Fara i Viking - Chapter 7
Chapter VII Onward and Upward
The maintenance that Berwald had to do on the ship was taking longer than anticipated. At least, it was taking longer than Mathias, Aleksander and Eiríkur had anticipated. It might have had something to do with how Tino kept disappearing down into the engine room for hours at a time to distract the engineer from his work with idle conversation.
Tino realized this after a few days and so made a conscious effort not to distract the engineer any more. Because while he was rather happy with the planet they had decided to set down on, the others did not quite share his love of the cold weather. On the fifth day of their stay, instead of heading down to spend a few hours with Berwald when he became bored, Tino took up his rifle and some empty bottles and cans from their garbage and set up a make shift shooting range for himself. Two crates from the cargo hold were dragged out into the snow and set up a fair distance from the ship, and atop them Tino
Fara i Viking - Chapter 6
Chapter VI Ice Locked
The impact rocked through the whole vessel, vibrating through the walls and floor like an earthquake. Too focused on getting to his station as quickly as possible to defend them, Tino did not have time to grab onto something to steady himself. As the ship lurched sideways he stumbled, loosing his footing, and his arms flailed in vain to find something to grab onto. The little gunman prepared himself for a hard hit on the rough flooring, but it never came. Instead a strong arm wrapped around his waist and lifted him entirely off the ground. It was so unexpected it frightened him more than the fall had and Tino let out an embarrassingly feminine yelp of alarm.
But nothing bad happened. There was no pain except the discomfort of the arm around his waist holding him perhaps a little too tightly and Tino slowly realized that he was safe. He had been saved from what probably would
Fara i Viking - Chapter 5
Chapter V Into the Fire
Their days on the Chariot space station were limited. Now that they had a plan, a mission, a goal, there was no reason to linger longer than they needed. No reason except to enjoy the rare chance to sleep in a proper bed and interact with different people. Still, the five men of the Hofvar stayed at the space station only five days before bidding farewell to their friends who called it home and climbing aboard their ship again.
Mathias was sad to go, but excited to start off on their new mission. As they packed their new supplies into the cargo hold he was practically bouncing with excitement. "Aleks, Aleks, Aleks," he chanted like an overexcited child as he stacked crates of canned food. "Where are we going first?"
"Muspellheim," Aleksander replied, his voice distinctively unemotional as he worked on strapping down the new cargo. "Although we'll have to take a bit of a detour to get there from here."
"What? Why?" Mathais asked, dropping a little b
Fara i Viking - Chapter 4
Chapter IV Based on Legends
When Tino woke the next morning he was distinctly warmer and more comfortable than he remembered being when he had gone to sleep. A comfortable heavy weight rested across his shoulders and whatever he was cuddled against was emitting a fair amount of heat. At first, Tino was not certain he actually wanted to get up, he was so much more comfortable than ship beds usually allowed. He was warm, cozy. But the logical part of his mind wondered what had changed since he had gone to sleep. Then he remembered that he had gone to sleep in the same bed as Berwald. Instantly Tino's eyes shot open. It took a moment for them to adjust to the light the lights were turned on now and focus on the object in front of him. When they did he nearly screamed.
No more than a few centimeters from him was Berwald. His face shadowed by the overhead lights, but obviously still asleep. Tino had to clamp a hand over his mouth to keep from letting out any soun
Fara i Viking - Chapter 3
Chapter III The Chariot
The Chariot was a roving space station of unknown origin. The stories were that it was a former scientific station that had been either taken over by pirates or the crew had mutinied against the government overseers, depending who you talked to. All that really mattered was that now it was independent, a world all its own, and answered to no one. Because of this it was a refuge to pirates and outlaws from all over the galaxy.
It had once been a magnificent thing, but had fallen into disrepair now that its residents were the dregs of society. It had been at the center of some nasty firefights and victim to more than a few aimlessly floating pieces of space debris. The once immaculate outer hull was scratched, burned and patched up. The original name and insignia of the vessel had faded and scratched off so that only a few halves of letters remain. Now there were no obvious identifying features to the spac
Fara i Viking - Chapter 2
Chapter II Shopping Trip
They sailed on for a week before crossing paths with anyone. That was not terribly uncommon; this part of the galaxy was sparsely populated. What was surprising was that the first vessel they crossed paths with was a supply ship. Headed for one of the farther colonies, doubtlessly. Cargo ships were easy to spot, identifiable light-years away. They were fat bellied things, like an obese fish, with the tiny flight deck and windows at the front and the large cargo holds below and behind. It was a hideous design, really, but functional. As soon as the shape showed up on the Hofvar's sensors Mathias called an all stop to plan their attack.
Even a year later Tino still was not entirely comfortable raiding innocent merchants for supplies. But he went along with it now because he knew that was the way they had to live. He knew Mathias had absolutely no qualms with it at all. The man was born for this lifestyle of chaos and marauding, and that made him per