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« on: June 18, 2017, 03:23:20 PM »
<Day 19, Gryphon Engine Room, Early Morning @Daniel Gallagher>

It had been a very eventfully day yesterday, Cain got the job as pilot for the Gryphon, he got a tour of the ship, and his very first examination. Everything was changing again, a new chapter of his life was starting. He had yet to tell anyone anything about the previous chapters of his life, not that anyone asked anyways, but he felt like if they knew they might not be as happy about having him on board. This thought had plagued his mind all night, it was his first night in his new quarters but he had barely slept an hour. Everyone here seemed nice enough, but he was very concerned they wouldn't accept him if they knew. When he was finally able to close his eyes he awoke in a cold sweat after yet another nightmare of that day.

Eventually at about six the next day he decided to abandon his attempts at sleep and instead simply start his day. He got dressed in a tight black t-shirt with a pair of loose blue jeans and a pair of boots. He made his way to the galley and snacked on some crackers he found there with a bottle of water, but he still didn't feel well enough for much more. He took the bottle of water up to the cockpit where he double checked all of the consoles to assure they were all in working order, and dusted a little. This however did not waste enough time it was now about seven and the ship wasn't to take off until half past eleven.

Cain suddenly decided that he wanted to go see the engine room. As the captain of his previous ship he had spent plenty of time in his ship's engine room making sure everything was in working order, of course this usually meant he asked his mechanic since he knew next to nothing. Nonetheless it was something that was sort of habit to him now so off he went to where he thought Decker had showed him that room.

He didn't have much trouble finding it and went inside to find a lot of parts that he remembered seeing in his own ship, still having little to no idea what they were. He paced around the parts looking at them almost fondly remembering doing this walk through before. He was lost in thought thinking back to then that he almost didn't see the man squatted on the floor until he was right on top of him. "Oh! Hey I'm awful sorry 'bout that, didn't see ya' there." He apologized to the man in front of him for so rudely nearly running him over. "Didn't think anyone else was up this early." He admitted to the man.
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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 01:20:49 PM »
"Up early?" Weasel asked, the little mechanic shoving his soldering mask up and looking up at the new face. He'd been in the engine room for at least a day and a night and he had completely lost track of time! Having slept there since he had not chosen a bunk for himself yet. Though he had forgotten if he was supposed to choose or if he'd been told where he was sleeping? Shrugging at himself he put his tools aside safely and stood up, offering his greasy hand for a handshake.

"I'm Weasel, the new mechanic." He added with a half smile. Weasel always had the kind of expression that suggested he was up to no good, or had a very bad idea that was bound to get him - and his associates - in trouble. Usually he was perfectly innocent or ignorant of such dangers and he rarely ever learned so remained the naive lad he'd been since birth!

"Not been here long, though there are no windows here so lost track of the hours." Weasel rubbed his face with the back of his hand, wiping away some sweat and ended up smearing his cheek with oil. Not that he noticed, he had done it several times already so his face was already covered in black, oily streaks.

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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 11:42:09 AM »
The man whom he had almost stepped on was a man smaller than his own stature with grease all over his face and hands. The man didn't seem nearly as intimidating as many mercenaries he had met in the past, so it wasn't too hard to figure out from context clues that this was the mechanic, even before he was told such. He examined the man standing before him with a critical eye despite not having the position he was used to and having to worry about who was on the crew. The man looked like he was a trouble maker, which was a look that Cain was not unfamiliar with.

"Nice to meet ya Weasel, the names Cain new pilot of this here ship." The man introduced himself in return as he shook hands with the man. Cain tried his very best to not immediately wipe his hand off on his jeans so that he didn't seem rude.

The pilot wondered how long this rodent looking man had been in this room. He had so much grease on him that is could seem like days or if the man didn't mind using his face as a rag it could've been merely an hour. "It be around 7 hours right now." Cain helpfully offered the time.

