They all made their way back up to the bridge. Tim and Jason were with Tara, working on the navigation console. Chloe held Lissa in her lap, distracting her by playing with her little doll. Alexa walked over to check on little Lissa.
“Hey, little bit, you doing okay?”
The little girl nodded. Her hair bobbing. “I don’t like the t-boost. It makes me feel woozy.”
“Me too, kiddo.” Alexa patted her head comfortingly.
She looked back up and found Korinna watching her closely. “Korinna? Are you okay?”
She nodded. “You care for one another. I am unused to that.”
Alexa slowly reached out her hand to pat the other girl’s shoulder. “I care about you too now. You are one of us, a part of our crew.”
“Leo!” Tim yelled out.
Alexa watched Leo run over to the console where Tim was sitting. From the look on both Jason and Tim’s faces, they couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
“Are these the right coordinates?” Tim asked.
“No. Here, let me.” Leo leaned over and typed in a new set of coordinates. He stepped back as the mainframe computer reconfigured their designation.
Tim sighed. “Well, at least now we know where we are not. We are not anywhere near Atlantia.”
“Will we need to use the teleboost again to reach Atlantia?” Nik asked.
“Yes, but we can’t, at least, not right now. The navigation system is overworked. I won’t be able to start up the teleportation schematics until I have the exact coordinates. I suggest we make several small jumps instead of the larger ones. The large boosts are too much on us physically and too hard on the mainframe computer. Another big boost could fry the mainframe. Also, the larger boosts uses greater amounts of fuel. I will need some time to work out coordinates for the small jumps,” Leo explained.
“How much time?” Nik asked.
“I’ll need at least a couple of hours. Plan on an hour for the navigation system to regain full function and then another hour to configure the teleboost for the smaller jumps.”
“Do we know if the Tranzits followed us with this last jump like they did the first time?” Tara asked.
“We won’t be able to tell until the mainframe is fully functioning again. The good news is, if they did follow us, their computer systems are most likely down just like ours are. They won’t be fully functioning for a while, ” Jason spoke up. Leo nodded his agreement.
“Since nothing can be done for at least two hours, I suggest everyone go and get something to eat and rest,” Nik ordered.
“What about you?” Alexa asked.
“I will stay on the bridge to keep an eye out for the Tranzits, in case they did come through the last jump.”
Everyone headed to their apartments. It hadn’t been that long since they last ate, but the jumps took a big toll on their bodies. They were all hungry. Lissa was still scared and about to cry again. Tara was going to try to get her to take another nap after she ate something.
Alexa tried to get Leo to come with her but he insisted on going back with the boys to their apartment. She didn’t want to interfere with them bonding together. They needed that. She realized for the first time that he was growing up. He was no longer her baby brother. She wanted him to be independent, but it meant that he would need her less and less. It was bittersweet.
Apollo kept trying to get her attention. He probably wanted to talk about the kiss they had shared. She wasn’t ready yet. She was so confused. Nik had told her on the trading colony that he wasn’t interested in her, so she shouldn’t feel guilty for kissing Apollo. Besides, Apollo had been her first boyfriend. Their relationship preceded her and Nik’s whatever-it-was. They had a connection too.
Her relationship with Nik had always been a push and pull. There were times that when she was around him, everything was great. Then he would do or say something to irritate her. She admired him. He was strong and intelligent. He commanded people around him easily. He reminded her a little of her father. That was a disturbing thought.
Kiz Jones is now an author for MCJ Warriors. She attended college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a huge fan of both romance and science fiction novels since she was fourteen years old. Her favorite television shows growing up were Star Trek and Doctor Who. When not writing, she can usually be found curled up on the couch with a good book, working on her hobby of photography, or spending time with her son.