I couldn’t keep running any longer.
Mikka and the other members of the XSS Savior stood on a stage, each of them receiving various medals to commend their service and bravery in the Rainbow Star Mission. They saved the entire crew of every ship of the Grand Thylium Fleet from being turned into fictional characters for some demented being’s stories, and while the psychological counseling cost for so many affected soldiers proved to be strenuous, it was much better than having lost an entire navy.
Mikka stood in front of a podium to give a speech.
“Why, this is one of the greatest specimens of potential extraterrestrial sentience I have ever seen,” said Minister Malorious, leader of the planet Veicion and one of the foremost scholars in this quadrant.
The XSS Savior’s engines were depleted, and the monster captured from Dexon-C was currently rampaging in the cargo hold, but the seven women in the crew were more than glad to be back. Koin locked Wins into a hug, both of them crying, though Wins’s crying was much more than tearful joy.
PART THREE HOMECOMING
The women of the XSS Savior phased back into reality, entering the platform in the middle of the Rainbow Star.
Wins was the only one in despair; Sor simply disappeared without notice, falling into whatever had become of the author’s mind.
Koin was the member of the XSS Savior who struck my greatest fancy. She was a brilliant mechanic, looked amazing in a dress, and could speak to my intellect quite a bit better than most of the crew. She was not as unapproachable as Yvanetta, so I was able to ask her out on a date much more easily than otherwise.