"Does everything seem to be in workin' order down here? I don' know if all that grease means ya've fixed a lot or just pokin' around." The man asked the mechanic with a chuckle. 


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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 08:13:21 AM »
As the pilot asked his questions Weasel's mind was already distracted by the work he had been doing. It wasn't that he minded being interrupted it just wasn't all that advisable! On the best of days the mechanic was scatty but when he was in the middle of something he found it hard to focus on anything but that! This was a new experience for him, though, a ship. So he forced himself to look at Cain and to answer him properly. This was what it was to work with captains and pilots and such. He had to make reports and this could be a test for him. As far as he knew he had not definitely gotten the job yet and a good or bad word from this pilot might win or lose him the opportunity of a lifetime.

"Good and bad... the engine is in decent working condition, the parts are good, but it could be better. Like... most would be happy with it but I see a hundred ways to make it better. Make it last longer. Make it run smoother." Pointing at one of the inner mechanisms, one that was tough to get to when the bird was in the sky, he said, "When I get the chance I wanna have a look at that. It effects the handling of the hip and should make your controls more intuitive. We can talk when the ship is at port for more than a day." Since Weasel had no idea how long they stayed anywhere he did not presume to know when they'd be able to discuss it. "If there is something you notice while flying let me know. Might be I can improve things, best to get what you need sorted first, right?" Weasel gave the pilot a huge grin, the sweat pooling at the tip of his nose and then dripping off, causing the young man to get itchy and scratch at it. That of course added more grime to his face, something he was still completely oblivious too.

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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2017, 10:42:15 AM »
The man standing in front of him seemed easily distracted and Cain started to wonder if he just walked away if this man would even notice, he'd probably appreciate it too. He knew as soon as he had asked the question about he working order of the ship that he was going to receive an answer that he might not fully understand, but he was in too much of a habit of asking that he asked without thinking.

He did appreciate that the small man pointed to the part that he was talking about instead of saying its name and hoping he would understand what he meant. Honestly though the answer he received was not too confusing and was pretty much what he expected of a ship like this. "Well as long as she flies I'll get us where we need to go, and ya and the Captain can work out the efficiencys of the parts. You will be the first, well maybe the second to know, if I notice anythin' while pilotin'." He gave the man an encouraging smile.

"Should I leave you be now? You seem distracted. I will be attemptin' somethin' respemblin' food shortly if ya wanna break."


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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2017, 12:26:08 PM »
"Oh... food, yes. I forgot to eat... today and yesterday." Maybe it was three days? He had been drinking lots of water though. He had figured out a way to reuse the water in the engine room safely. It tasted gross but it meant it didn't go to waste!

"Distracted?" He asked, a little confused at first. "I um... I am always like this really. Lots of thoughts, not enough words and time and fingers sometimes, ya know?" Weasel twiddled his fingers for emphasis, his point being he sometimes needed to say things by showing people but there was not always time and words tended to fail him.

"So yes... let's get food. What we eating?" He asked, a broad smile on his rodent-looking face!

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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2017, 09:51:43 PM »
Cain chuckled loudly at the man's quick response once food was mentioned. Even without being told that he hadn't eaten recently it was quite obvious by his reaction. He felt a bit bad though knowing that his cooking was by far nothing impressive. He listened as the small man explained that he was always a bit distracted, that he always had something going through his head that had him somewhere else.

"Yeah foodstuff a'right. Considerin' I'm 'bout the worst cook I know we'll likely be eatin' sandwiches with whatever we got in the mess. I can whip up some coffee to go with 'em." Can offered with a chuckle. He started to walk back towards the door before turning around to see if Weasel was following him. "If we're real lucky someone'll be up and offer to cook for us." He called back with a wink and a grin.


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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2017, 10:00:58 AM »
Trotting behind the larger man (though just about everyone was larger than Weasel, even the ladies!) the young engineer remarked that he was alright at putting a meal together. Assembling ingredients wasn't all that different from what he did every day, right? Though Weasel's tastes were eclectic, even with food and his combinations were much to be desired. Fortunately he was far too mucky to be allowed into the kitchen! The last thing the Gryphon needed was him contaminating the food!

