We have arrived at the Deviluke’s star system. We are staying in this gigantic space port, orbiting one of the massive gas giants. Here, the Astroboy could dock and get resupplied for the next leg of our journey. At the same time, robots are working hard to fix the damage from the intense space travel. Even without the ferengi attack, our ship still got worn down after many days of traveling at warp.
Space station just doesn’t explain what this monstrous place is. It is more like a whole city wrapped into a giant ball. Wherever you went, you could see buildings hanging down above you. Enclosed in this floating city was a bubble of air that everyone used for breathing. Meanwhile, the hangers are actually built into the city floor. Just like how your digestive system is an extension of the outside world, the space docks exist in these tunnels and were directly connect to the vacuum of space.
We have to stay here for a while. As the planet Deviluke is now the seat of King…or rather Emperor Gid’s galactic empire, we can’t just drop in unannounced and expect a warm welcome. We needed time to fill out all sorts of forms that verifies who we are, where we’re from, what we want, how many of us are there, and why we need to see Gid. There’s also paperwork to document our ship, including what it looks like, who made it, and what we are carrying onboard.
Ugh! Such a bother. I say paperwork, but it’s really a bunch of tablets, each with many, many pages of boxes to check and lines to write. My hands are sore now for filling out all of these documents. *sigh* the duties of a captain are exhausting!
More annoying is that none of these forms are in any Earth language. I’ve had to ask Lunatique-sensei for help. She’s about the only one willing to help me. Mikado-sensei is busy, and Yami is still mad at me for destroying her ship (sorry about that).
Lala, her sisters, and Zastin have already left. As they are the children and servants to the Emperor, they were of course given preferential treatment. I remember how they emerged from the ship dock and were greeted by crowds of onlookers. Aliens of all sort were there, and they were cheering so loudly that I nearly went deaf.
Lala, of course, wanted me to join them in the royal procession. She pleaded to the escorts to bring me along, but Zastin put his foot down. He outright refused to let me through. Foreign travelers like me weren’t allowed to come along even if we were special guests.
Not that I minded. I don’t really care for these kinds of pomp and circumstance, so I decided to stay behind and look after the ship. I watched from the Astroboy’s bridge as the three sisters were escorted into a litter. Through a ship-wide broadcast, the rest of us could watch as they were paraded through the streets.
Well, that was two hours ago. It’s nearly lunch time by Earth’s reckoning, but everything around us have been dimmed to simulate night. By now, there should have been a royal shuttle craft, to carry the girls off to see their father.
As for me and the other crew, there are still work to be done.
Dr. Mikado is putting us through a regiment of vaccines. As we are stepping onto an alien world, it’s important that we prepare our immune systems. This will be humans’ first attempt at living in deep space, and it wouldn’t be super good if we get sick and die as soon as they step onto this new world. Going through with this treatment isn’t really something I want to talk about.
This will be another giant leap for mankind. I am honored to make this leap. But first I have to get my body ready.
This will my Final Entry to the ship’s archives. Thank you for keeping up with me through this journey. I promise that even more fun will come. I can’t wait to explore all those strange new worlds that populate this region of space.
Once again, this Rito Yuuki, Captain of the Starship Astroboy. Bye for now.