SashaMerideth - What dreams may come Rosy looked around, she was in her charging station, the conclusions were that she must have been placed there by her roommate, Sarah. Rosy’s internal reserves sat at fifteen percent, not quite enough to move, but enough to maintain core functions. “No, stay put Rosy. Thank you for staying with me last night. You need to get charged up for today. Can’t have you shutting down while on duty.” Sarah said. She then smiled at Rosy, and went back to reading. “What are you reading?” Rosy asked, her voice was slow and a bit slurred. The fine motors that made her speak using the same mechanisms as a human took more control than her central power core could afford. “It’s just a map of the local region. We’re going to need to come out of five dimensional space soon, we just don’t have enough data. We’ll have to map the region the old fashioned way, and I just have this feeling that there’s a bit of curled up space somewhere nearby that can get us past the next thirty or so light years of space. I just need to find it.” Thirty percent. Rosy now had full motor control. “Sarah, it is going to be another few hours before I am fully charged, and I won’t actually be needed until tomorrow. Is there any form you would like me to take?” “No Rosy. I think you look fine. We’ve yet to deal with yesterday’s... unpleasantries. Just stay as you are, and make sure to top up those batteries of yours.” Sarah smiled at the automaton, and made her way to the bridge. While on route, she bumped into one of the other few crewmwmbers. “Lieutenant Handon.” She said politely. He just scowled at her, and stormed off. When she was fifteen feet from the bridge, the floor began to shake. Mildly at first, but by the time she was on the bridge the vibrations were far stronger than normal when exiting five dimensional space. The Captain was shouting for order, and Sarah ran to her navigational console and sat down. “Ensign Norba, I hope you are as good in normal space as you...” The Captain was interrupted by a heavy jolt as the ship entered three dimensional space. Sarah reacted quickly, and banked the ship, putting the sublight engines on full burn, and swung in a spiral. The engine exhaust passed within ten meters of another ship, scorching its hull and blistering the crude paintwork. As she turned the ship to bring it to a halt, the captain shouted, “Ensign! Get us out of here as fast as you can. We’re in no state to dance.” With a quick nod, Sasha pushed the engines over their rated capacity, and passed directly over the burnt ship in front of them. In a few seconds, they had reached fifty percent of light speed, and were barreling away from the ship. Eighty percent, it would have to do. Rosy bolted out of her charging station and on to the bridge. She pushed her actuators beyond recommended operating parameters, one was complaining of an imminent failure, but Rosy reached the bridge three times faster than any human could. She took to her station and looked down the viewer interface then said “The ship is closing at ten percent of light speed. It will intercept us in approximately seventy three seconds if we do not enter extra-dimensional space.” “I can feel it ahead. Prepping for entry in ten seconds... five seconds.. Two. One.” The ship shuddered and was traveling through a spiral course,jolting everyone around roughly. Three seconds later, the ship abruptly entered normal space, spinning quickly on all three axis, Sasha was thrown from her chair, and into Rosy. She felt Rosy’s strong arms grab her, and hold her tight, too tight. A rib snapped, and Sasha screamed in pain. “Get this damn ship under control!” The Captain shouted, struggling to stay in his own chair. The ship’s autonavigation system kicked in, and brought the spinning to manageable levels. Rosy laid Sarah down on the deck, and took her station, while Lieutenant Handon arrived to see to Sarah’s injury. “Do I have to do everything myself?” The Captain shouted, and took a seat at Navigation. “Where the hell are we? Ensign, where has this wormhole taken us?” Sarah didn’t have time to answer. They were joined by the second ship, greeting them with a barrage of explosive tipped projectiles and a well placed missile that shut down the main drive. The Captain hit a button on the navigation console and said, “This is Captain...” “Shut up!” A loud, gravely voice boomed. “I am Captain Kral of the Pirate Allegiance. Your ship is mine now. If ya get any bright ideas, yer dead! Filthy Earthers.” The intercom was filled with static for a moment before the Captain shut off the communication link. “What is our status?” The Captain said. Rosy checked with the computer and responded, “Sublight engines are dead, but reparable. Multi-dimensional engines at eighty percent power and charging. No damage to the exterior. The Pirate ship is armed primarily with missiles and explosive tipped projectile weapons. Missiles are capable of breaching our hull, projectiles are harmless. Commencing tactical analysis of the Pirate Ship. This will take approximately three hundred twelve seconds.” “Five minutes... Handon, how is she?” The Captain asked. “She’ll live” Handon replied, and left Sarah to stand on her own. “Her rib isn’t completely broken, and she’s on painkillers and stims.” “I can keep going Sir.” Sarah said to the Captain. She gently took her position back from the Captain, and checked over her readings. After a moment she said, “Captain, I know where we are. We’re about two light years closer to Earth. If we keep drifting at this pace for ten minutes, we will be on top a weak spot that we can crack open and squeeze through. We’ll have to...” The ship jolted and the ship’s airlock alarm went off. “They’re boarding us. I doubt they will let us live.” The Captain said. Rosy typed