For three days, Michael and Pandora had wandered the streets in search of the parts needed to complete Braden’s mech. So far, they had found most of the items on the list. Currently they were in a shifty area that Michael had never been to when he had lived here. Both him and Pandora carried several parts, neither really knowing what they were. Michael tapped Pandora on the shoulder with a pneumatic tube. “You do know where we’re going right? It seemed like you knew.”
“I thought you knew. Didn’t you live here?” Michael shook his head and shrugged. “Braden told us there was a parts market somewhere around here. We could be close.”
Sure enough, a large alley opened to a clearing with many crates and boxes overflowing with parts of all kinds. “This looks like the place,” said Michael. “Let me see the list again.” Pandora handed him the list. Thankfully, Braden had drawn out what each part looked like, along with the name. As they had found a part, Pandora marked it off on the list. “The first thing we need is a ‘standard size wire cover pipe.’ Ok. How big is standard size?” Pandora shrugged.
“Guess we’ll know when we see it,” she said, putting the list back into her bag.
They spent the next 20 minutes searching through heaps of twisted metal. A few other people came and went, all seeming to know what they needed. Because the drawings were only rough shapes of what the items were, Pandora and Michael had no idea if they were getting the right parts or not. “I think we only have one thing left now,” Pandora said. Then, holding up a new object. “This actually might be it. Sorta looks like it.” She put it in her bag. Michael came over, and they got ready to leave.
On their way out, Michael put some of the smaller parts he had found into Pandora’s bag. “Shouldn’t we pay for this stuff? Isn’t it expensive?” Pandora asked. Michael raised an eyebrow.
“Why? Junk dealers are as common as it gets. Now that I think about it, they’re really common. Almost every planet has a ton of parts dealers and scavs. We can easily walk out of here without anyone noticing that we took anything.”
“Right, but why not just pay for it? Braden gave us a few creds, he was ok with us using them.” Pandora argued.
“The less we spend, the more we’ll have in the long run.”
They started their walk back to Braden’s house. They made it a few steps away from the market when suddenly someone leaped out of the shadows at them. Dressed in all black, the attacker stood with a pistol pointed directly at their heads. “What’s in that bag?” the person said. “Toss it over or yo ‘gettin clapped.” Pandora and Michael looked at each other with their hands in the air. “NOW!” The gunman yelled.
Then, reaching into the bag, Pandora grabbed the heaviest object she could find. Upon taking it out, she hurled it at the person with the gun. The piece hit them directly in the face, possibly breaking their nose. They stumbled back, dropping their pistol.
Michael rushed forward and seized the gun from the ground. Then, pointing it at the attacker, he made a subtle gesture for them to run. In a confused, and possibly scared daze, the person turned tail and ran. Michael went back to Pandora and put the gun in the bag.
“That was actually kinda funny,” Micahel laughed. “good shot.”
“How is being potentially mugged funny?” Pandora said.
“Not that. The hydraulic base link to the face. That was funny.”
“Sure, ok. Let's hurry up and get back.” They gathered up all the items they had dropped during the stick-up.
Soon, they made it back to Braden’s place. He was waiting for them in the back room, the blue light bouncing off the behemoth behind him. The mech had taken shape over the past three days. Instead of a large mass of metal sitting in the middle of the room, it now towered over everyone in the room upon its armored legs. Michael and Pandora came in and laid down the bag and the other parts on the floor.
“Alright guys, with this stuff I can put on the finishing touches! Thanks so much for your help.” Braden was clearly excited. Michael and Pandora were much less so.
“What are we getting out of this again? Besides getting lost and almost shot, this hasn’t exactly been fun,” Michael said. “Unless you made passenger seats in that for us, I don’t see a benefit here.”
“Woah, woah. You know how I said we’d get a ship if I finished this? I got you guys some weapons while you were gone. So you can hide behind me and take out smaller guards while I block the brunt of the attacks,” Braden explained. “Then we can all get off this rock.”
“But it’s not so bad. Why would you want to leave?” Pandora asked. Both Braden and Michael looked at her.
“You really haven’t been here long enough to know anything about it, have you?” Michael said. Pandora shrugged. “When are we leavin?” He asked Braden.
“In a few days. I need to memorize ship schedules in the meantime.”
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