"So how many crew are there? Do you know? Have you seen any of the um... the girls?" Weasel was not there to get a girlfriend but heck, if there was someone who liked him then why not? Though he blushed quite profusely when he asked, and when they entered the dining and kitchen area he was glad to find it was empty.

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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2017, 10:58:48 AM »
Cain grinned at the visual of the scrawny little man trotting after him. His steps were about double the steps of Weasel and it simply made for a funny looking scene with him following behind. As much as he was sure the small man was capable of putting together something to eat the man was not going to let him anywhere near his food unless he severely washed up. "I dun make the best food, but at least it will be oil free." He responded with a deep chuckle.

As they walked together Weasel spoke up asking about the crew, but he likely knew just as many people as Cain. "Aside from you, I've met the captain, and the doc. I've been told there is a companion on board and someone named Gavin. So if my math ain't too far off there's six of us." He paused before answering the part of about the girls. Part of him felt a bit defensive about the way he asked about them, like they were something to ogle at. He especially didn't want to talk about Cameron in that way, but he had to remind himself that while they shared and slightly more intimate experience his first day, he had no claim to her. "I've only met the doc Cameron, mighty professional lady." Cain responded keeping his answer short.

Upon arriving in the mess room they noted that nobody was up yet. "Let's see what we gotta work with." He announced before he started to rummage through the supplies.


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« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2017, 03:39:32 PM »
Not really considering the oil to be a problem he shrugged and decided to let the new pilot take the lead. It didn't matter, he'd clean up as soon as the water had been recycled in the engine room. He was dead proud of that particular mechanism since water was so scarce in space and the engine worked so much better when it had more water to work with. So the moment they entered the mess Weasel got a rag out of his pocket and wiped most of the grease off his face (using the shiny surfaces in the kitchen as a mirror).

"So what do ya have to work with?" He asked, then added, "Do I call you "Sir" or something else?" He wondered, for didn't the pilot hold a position on the ship? Was there an honorific that he'd missed? He didn't wanna offend and he'd already addressed the man several times!

"Oh, I've met the doc too!" He announced and grinned. He'd thought that the medic was really pretty, but girl's like that were never interested in him. "I made a gadget for her and she seemed to like it." Weasel announced. "Though the first thing I brought her was useless." That wasn't what she'd actually said but it was how Weasel had felt about it afterwards. In the end he'd put it away in a box and would probably never touch it again.

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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2017, 11:33:55 AM »
It hadn't been that long since Cain had been on a ship but it had been long enough that he had missed it. There was always a different dynamic with the crew, but there was always at least one odd fellow and it seemed that would be Weasel this time. The man had to choke back another laugh as he watched the small man use the small kitchens shiny surfaces as a mirror to clear himself up. If Cain knew him a bit better he wouldn't teased him and say that he didn't need a mirror, just clean all over.

"No sir or any of that just call me Cain, I also respond to "you", "guy", "dude", or anythin' along those lines." He answered with a chuckle. "We don't have much, but we have bread and some cheese, so grilled cheese it is." The man announced as he started to remove the items from the shelves. It wouldn't taste the best because the cheese had been preserved in such a way that it would store without a fridge and after that it never tasted the same, but it would do. He started to work as he listened to the other man.

Of course Weasel had met Cammy, all crew was required to have a check up after all, but he didn't like the way the man got so excited about it. He had no reason to feel that way so he kept it to himself as he continued to listen. So this man was an inventor of some kind, that was interesting to note. "What kind of gadgets do ya make? What kinda gadget did the doc need, dun she already have loads of gadgets in there?" He asked out of curiosity, an so that he wasn't cooking in an awkward silence.


