It's been a wild week. I wasn't even sure I'd be making this entry a few nights ago, but here I am, so best I get to it. After I left Imperial space for the last time, I picked up a signal I couldn't identify. I figured it for background noise at first, but as I neared Mant for that salvage job, it became clear I had a tail. They kept well out of my scanner range until I had left the crash site, but as soon as I started back for Diaguandri, they--two assassins--attempted to pull me out of cruise for what they called a "polite chat."
I shook them easily enough the first few times, but their persistence almost paid off when they dropped me into a hard freefall in Ageno. I was en route for a data delivery when the interdiction yanked hard across the drop zone and stalled my engines. Emergency reboot was my only option, and I'm glad it runs quickly because I had seconds to pull up before making a mess on the ground. Makes me glad Max has such powerful verticals. I did impact, but it wasn't fatal. Damn lucky. My canopy shattered though, and as I hadn't stocked any life support refreshes, I knew I was on borrowed time.
I flipped open Navigation, charted the nearest station I could reach in a hurry, and boosted like mad to break mass lock until I was able to cruise back up. I limped Max back around the planetary orbit and dropped out with little over a minute of oxygen left. I breathed a sigh of relief...until I set down and realized there was no drydock. I'm not one for panicking, but oxygen deprivation does things to you. I had almost resigned myself to asphyxiating in my ship when I remembered the bounty I had accrued from a nab and run job a few hours before. Pittance of a fine, but the law did want me for questioning. I can safely say I have never been more excited to talk to the Federal Authority. I turned myself in post-haste, and was back on my feet in a few hours with thanks on my lips for light lawbreaking.
Once that ordeal was behind me, I set out for Diaguandri, and once I arrived, decided to look into a sensor array overhaul. I don't like surprises, and near-death experiences are sobering enough to remind you of what matters in a pinch. Joke was on me though, there was a factory recall in effect for all late model ships that was serious enough to grant me a free array replacement. Max was down for a day for the refit, but it was well worth it! The Full Spectrum Scanner is leagues better than that old Near-Field interface, and mapping with the DSS is a breeze. I'm still trying to develop my muscle memory for the new panel, but like anything else, a bit of time should sort that out.
Time to see what I've been missing out there in the black.