something into her computer terminal and ran from the bridge. She secured the bridge door before anyone could even ask where she was going. “What the hell?” The Captain said as Sarah went to the Science Station. “Captain, she finished her tactical analysis. That pirate ship can take everything our defense systems can throw at it, except for a few places. It looks like there are parts of other ships welded on, and not all of these will withstand our fire. She’s programmed some maneuvers, and I can execute them if we can get loose of them. Main engines are offline, but I still have maneuvering thrusters. Do we do it?” “Yes, if we ever get the chance. Where did Rosy go? Did she say?” “Yes, there’s a message, and a countdown... Sir, the countdown is to execute these maneuvers... We’ve got three minutes.” “Where is that robot?” The Captain demanded. At the airlock, four pirates had just stepped onto the ship, armed with crude projectile weapons and cutlasses. Rosy stopped ten meters from the group as one more man exited the airlock. “Well hey there girlie..er..” this man said. He lifted his black eye patch to reveal a poorly fitted cybernetic eye. The flesh around it was putrid and infected, and the cybernetic eye stuttered until the pirate struck it. “Ow! Now you robot. Are ye going ta surrender this here ship to us or are ye gonna die?” “No.” Rosy responded. “No aint an answer. You two up front. I want this robots eyes, get em fer me.” Seventy percent. The two men put their guns away and charged with their cutlasses drawn. The first overshot Rosie, and was thrown back through twelve meters at the Captain. With a quick movement, he ducked his pirate minion, and stood to watch the second attack. The second man swung once, Rosy raised her arm defensively and the cutlass sliced into her naturaskin, and stopped at her skeleton. With her other arm, she grabbed his sword arm and crushed the bones with a quick squeeze. With a twist of the arm, she spun the pirate around, grabbed the back of his neck with her free hand, and snapped his neck. He slumped to the ground, dead. Sixty percent. Rosy was not designed for combat, and she had not expected five pirates. The pirate with the cybernetic eye said, “As Captain of this ship, I am offering you a place on my crew. You will make a fine replacement for these two incompetents.” Rosy said, “Sorry boys, you’re out of my league. She advanced on the airlock, and the pirate captain sent his other two men to her. The first had his windpipe crushed by a sharp blow, he would die in a short time drowning on his own blood. The second was more of a challenge. He moved quickly, and got behind Rosy. She was knocked down by a powerful blow that buckled her metal spine. This pirate laughed, and landed another blow that dented Rosy’s skull. “Your ship will perish, weak robot. You should have seen the battle robot that I got these arms off of. it was...” He collapsed to the ground as Rosy pulled one of his ankles up, then broke his leg. His screams were muffled as she took his cutlass and shoved it into his mouth, separating most of his head from the rest of his body. Forty five percent. “If this were an all human crew, you would have stood a chance.” Rosy said as she bore down on the pirate captain. He grabbed her arm, but couldn’t unbalance her. She could feel her metallic skeleton bending under his cybernetically enhanced strength. She pushed forward hard, he had one human leg, but the other would not budge. He started leaning back, as she pushed harder. Thirty percent. Rosy was losing her fine motor functions and several actuators had failed. Her android frame had never been so badly punished but if she could just get this captain to the other side of the airlock... Twenty percent. He was laughing at her now. “Yer a feisty android. Stronger than I thought you would be. Ya won’t be worth scrap when I am done with yer.“ The captain picked up Rosy and threw her against the wall, and she collapsed. Fifteen percent. Her environment sensors were giving out. The captain took a step forward, but it was with his cybernetic leg. Rosy charged, and the pirate captain was bowled over backwards. Rosy started to crawl back towards her side of the ship, just as her feet were on her ship, the pirate captain grabbed her and shouted, “Yer mine now wench!” On the bridge, the countdown timer hit zero, and the airlock slammed shut. The pirate ship was not set a signal notifying it of the emergency procedure. Docking clamps exploded, pushing the two ships apart, the pirate ship vented atmosphere for five seconds before its airlock shut, but my then the pirate captain was floating in the vacuum between the two ships. Sarah, executed the maneuvers exactly as Rosy had programmed. The pirate ship began venting where he defensive cutting lasers struck, and the force of the air escaping soon tore the pirate ship to pieces. “Well done Ensign” the Captain praised Sarah. Can you get us out of here in case any of their friends show up?” “In two minutes, we will automatically enter five dimensional space... I need to find Rosy.” She ran from the bridge as her Captain began to protest. She was at the airlock moments later, among the dead pirates, she found Rosy, powered down and hanging upside down from the center of the airlock. The airlock had sheared off her legs, just above the kneecaps. Hydraulic fluid oozed out around the crushed section, and ran down the airlock doors. The Captain caught up to Sarah as she broke down and started crying, collapsed on the floor. The Captain looked over the scene, and decided it would be prudent to come back later and to help someone else dislodge Rosy from the airlock. He had read Rosy’s message to Sarah, even though he knew it was a private communication. Sarah needed time to be with Rosy, no matter what.