MINI-READ Sixth Installment
This sixth mini-read installment ran for two weeks from 04/11/19 to 17/11/19 which features the seventh chapter of Participant In Entropia by Andrew Jenery.
Participant In Entropia
I re-materialize in the usual fashion near to the teleporter at Cape Corinth. Life was sometimes full of coincidences. It was a long time since I had last been to this sand-ridden wasteland, stuck-out on the north-western tip of mainland Eudoria, the most north-western tip actually being a certain point on Ithaca Island adjoined to Corinth by a string of stepping-stone islets that I intended to head for very shortly. Full of coincidences, because someone I hadn't heard of since way before my regeneration has just decided to send me a personal message, or PM.
He was an old buddy from a society that I used to belong to ages ago, who just wanted to make a casual 'hello, how do you do' inquiry out of simple curiosity. I filled-him-in on some of the recent changes and other chit-chat fodder, but after a short while, he had to break-off because of some event he was helping out with. I checked once more that I had enough mining-bombs and probes and to see that my detectonators were firing on all cylinders; which they should have been, as I had just repaired them at a credit reducing
repair terminal, but you could never take anything for granted these days.
I run directly west and hit the barren coast in a few minutes, then turn sharp right and head north. Sticking to the coast when mining, was a tactic I always used and it had never failed me yet. Although it was generally agreed that you stood a greater chance of finding bigger deposits further inland than by sticking near to the coast, there was the very big danger of encountering something that would end any mining trip very quickly, so in my mind this simply wasn't worth the risk, and in my experience, there were never any guarantees of bigger finds anyway. By sticking to the coast, at least I knew I could finish a mining trip in one piece and still end up with enough loot.
Repair Terminals are green, small, metal and plastic units that have the appearance of antique letter-boxes of many aeons ago and which activate upon a finger print and retina scan ID check. An inbuilt matter reducer allows you to transfer items that need to be repaired from your molecularly shrunk portable inventory and storage facility, into a matter receiving bay. A few further key-presses is all that is needed to bring your shrunk items back to full health, after which they are miraculously returned.
The barter exchange the other day had indeed been good value, my pilot friend had been right on that score. However, he badly needed the oil quickly and he would have been lucky to resell the plasma rifle and Eon armour for any real profit, but it now meant that I myself was now very short of probably the biggest commodity in Entropia. I still had some oil left in storage, but I desperately wanted to ad to this as quickly as possible - and this is why I was here, running along the coast. Corinth had been good for oil before, so hopefully it would be this time as well.
End of this mini-read installment. Click here for the next chapter or chapters of Participant In Entropia which runs from 29/06/20- 13/07/20.