The remainder of the journey back to Banfi was as uneventful as the outward journey – until they got to Therak at least.
Once the Princess has safely navigated its way through the asteroid belt and Will has safely docked with Banfi Highport, Autumn gets straight on the commo to Max and discusses the route with him. She switches off the commo and reports back to the party members.
“So Max is coming out tomorrow,” she confirms. “He wants a couple of days to finalize some deals he has been discussing and to give me time to find passengers, so he wants to leave on 103 around noon. He says that it will probably be best if we follow the xboat route to Mertactor via Overnale and Egypt rather than go through some obscure worlds. It’s a three-jump journey whichever way we try and do it.”
“Fine with me,” agrees Will. “I’ll book a departure slot for that time right away.”
“I will begin to formulate an astrogational soloution, Captain.” Jie says. She then starts to look around, checks her pockets and searches under the table. “Has anyone seen my pink crayon? It’s my lucky crayon.”
Overhearing Jie, Grim searches around in his EnviroSuit pockets for a minute before exclaiming, “Hurrah!”.
Turning to Jie, he asks, “Will a Magenta Dry Erase Pen work? I use ’em for drawing faces on the manuever engine housings. Makes me feel less lonesome in Engineering, ya know?”