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(A-Z Challenge, read sequentially from A-Z! [Hint: Click HERE and scroll to the bottom.] Or don’t, that’s fine, too.)

“Oxygen levels are breathable, air quality sufficient enough not to kill you,” the plainclothes officer said, “Still might leave plastic and lead taste in your mouth, though.”

“Yeah, yeah, it’s fine. I just need to get to my ship and see what damage that jackass did turning the entire port into liquid,” Ann replied. 

“Be my guest,” the officer waved her to the corridor he was standing at the entrance of, “just be careful not to fall out a hole in the wall until they get them all repaired.”

The officer said the last a little more upbeat then Ann thought was necessary as she made her way back towards where they had docked. When she reached the entrance to the ship hold she stopped, watching the commotion of three, four, maybe even five dozen workers scrambling to get things back in order. The damage caused by the Nebulas Mists was extensive. The entire system where the ship docked was gone. The damage didn’t stop there though. Ann could see that black and broken walls extended hundreds of feet back. Space shown through pockmarks in the outer shell of the building with temporary patches to keep the air flowing. 

The officer was right,’ she thought as she swallowed enough breath full of burnt wiring to make her cough. Ann looked at Mae, their mid-size freighter ship. Seeing the entire starboard side of Mae riddled with damage like she had been through the last war for Enceladus again didn’t surprise her too much, “Damnit,” she said. There were pieces of Mae where she could see into the interior of the hull, but the worst of it was near the main engine she could see part of the drive destroyed by a piece of flying debris. Ann shook her head and went to board her ship and wait for Jabari and Sag to get here to see what they could salvage.

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