Almost 24 hours later we were hailed by the Zodiark 8. The memory stick that Drake had left behind was enough to warrant a 250,000 credits. Drake insisted that Joseph be able to visit his parents. After a long moment the Chosen said that Joseph could have his visitation as the payment for the former packet. The Captain agreed to it and we returned to the Zodiark 8. After the information was delivered and verified Joseph’s parents were brought on board. He showed them around the ship which felt like a very short tour so I suggested we have a family dinner. Joseph seemed thrilled at the idea of having family and space family all together in one place.
Reflecting on dinner I know I did not behave well. Drake and I did a good job upsetting Joseph by going after his father who was aloof the whole time. He was a nasty man who was so blinded by his false faith that he couldn’t see the truth before him, that Joseph is an incredibly brilliant engineer, despite his disadvantage, who wouldn’t intentionally hurt a fly. Our comments caused his father to say some unkind things including the reason that Joseph was banished. A man was killed while Joseph was working on a machine. From the way his father described it Joseph purposely spaced the man. Again he didn’t seem to know his son at all. A shame. His mother on the other hand was lovely and I wish it were possible for her to have stayed with us. Joseph seemed so much more happy with her around and I feel getting out of such an inhospitable living situation would have done her well.
Regardless Joseph was able to say his goodbyes.
- Aurora Bohr, Communications Officer of the Kestrel