Bright blue warning lights cut through the red glow as the Kepler‘s sensors detected an object off the starboard bow. The pilot on duty quickly adjusted the ship’s trajectory to avoid a collision and assume a parallel course to the rapidly approaching object.
“What is it?” the ship’s governor queried.
“It’s a ship, heavily damaged with faint life signs,” the sensor replied. ” I can make out at least three, maybe four distinct sentients at the current distance. They have no control over the ship’s velocity.”
“I need more information. We need another sensor online.”
A call went down to the ship’s crew quarters for a second sensor to go online. A female crew member left the recreation area and headed to the sensor chamber. There were six semi-reclined seats inside the room, each one customized to comfortably accommodate the sensor who would dock with the ship.
When more sensors were online, more information could be gathered about the status of the ship and its surroundings. Two sensors were already connected to the Kepler‘s systems; one to monitor the Kepler and another to focus on externalities. A third sensor being called could only mean a need for details.
Eden mounted the connection assigned to her and rested her palms against the electrodes. She would recline fully into the unit and close her eyes to focus her thoughts to where she was directed by the governor.
The damaged ship had survivors on board. If the Kepler docked, it might be able to send the ship and its crew back home.