Chapter 5: Into the Fire
Location: Below deck, crew quarters
Nate Winters ran below to the crew quarters, telling himself he wasn't running away or hiding, but just to pick up his goggles and extra ammunition. His heart was beating fast, he was excited and afraid at the prospect at going over to the enemy ship. The Sky Tiger looked like a flying fortress. He knew enough about Jack Stallion to know this would be a dangerous mission. But he wouldn't let the Captain down!
As he rushed to his locked chest, fumbling for his key, he saw another crewmate running about, obviously picking up weapons and supplies. "Hey!" Nate shouted. "Do you have any bullets?" He recognized the young woman, but couldn't put a name to her face. A pretty face, Nate thought. The lock on his chest opened finally and he found his goggles.
"Aren't you one of the war dogs?" Nate asked the woman. "Get up on deck! We're about to board the Sky Tiger!"
Mei stirred from her daydreams and wondered what the captain's current plan was and who was attacking/being attacked by them this time.Navy? Merchant Cruiser? Other pirates? Could Nate have been just a little more friendly? The good news is the Captain always had something up her sleeve.Slipping on her armored vest,she hurried to the deck.
Nate chuckled and shook his head. He had seen her practice on deck, and he knew staying close to her during a fight would mean a better chance for survival due to her skills. But if he stayed to close, he'd probably get hurt by mistake; she was lightning fast! He slammed down the lid on his chest and ran after her, completely forgetting to lock his precious belongings away. The lock and the key lay discarded in his hammock.