We picked up a easy run of transporting alcohol to “The Wheel” space port. We had tried to negotiate a fair price for using our ship, but ended in an argument and a price less than typical jobs would pay. Nonetheless, we needed the credits and reputation. Plus the job didn’t pay too bad, as long as we avoided any imperial tariffs and contact. It was going to be a three day hyperspace jump off beaten path to get there. This would put us in port a full day ahead of schedule. So when we stumbled upon a distress signal from a freighter we investigated. We were very aware that this could be a trap and probably was. Maybe it was our want to help a fellow smuggler, or the possibility of a reward, or chase for adventure. Whatever drove us to dock and board the ship our inexperience as smugglers hadn’t prepared us for the situation that lie ahead.
Inside the distressed ship there were no signs of the crew. Lights were flashing and it was difficult to see. As we made our way toward the bridge, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Pirates… its an ambush!! The fight was on. Two pirates were dropped by blaster fire. One managed to lob a gas grenade next to Nathan. Nathan was then stunned and incapacitated from the heavy blaster for the pirate captain. While Ish was running in circles trying to stab anything in front of him with his new shiny combat knife, Fix was able to get the lights back to working in the pirate ship. This allowed for a clear shot which dropped the pirate captain. Unfortunately in the blaster fire several bolts hit the side of the ships hull slicing open a large hole where everything, and everyone was discharged into the vacuum of space. At least the pirates were all dead…
In a frantic attempt at a rescue Fix tried to undock from the pirate ship, but just could seem to get detached from it. Ish shot a tether toward Nathan and I from the airlock, but with all the debris and havoc the shot had no chance of making contact with either of us. The force was on my side. The corpse of a dead pirate floated within range. I detonated a gas grenade from his utility belt to fling me toward Nathan’s unconscious body. The force did not stay with me for long as I missed grabbing Nathan by only a few inches. I was in between Ish and Nathan, when Ish was able to make a second shot with the tether. This time it struck Nathan. I was able to grab on to the tether as Ish pulled us back in. Fix slammed the door behind us and the peril we faced was over. Nathan was conscious again, but clearly suffering long term injuries from the affects of suffocation. At least he was alive. With all on board again we left behind the wrecked ship, its pirate crew, and cargo and headed to The Wheel. Despite the near death of two people the anticipation of a good payout from our contract job puts some spirit in us.
The Wheel… At least we wont be left out in the cold there.