Macy Merelon

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My name is Captain Macy Merelon of Ethelonia.

 

 

As part of the first vessel and the captain to land safely on the red planet, Ads (Administrator) Revelon instructed me to personally brief you on our initial mission.

 

Instinct took control, and somehow, we managed to land the Olympus without incident upon Ascraeus Mons. (First habitat - Dogelonia of Ethelonia)

My only recall were mechanical responses. A Vessel Captain was only here for one purpose: to pilot a vessel. It was not my purpose or Essence, it was a job, and it was done to the best of my abilities, no matter what.

It did not take much more than a standard landing anyone trained on any Moon would be able to handle. It was the terrain that saved us, not me. (Trained on Earth-Moon Team 3)
 

As an AirforceOne pilot for President D, with a pristine 'Open Frontier Vessel' or OFVs First Pilot Certification (FPC) I was selected or 'invited' to participate in the mission.

 

There are two reasons I accepted the ticket.

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An Open Frontier bio-engineer and dual co-developer of what is now called a 'Habitat'. Only with valid altruistic reasons for colonization on the martian planet. Purely and scientifically based. Earth was screwed - FUBARD was the vernacular of the time. (Ref: D about President D, One of the four Earth leaders)

 

The ability to fly was why I am here; my skills as a Bio-engineer only matched by Mikey's aptitude as a vessel pilot. He's my very own lifelong flight instructor, and I can only fly because of Mickey.

Mikey was the originally slated pilot of the vessel. I did not even qualify for any of the thousand seats on the first mission, and I'd be on maybe mission nine at best.

Moreover, now I had stolen his lead chair - He was out! Denied entry, his 'attitude' had cast him aside. He had got me a ticket at the expense of his life's dream.

Mickey was totally blank as I pleaded for forgiveness. We never spoke, he was abruptly walked out of the landing bay - his eyes directly on mine, all anger and tears as mine reflecting total disbelief. I was only there to say goodbye. He was gone and I had become the new Captain of Vessel, Olympia.

 

For the entirety of the flight, I acted with robotic functionality, I had not been in tandem with a vessel's AI this close before and all I could hear was my brother's words of wisdom - well word. 

 

I had nothing but one thought. Fly.

For 6 months, 15 days and 11 hours I was in tandem when a flash on the screen highlighted all the passengers coming out of stasis on landing. I placed the vessel into AiM and discontinued the tandem strings. Detached from the vessel, I just sat there in my seat, smiling.

 

The Commander laughing gave me two thumbs up.

'Michael Revelon, Captain' Flashed on the screen. Somehow he was on the vessel.

 

Commander Finlay, I would later discover had arranged for Mickey to be placed in stasis and sent back to Earth. But a slight change to the manifest by Elton and a very luckily placed hover-lift would give my little brother, and us a second chance.

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