our systems to better the community and in turn better themselves much different from earth law and education which as a 'captain' I was fully trained in understanding all about the three main planets of Valta 777 Requisition.
Laying my head on the fluffy soft pillow I couldn't help but wonder about that dragon. Furs and scalies didn't exactly get off on the right foot in our beginnings but with the bettering of our kind we are complacent with one another.
A major difference between us is age for example we furs have developed a method of giving our bodies exactly what they need to survive through science were as some scalies including most dragons had done this through evolution thus expanding both our life spans beyond our understanding for one had to die of natural causes first.
As sleep took me the world became soft and easy filled with dreams of flight school and tech training.
The dreadful tone of the com unit had awoken me two hours before my docking time was over I was a little upset but hey if it wasn't important it didn't get said eh? Rising to my feet I stretched and moseyed nakedly and flopped in my captain's chair brushing crunchy cheese squares from its top. It was said eating such compounds was horrible for the body and could age you quickly but I wasn't about to start in on the figurative equating of chemical polarities and the brake up of the fur body.
Vowing never to eat again I hit the button for the com unit to recite the message and kicked my feet up on the desk staring at the clock at the corner of the screen. Doga 45th 17825 14:00 U.N.E. I had entered earth time at 09:00 and slept for five of seven available hours. Rising again I began cleaning the bridge, something I rarely had to do but on this last trip I had indulged myself in a few activities most would find stupid, like eating for example.
As the computer began the message: "Doga 45th 17825 13:25 U.N.E personal com message was sent from Analla, subject com, addressed to, Captain of Alpha Zen, Valentine. "Greetings Captain Valentine, my name is Analla. I am a Com Technician and Inter Galactic Engineer, I was wondering if we could properly meet in subject to the possibility of taking my friends to your home world A.U.F in time for their wedding; As well to discuss further measures of any possible continuance of my services under your command."
This was ordinary for any professional bartering a ride but the thought of having such an over qualified technician on bored was a bit disturbing as much as it was exciting. "I wonder how old he is" then with a merciful sigh I stood and stretched again, suddenly realizing my nakedness I went for the cabinet making an order on the panel then pulled from it my blood red jump suit and a weighted metal exercise staff beginning my routine limbering up and cycled into multiple slow velocity full range body movements to reverse the effects of living on a tiny ship with nothing much to do.
A beep from my com unit alerted me of the coming hour 14:00, replacing the weighted staff I sat back in my chair and opened my com unit. "Greetings U.N.E communications directory; message Directive: personal com unit, Analla of U.N.E" "subject commune to A.U.F." "Message: Greetings to you and your company Analla, your expertise on board would be well appreciated, meet me on port before 16:00 for this is the time of departure from U.N.E. airspace"
I see I am running out of time looking to the time gauge on my computer and perhaps it would have been a good idea to have invited them at an earlier time but alas what is shall be as I have made it so. "Ugh I sound like my father." I shook my head and started for the bay door grabbing my pocket com along the way to call the loaders for the merchandise waiting just outside the bay door. Stepping out of my ship I look to the cargo bay and see the crates waiting just as I expected and a loader on its way from across port.
As the operator worked I watched intently taking notice to the intriguing bluish green glow reflecting the strobes and emanating from the tips of wings, horns, and ears that could see over the back of the seat. When the operation was finished the driver turned and drove away before I could even see him clearly.
The hour struck 16:00 on my pocket com and I shook my head hardly about to gather a record on my first trip to earth. Suddenly a disarray of men and furs scattered across the platform as a large green dragon took flight through the open air and coming straight for my side of the platform.
A smile came to my face as the six foot dragon fully opened its wings in a dark green and blue shimmer before my cargo hold, landing while the canine and human couple dropped from his arms with practiced ease his wings quickly disappeared behind him. As they made up to me I saw a group of petrol men making way for us. Dashing on to the lift our eyes met for the first time, I punched in the security code and engaged the lift.
During that brief moment on the platform I knew for some reason dragons weren't to fly in the Delta air space. As the lift began to the captain's bridge I shook hands with the male husky having made eye contact with him first. As he shook my paw with his larger furred paw it seemed warm as if he were recently running. The muscular Siberian looked to be with a full coat and had a deep voice as he spoke.
"My name is Zuri; this is my mate Brittany Rose. The young female human smiled but it seemed much nicer than the lady in the delta port. As I took her hand I noticed her eyes were a light hazel and it matched her tanner color skin. I couldn't recall the other human's eyes. Turning to the large dragon that stood nearing the ceiling I chuckled at the thought as I took his hand to shake as well thinking it was odd that his hands were so much like the humans except for his wicked talons then I met his eyes and calm came over me. I think I would have stared at the strange orange eyes if they and my own weren't taken by the opening of the lift doors.
