EF-34 Shuttle “Crusader”
Elizabeth carefully typed the coordinates of her destination; She was carrying a single, 2m wide, 7m long cylindrical device. She was hired to deliver her cargo to Leonov Nuclear Station some 2 Light Years away. She was told that her cargo was sensitive, and that she should fly carefully.
The Android could hardly care, the fact that the Government needed mercenaries to do jobs like this spoke about how desperate they were; She noted as to how they placed a scanner jammer on the cargo, indicating that the cargo was extremely valuable to them.
“A Secret Weapon maybe?” The Android thought to herself, running through the pre-flight checklist while standing on the platform; Her ship was noticeably small, so small that the cargo took up the entire cabin space with ease, only her armory being the only part accessible.
Hopping on board her shuttle, she received instructions to move away from the station by 100 miles before warping, sighing in irritation, she confirmed; Pushing the throttle to it’s limit, her shuttle accelerated from 0km/s to 10km/s in under 5 seconds, courtesy of the 2,000kN of thrust provided by her engines.
After 10 more seconds, she was given the clear to warp; As she checked off steps from the pre-Warp Checklist, she spoke.
“Uhhh…Space Magic Maker Thing: On.”
The station control laughed at the last comment, Elizabeth laughing with them through the comms system; Regaining her composure, she spoke: “SPT-3 Awaiting Warp Authorization.”
“SPT-3, This is Victoria Leonovka Station, You are cleared for warp.”
“Warp Clearance confirmed, warping.”
Inside the shuttle, Elizabeth could see the stars getting distorted in the distance, the humming sound of the Wormhole generator could faintly be heard inside the ship; As the stars were distorted, a tiny black area emerged from the center of the sphere, the dark point gradually expanded and was filled with multiple dots of varying colours, Stars from the other end of the Wormhole.
As the spacecraft sped through the wormhole, the wormhole closed.
Every time she warped, the beauty of the inside of the wormhole always left her in awe, she was passing through millions and billions of miles of space every second, granted her destination was the reaching end of her shuttles warp capabilities, so she was going to spend several minutes inside the wormhole.
Hopping off her seat from the cockpit, Elizabeth checked on the cargo, scanning it with a scanner on one of the seats. Her geiger counter visibly spiked as soon as she got close.
It was undoubtedly radioactive, extremely, the amount of radiation it was giving off was enough to kill a human before they even hit the floor; Running her hand over the metal, she could feel that it was hot, really hot.
Her attention was broken when the shuttle shook violently, which was very odd, considering that she had never experienced shaking while traveling through the wormhole.
Placing herself inside the cockpit seat, her wormhole navigation radar gave off an odd reading, red pockets of disturbances through space were present; They were common, having encountered them quite a few times, but they usually weren’t as numerous as today.
She could count 10…no 90, disturbances crossing her path, and more were appearing; The Android braced herself in the cockpit seat as the shuttle passed through the first disturbance.
Each disturbance showed a different universe, sometimes pockets of a blue sky would appear, sometimes, just darkness, or in the rare occasion, the surface of a star; These disturbances were usually caused by excessive usage of the same routes by different means of warp, or time travel (which was known, but rare, in her universe).
Why there were so many disturbances, she wasn’t sure, she couldn’t maneuver her spacecraft, and so she was forced to buckle up and wait for the disturbances to pass.
Looking forward, her processing stopped for a second, and she glanced towards the navigation radar, then forward, then to the navigation radar, then forward.
In front was a disturbance so large that she could physically see the disturbance; Bracing herself, the safety systems engaged, the shuttle systems shutting down, ejecting the cargo in the process and leaving a large opening on the ceiling as she entered the disturbance.