Breakfast and dinner.
Finally I got Sol permit yesterday. Made a quick scan of system and found plenty of tourist beacons and 4 ancient probes (well, all known records mention 3 only ...). So it seems I need some ship with bigger fuel reserve then Electra has, like my old Phantom. So I called a guy whom I sold it, set a meeting to the next evening and went sleep.
I slept bad. Whole night had a dreams about RAXXLA and some ring....
First thought on the morning was "M-57" that is how ancients called it. That was gas ring somewhere in Lyra asterizm. Short check up, and I'm on the way to star known as "BD+32 3246" today.
Ordered Electra to prepare some food meanwhile.
I arrived to destination just in time food ready (that was 1500ly only, short walk for my Electra). So I had my breakfast watching shiny blue dying star. And nothing more. No ring. It's gone since ancients pictured it last time. Pity. No signs of anything, except stars.
To make short story even shorter, dinner I had in Tau Ceti on Ortiz Morento station. They have nice tropical climate there with real Earth palms.
Station is driven by some religious fanatics, their "home" star is protected by federal law. Not sure why they exists in times of hyperspace travels but any way, they like to chat, that is not what you expect from such people.
When I told them that M57 ring does not exists any more they were shocked. Named me "The Messenger" and invited me to repeat the story to their elders based in "Van Maanen's star" system. That was unexpected, but I gladly accepted invitation.
It seems now I need my phantom back even more.