Ophelia, Farah & Bridget moved carefully out of their encampment.
It was a risky move, Ophelia knew, going on a mobile offensive with just the three of them. However, it was even riskier to stay in one spot.
“We’ll move away from the bases,” Ophelia said. “If we can find some covered terrain, we may be able to scope out enemy units and deal with them without being seen.”
“I just hope our aces actually work,” Farah muttered.
“They will!” Bridget declared. “I’m confident in my engineering skills.”
“At the very least, I think they’ll negate the stealth aspect,” Ophelia said. “I suspect the true test will be whether or not we can take advantage of that.”
Farah thought for a moment. “Well, you said Yuri took out two of them, right? So, our numbers are almost even.”
Ophelia nodded. “The real problem is that, even with our aces, they’ll certainly spot us before we can use them. Vigilance is going to be key. We’ll have to be able to react quickly.”
“Best case scenario, they’ll get into a fight with another group and we can respond based off of that,” Farah stated.
“That would be ideal,” Ophelia agreed. “But we can’t count on it.”
The trio found a spot on the outskirts of the forest, away from any bases.
“We’ll have a good line of sight if anyone comes from the plains and they shouldn’t be able to go through the forest without making a lot of noise,” Ophelia said.
“I suggest making some pitfall traps in the plains,” Farah said. “It might alert us if the stealth unit shows up.”
Ophelia nodded. “All right. We’ll get to work on that. Bridget, see if you can get a little camouflaged command station set up for us.”
Bridget looked around them. “Maybe I could use that big tree as a base and set things up to look like foliage around it.”
Ophelia nodded. “All right, we have our plan. Let’s get to work.”
The Cerberus’ communication system signalled an incoming transmission. Lucy moved to answer it, annoyed that it had gone off right when she and Kat were about to take a break to rest.
“Cerberus, Vice-captain Luciverianna Wester speaking,” she answered.
“This is Control post Alpha four in charge of the current stealth unit assessment. We will be visiting your ship in two Earth hours. You do not need to provide us with anything save answers.” The transmission ended abruptly.
Lucy sighed. Rizands were such a pain. Still, she was a little curious about what they wanted.
“Are you adjusting to your new eye properly?” Angela asked. “Or does your vision feel off at times?”
“I do sometimes experience double vision when I’ve been reading for a while, or when I first wake up,” Paul answered. “Nothing that lasts too long or causes any real problems.”
“Sounds like it’s not quite picking up on your brain’s signals properly,” Angela said. “Some minor adjustments should fix it. We’ll take care of that today and I’ll discharge you.”
Paul nodded. “Thank you, for everything you’ve done.”
“No, we should be thanking you,” Angela said. “Lucas, Meiling and I might have all been killed without you and the Cerberus crew.”
“You all helped us just as much,” Paul stated. “Truly.”
“Maybe so,” Angela conceded. “But you took the brunt of the pain for our work.” She pat him on the back. “In either case, let’s get your eye synced up properly.”
The Rizand delegation was made up of four people. They were carrying handhelds and looked serious. Lucy took them to the conference room, choosing to speak with them by herself.
“So, how can our crew help you?” Lucy asked.
“The member of your team who returned last,” the head of their group stated. “What species is she?”
“Yuri?” Lucy clarified. “Why do you ask?”
“She was able to see through our stealth,” the response was indignant. “We are prepared to increase your pay for proper answers.”
“If you must know,” Lucy said “She’s an android. Her physical abilities are greatly beyond a normal human’s.”
“An android. Your engineer built her?”
“Grace didn’t,” Lucy answered. “We found her in a hidden laboratory run by a Professor Crozier. Even we don’t know completely how her systems work.
“I see. Is she for sale?”
“No,” Lucy answered. “Yuri is an android but she’s a sapient being. We don’t claim ownership over her.”
“Very well. Thank you for your time. We may contact you again.”