As Chief Preservator, he begins each day by reading The Prophecy. It is the final ship’s log by Captain Terelefsky, recorded 87 Republic Standard years prior. He wonders if it should be considered a prophecy or, more properly, a eulogy.
He flips to the final page and reads softly, “…unable to establish any contact with Republic. Decision made to take all maintenance shuttles out-system on different vectors. Am confident communications will quickly be re-established and relief ships immediately dispatched.”
He weeps bitterly, knowing a Preservator should have more faith in The Return than he is any longer capable of feeling.
This story was written for BlogFlash2012 Day 16: Different World