The last twelve hours
Ruhk dimmed the lights in his quarters, and took a seat in front of his personal computer terminal. Thoughts raced through his mind. Had been since they’d made the decision to go through the portal.
He’d agreed to the mission without hesitation. He wasn’t afraid to die, even more so when there were lives depending on their actions. The day he turned his back on those in need was the day he would no longer be himself.
Still, he had responsibilities he couldn’t so lightly toss aside. And so he’d sent a rather desperate message to one of the few people not on this ship he considered friend. It was a gamble. With the attacks, he didn’t even know if the man was still alive.
He’d spent four tense hours waiting for a response. Thankfully he was able to meet, if only through text.
Ruhk went through the steps of establishing a secure connection and set up the chat client, just the way Ves had shown him when she’d set it up for him.
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>> Ruhk! Glad to hear you’re still alive!
and you nico <<
>> That’s a… new username.
i didnt set up the account for myself. <<
>> Still, I think it fits you.
He picked slowly at the keys. He’d never been very good at typing. To the Dranfel, words were sacred, but at the moment he didn’t have the luxury to give them the proper respect his time limit allowed.
I apologize. waiting until a time like this to ask for help is pretty low. <<
>> Nah, no apologies needed. Sorry I couldn’t do video. Things are going to hell all over. Communications are pretty spotty. No one knows what’s going to happen. I just can’t believe it. All those people, and those worlds…
thank you for taking the time. i knew it was a long shot when I messaged you. things are terrible all over. i don’t think anyone even knew this was coming. are you at least safe? <<
>> Safe as I can be, I guess. I’m lucky I’m not on Earth right now, but I can’t get in touch with any of my friends. I’m worried about them. For now I’m safe, though, and I can talk. It’s better than refreshing the newsnet every five seconds and giving myself a panic attack. At least this way I can do something helpful.
I am truly sorry. i hope your friends are safe. we’re all worried about whats going on right now <<
>> So do I. I’m hoping and praying. Not much else I can do with the communications the way they are. Where are you?
with my company. for right now were safe, but we might not be for very long. thats why I contacted you. <<
>> So you have a backup in case the worst happens?
yes. we have a chance to help, to possibly stop this. we cant stand by and do nothing, and I can’t let this information be lost. it’s too important.<<
>> I feel honored that you chose me to send it to, then.
you might not feel that way if it ends up coming to you and you see what it is. <<
>> Consider me warned. :)
so i follow this link that you sent me to set it up? <<
>> Yeah. It’s really easy. I already set up a share folder and everything. I won’t be able to see what you put in it, though, until the time you designate runs out.
i see it. Im sorry, im not very quick with this sort of thing <<
>> Don’t worry about it. Just upload the documents you want into there.
>> Still with me, Ruhk? How’s it going over there? I’m paranoid the connection is going to cut out.
Sorry again. I think ive got everything uploaded. <<
it’s strange, when I look at it like this. theres not actually all that much <<
>> Some is better than nothing at all. I have connections. If I get it I can find more.
that is reassuring. there’s only so much i can do on my own, but i do not want to burden you with this unless there is no other choice. <<
>> Don’t worry about it. I wouldn’t have agreed if I wasn’t willing to take the risk.
if you were any other journalist i would not believe you. even so, I thank you. i could not leave if i didn’t see this done first. <<
>> I appreciate your trust in me.
>> You’re really doing this, aren’t you? You think it’s worth it?
i would not have agreed to join them if i did not. lives are at stake <<
>> Can’t say I fault you for that. How long before I receive your package?
6 months, if i do not return to stop it.it will be up to you then. i would not do this if there was any other way. <<
>> You don’t have to explain. If nothing else I can promise I’ll take care of it, if it comes to that. Rest assured.
thank you, thats all i can ask. <<
i need to get going nico. there’s lots to do before we go. I can’t say how much this means to me. if i come back, i’ll owe you one. <<
>> Don’t worry about it. Just try to come back, if you can. Don’t let this mess take anyone else away from us. I refuse to believe this is the end.
me too nico. keep yourself safe, and i’ll see you on the other side <<
>> Good luck, my friend. I’ll be rooting for you.
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