It's funny, after long expeditions, the commute back to Colonia wasn't nearly as arduous as I remember. In any event, I dropped off my cartographic data at Pedersen's Legacy and made the hop over to Colonia Dream. And there, with its paint still blistered off and its registration only barely visible, was my Orchid Dreaming. A quick spin around the local systems and I felt back at home.
I'm retiring the Orchid Dreaming. Oh, I'll take her out for a spin now and then, but she's going to rest in her current state. There will be other Orcas, but only one Orchid Dreaming.
Now I'm back to painite mining, with a quick refit of the Black Star into a miner. I'm finding that the distribution of painite and low temperature diamonds in the asteroid rings is a bit sparse compared to what I'm used to. All to finance the final transfer of my A-rated modules from the bubble out here. Back home.
The first batch of modules for the Black Rose will arrive in three days, so I figure. After that, it's the modules for the Black Star, then the Hagbard Celine, and finally the Nestor Makhno.