Everyone is up relatively early as it’s another departure day. At least they don’t have to get dressed in their dress uniforms to receive new passengers though.
With no Arvor, Taeva has sole responsibility for checking that the cargo is secure herself. She checks the meds very carefully in case Max wasn’t being entirely honest about their medicinal nature, but they check out OK. Jie loads the hold with her cargo walker as Taeva gives her the nod that all is correct.
By 10.00am, all of the cargo is loaded and signed for. Grim has finished overseeing the refuelling and they shut the airlock door as they await the arrival of their departure slot.
At 11.00am on the dot, Will pulls away from the dock while Jie tries to stay calm as she tries to plot a course while monitoring the sensors at the same time, but it takes a bit of getting used to. Max sees Jie struggling and starts tickling her just to make her life that little bit more difficult.
Once the course is plotted though and the Princess is a couple of hours away from the high traffic in close proximity to the Heaven’s Gate highport, things calm down for Jie and the bridge crew resign themselves to a long and tedious journey to the asteroid belt.