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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2017, 02:04:29 PM »
"Oh all kinds of things!" Weasel announced excitedly. Though whether he was excited about talking about his gadgets or the grilled cheese was hard to discern since he'd taken a humongous sniff of the grill before speaking! Truly he loved cheese so it was likely a mix of these things, or just generally he was an excitable kinda guy. Digging into his pockets he grabbed a hold of several small things and then spilled them on the counter. There were all kinds of tin things displayed, everything from boiled sweets and their wrappers to nuts and bolts and tiny screwdrivers! What the young man picked out was what looked like golden rings soldered together (which was exactly what they were!). Showing Cain the gadget he summoned Genju and then showed him the ring.

"She would have put this on and then been able to control it. It's a multi tool system that could have aided her in surgery and repairs as well as act as a diagnostic tool. I know she has a lot of gadgets but this one would have replaced half of them. I didn't realise she wasn't a doctor though, so she said something that monitors hearts and rates and stuff would be better so am making that instead." His words all seemed to spill out of him at once as if the young engineer had never been taught about punctuation! It was out of excitement and a bit of humiliation too, for he had to admit he had not impressed a girl he thought was pretty.

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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2017, 11:55:20 AM »
Cain worked the ingredients around until they resembled something close to a grilled cheese and started cooking them. Knowing that the scrawny man behind him was likely very hungry and he could eat a few of these himself he decided to make a decent number of sandwiches. He had the first two almost done when Weasel responded seemingly very excited to talk about his inventions. He heard a small clattering sound as the man empty his pockets of small metal objects onto the table.

Turning around the man placed the first two grilled cheese on plate before looking at the object the man held. He listened to him explain that the ring in his hand would be used to control some multi-tool that would have helped Cam in the med-bay. It was evident that Weasel had not had the same first encounter with the medic if he had not been informed early on that she was not a doctor, a fact Cain had learned in minutes of meeting her. "That's a pretty shiny, fancy contraption ya got there."

He moved the plate over to the table for the man to start eating before returning to make more. "What brought ya on board the ship Weasel? Not for the money surely?" The man asked to make small talk.
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Re: Moving Parts
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2017, 04:20:43 PM »
While shoving the food in his face Weasel almost choked when asked about his reasons for joining. It wasn't that it was anything bad, really, it was just he was sort of on the run from a very bad ex employer. Silas saw Weasel as his property and that everything the young man created was his to exploit, to sell. It meant that leaving had been difficult, logistically so. He'd had to run away from home essentially. So when he choked it was because he was afraid that lying to Cain would be bad, but if he told the truth the man might sell him out to the captain who might think it was less hassle to just give Weasel back.

Weasel was no liar though, so he wiped away the tears (mostly caused by choking) and swallowed hard.

"I um...I needed to get away from my old employer. He kinda used me to make things that he sold for a lot of money. New gadgets, some illegal stuff too. I just... I just wanted to see the verse and work on a ship in the Black." The young engineer explained.

"I don't mean to cause no-one any trouble. I hope the captain won't be mad." Like a hurt puppy he put the rest of the food down on the plate and looked sadly towards the bridge where he assumed the captain would be.

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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2017, 11:31:07 AM »
Cain hadn't expected his question to startle the poor mechanic so much that he couldn't swallow his food properly. He admitted to himself that that might have been a over-the-line question for someone who was working on a morally grey mercenary ship. He made a mental note to not ask that of everyone he met, he was sure there were would be many people who would not want to answer that, and might even get angry at him for asking.

The pilot had been about to open his mouth to apologize and tell him that he didn't have to answer the question when he responded. "Yeah people are good at exploitin' others' talents. I'm sure the cap don't mind, if he did I doubt ya'd be sittin' here right now." Cain answered the man trying to reassure him of his position, despite having no idea if his words were true or not.

The man finished making the grilled cheeses and brought the heaping plate over and joined the smaller man at the table. He grabbed the top one and started munching on it silently hoping that Weasel didn't ask him a the question in return. "Where in the black ya most hopin' to see?" He asked to make small talk.


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