**** Chapter one ****
He had known her for years, since they were little children in the orphanarium; yet somehow Alexis always managed to surrprise him with outlandish and absurd storys. As poor children of the street, the two had been unseperable. Both had dreamed of finding fame and fortune amongst the stars, and setting off on some ship thatthey would one day call their own. But life has a way of keeping you stuck in place. While James had grown out of those dreams and joined the Planetary Defence Force, Alexis still searched for rumored treasure like the rogue trader tales they had grown up on. Her endevures often saw them at this very bar, sitting at this very table, asking him for favors.
James set his garrison cap on the table and picked up the awaiting drink as he took his seat.
"A toast" Alexis offered, "to your graduation of officers course".
"What do you need this time" he asked impatiently.
"Nothing". Her reply was smug and factly.
"Youve got a terrable poker face Alexis, youve already given away your signature tell".
"I do not have a tell"
"You ordered the grog before I arrived. You always do that when your trying to butter me up."
"Well this time is different. There is nothing i need from you."
"Oh really? Then I guess today really is a day for celebration."
Alexis finished her drink and slammed the glass to the table before leaning towards him, grabbing the table with both hands. "I need you to follow me".
Here we go he thought. "And where am I following you to?"
She looked over both shoulders before whispering, "the outlands"
"The outlands?" The outlands had been host to a great battle centuries ago. Mighty armor devisions had fought a massive foe for days on end, and when the conflict was over, they left their ruined machines where they had fallen and left. "Theres nothing good out there anymore. Theres nothing bad out there anymore either!. The only thing out there are tall tales, metal scraps and boobytraps. I really wish youd grow out of this fantisy and do something real with your life."
"This times different" she protested.
"Where have I heard that before? Ah yes, aproxamatly 20 seconds ago, when you said you didnt need anything from me. So what are you going out there for this time? A hidden amunitions caches? Some long lost orbital defence laser? Or perhaps an old hermit told you where he burried his treasure." He paused for a second and noticed the tinyest hint of a tear forming in the corner of her eye. Damnit he thought, now look what ive done. "Im sorry Alexis, I didnt mean that."
Alexis leaned back in her chair and crossed her legs as a large grin overtook her face. "Oh you should be sorry James, because were not hunting something..." He could tell she was ammused by the dumbfound look on his face.
"I've already found something...."
And here it is Brothers, the reveal of my next project. This one's got a story to go with it.