"Commander, you are dehydrated, get some water soon or you will start to have problems" Astra reminds me as soon as we touch down in "The Dive" I have been running combat ops all day. I lost count of how many trips to the battle lines, and then after running them off, back to the Dive to get rearmed. I totally skipped lunch, and dinner and now that my body is telling me to stop and take care of it or it will stop on it's own. I find myself tucked in the hanger. Ship on station power and the rest of the systems offline so that the station techs can give her a good going over tonight while she is in the station.
Syren, my python as created a large junk yard in the system. We have put down more ships that I count today, and we need that, we need to make them suffer so many losses they will never think about challenging us again. I walk through the hangar and head for the closest cafe, I need food and I need it now. I find a little place open near our squadron HQ, I grab a quick sandwich and then report in at our operations center. I claim the combat bonds that I have earned today and it will hopefully go a long way to helping us win this war.
When I left Diaguandri yesterday, I packed knowing I was going to be here for a bit. So I left Bella the cat at home with Jean. Of course I have to check in with Jean each night when I get back, that's the deal. So I verify with operations that I am cleared and released from my duty day. I head over to a nearby hotel as the ship will be a hive of activity tonight with the work going on.
As I am checking in I get a call from maintenance and the python is going to need 3 gun barrels replaced on two of the multi cannons, I put so many rounds through them in the last couple of days that I have worn them out. I tell them to make her like new before tomorrow late morning. I have to get my crew rest now and can't be back on duty for another 9 hours.
I get to my room and get out of my Remlok, get a shower and change into some casual clothes and head down to the hotel bar. A couple of drams of single malt and it turns out they had a pretty nice appetizer sampler that went a long way to making me feel a little bit fuller. Tonight will not be like last night, no squadron bar, no war stories, just me, my drink and food and then off to my room. I am beat after everything today. I just can't really grasp how much fighting we have done today.
I get up into the room and send a message to Jean, letting her know that I am fine, the ship is great and she never lost her shields once today, she came close, but never did. So happy that I brought this monster to this battle.
Time to get some sleep. Tomorrow is another day of war, and I know war, and war never changes.