Asking Too Much
By Matthew Perrettwww.firstname.lastname@example.org"Wait a minute, lemme get this straight," Captain Matthews asked in complete disbelief. Jr., Shionand Allen had come onto the bridge of the Elsa with a ludicrous proposal that he wasn't certain hehad heard right, and just the thought of it was making his head spin. "You want to take the Elsaand go hunting for this Lost Jerusalem place?!""And its crew, of course," Jr. reassured him. "We wouldn't think of separating you from your beloved ship, Captain.""But without the U.M.N., all we'd have is normal flight!" Hammer interjected with some dismay."It would take years to get to even the closest star system! Do you even know where we'd begoing?""We have a general idea, yes," Shion replied, seemingly unconcerned by their objections."A general—" Captain Matthews broke off, sputtering in rage. "And what if you're wrong?!""Then we'll keep searching until we do find it," Shion answered in a firm tone."Even if we do, how would we ever get back home?" Tony inquired with grave seriousness."Well, unless MOMO and Scientia can build a new U.M.N. from scratch in our lifetime,"answered Allen as he rubbed the back of his head nervously, "we, uh, probably won't be able to.""What?!" the captain exploded. "What the hell's so important about this place, anyway?!""For one thing, it's the birthplace of humanity, and we think KOS-MOS wound up there," Shionstated matter-of-factly, as if that was reason enough. "Beyond that, we're not really sure what we'llfind. It's likely either entirely devoid of life or swarming with Gnosis, though."Hammer, appearing close to a panic attack, kept pressing the argument. "Look, have you seriouslyconsidered all the logistics of this trip? We'd need food, clothing, parts—" He ticked each of theseitems off on his fingers as he spoke. "Maybe for a lifetime!""Hey, don't worry about that stuff," Jr. said, gesturing dismissively. "The Elsa's a cargo freighter,so we'll just fill the hold with everything we need. I've got Mary and Shelley working it all out."