Making my way hurriedly across the bridge I began flipping switches to open com links and engage air locks that would in sequence, with engine start, release from the dock. Setting plot coordinates for A.U.F the auto pilot began the upward shot out of the Delta air space and away from earth.
"Computer! Hail Earth Traffic communications.
"This is Earth Traffic control. Please await confirmation for hyper jump" the voice came back male and without concern.
Flipping off auto pilot I punched in the security codes to engage after burners and took the moment of immense G force as we left the gravitational pull of earth then held the secondary switch.
"Blip!" as the voice came back stating legal hyperspace jump was about to breach I hit the switch and all engines died along with tracking systems and communications. Flipping another a magnetic whirring noise came and went. Turning to face my left sat the big dog and his sick looking mate both also looking quite confused, then to my right I saw Analla looking around nonchalantly scoping the bridge.
"So you are going to A.U.F huh?" I said aloud.
The scalie answered first. "It is the destination in mind yes. These two have great need of their time and I am merely traveling." He gestured in the couple's direction. "Heh I'll go anywhere but there I was getting sick of being the glowing attraction at the dock. We all shared a laugh at his joke before I stood and gathered complete attention ok if you want to spend the two and a half seconds of jump time in the crew cabins that is fine but while you are here I would like you to know I am a little upset you made havoc to my name on earth but I can understand your obligations to do so when I left so little time.
They each looked at one another then back at me. "What do you mean two seconds" the blue eye husky said abruptly. I smirked.
"He has a new style of engine using magnetic inductive resistance, impressive" "im assuming you know using this in orbit of anything will change our molecular structure." my smirk turned to a look of horror at his words"
"How do you know this... wait no you can feel it I forgot." The huskies comment made his mate giggle. This sound was odd to me but I liked it; her little voice was like music.
Sitting next to the husky she was only a few inches shorter than he but much smaller in size. As she held her stomach I thought for a moment before asking. "Do you eat?" she nodded and as I offer her mate chimed in.
"I was afraid you were going to hit hyper jump without allowing us time to explain."
"Well with his engine I don't think it would be necessary being cryo isn't either." I smiled again at the dragon matching his orange eyes again but he immediately looked away and suddenly I felt uneasy.
"Ok." I spoke out so you eat any one ells?
"No." the dragon alone answered for them. Standing to stretch and reached up to place his claws easily to the ceiling. After his stretch he matched my gaze and asked where did you get the upgrade? Then looked away astonished... but how. It's almost perfect nice!" his excitement made me nervous and anxiety built in me rapidly.
"Im sorry it's just so unreal you could do that." After he stopped talking I suddenly felt calm again.
I took a step back and looked to the mess area then to the human female. "Im sorry did you want something to eat" I think I made a face as I said that. As I walked to the mess wall of the bridge I pointed out a few of the necessary items and returned to the captain's chair and flipped on the cycle for the hyper jump.
Usually I would only be carrying eaters I never thought even for a second they would wonder why they didn't feel the force of the jump. Or how they didn't need to be in cryo sleep, a system I had removed for lack of use.
"It's ok I have a secret too" suddenly the anxiety returned and I Turned to face the dragon as the big husky lay back lazily in his chair as if waiting for something.
"Ok how long do you want the trip to last" I blurted it out with a shock of fear flowing across my spine. The dragon leaned back as if hurt and I felt shame.
"What is going on" Brittney walked in eating something that smelled delicious I hadn't tried before.
"Hahah do share friend but don't tell" I looked to him confused but it seemed no one ells was. Several moments went by before the husky stood up and looked at me sternly. "Alright dog what's up?"
"Ok" I said. "I have a really good engine you're expected in about three months when in that time period would you like to arrive?"
"I should have thought of this" I thought to my self
"Yes you should have... or did you?" this time I looked to the dragon before he finished talking and noticed he wasn't but only nodded at me.
"Well I've never heard of that" said the husky seemingly abruptly but to him it was perfectly in turn" well I guess we could stay a few nights and say we left early. Why don't we just head straight there.
"Lie" said Analla in my head.
I didn't know what was going on, why would I not think of that, how could I let them on board knowing I had no choice but to tell them or why I would risk it at all.
"Well I should say it wasn't all your idea but I think you can trust these two im fairly sure they won't notice anything different." His voice was calm and I felt nervous again before realizing that the couples were standing motionless. The dragon stood suddenly in contradiction to the frozen lovers and he approached me "I am telepathic and telekinetic" the world around me became so clear and all of these visions of life and everything in reflection of its being flooded my mind, "and so shall you be."