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(A-Z Challenge, read sequentially from A-Z! [Hint: Click HERE and scroll to the bottom.] Or don’t, that’s fine, too.)

Quiet emptiness surrounded the Nebulas Mists free floating form against the backdrop of an endless array of stars and galaxies. The ships drives were silent and the lights that would normally accompany an occupied vessel, dark. The cold metal around the airlock of the Nebulas was open wide and unmoving in the deep freeze of the vacuum seemingly waiting for an occupant.

No tenant came, nor went, for the ships open invitation. The atmosphere inside the ship had long been sucked out, gravity not functioning, and any souls left aboard seemed abandoned without any bodies detectable.

“Dead as the day my brother was born, Captain,” Capelin, Lieutenant Commander on the Luna Navy ship Brigandine, reported.

The Captain, Delvine, merely nodded before exiting the bridge of the ship. He would have to go in for a closer look on the Nebulas. He could send an Ensign, but the truth was, he was itching to get out of the ship himself. The Brigandine had received the report of a rogue ship burning thrust in the Luna port, causing massive damage and currently unknown casualties. Delvine had chosen to intercept the vessel who’s current identifying signals were quiet and unresponsive. The drones revealed the name inscribed on the hull of the ship, and it matched the reports from Luna.

“Prep a skiff. I’m going for a swim,” Delvine radioed ahead to the flight deck.

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