Finally! A part that squeaks under the wire. I feel better now.
About this creation
The rickety old ship broke atmosphere with a shudder. Why Nova wanted it was beyond Red’s imagination, but that was beside the point now.
“You’re in luck, Red, this chunk was on my way.”
“So you’re marooning me?”
Dark Nova paused to think.
“No, we’re taking your ship and dumping you in the middle of nowhere. Actually, that does sound a lot like marooning, you may be right.”
The ship touched down with a lurch on the soft, grassy ground.
“Ah, the green, green grass of home.” Quipped Nova. “Er, that is if I lived here. Anybrick, get off.”
Red reluctantly stepped through the door under the watchful gaze of the drones’ camera eyes. Outside was filled with the rattle of the Swift’s engines and the bright sunlight of the green world chunk.
“Later, loser!” He hard Nova call as a drone slammed the door shut.
With a roar, the ship was airborne again, launching itself into the blue sky and leaving Red standing in the middle of the grassy hill. Red tried to make sense of what had just happened. Well, at least this would be the last place the syndicate would come looking for him when he didn’t show up to pick up their shipment.
It’d be the last place anyone would look, come to think of it. Looking around, Red saw nothing but a sea of rolling grassy hills and sunny sky shining down on it. It was beautiful, but Red was starting to wonder how he’d get out of this one.
He turned to watch as the Swift slowly shrank away into the wide open sky, leaving a slight trail of smoke. If he was going to get back on his feet, he’d need another starship. No big deal, where there’s people, there’s starships. It was just a matter of finding people.
No small matter. It was morning, but Red could already feel the sun getting hot on the back of his neck. He only had a few rations he kept with him, and a minimal amount of water.
Feeling his resolve returning, Red decided the best thing he could do was to just get underway. Red pulled out his music player, picked a direction, and set off.
Time seemed to pass slowly on this world chunk, but Red guessed it had been about an hour by the time he came upon something interesting. With a splash, his boot found a small clear stream that had been hidden in the grass. Red grinned. If there was any civilization on this chunk, it was sure to be built near a source of water. The creek might as well have been a giant arrow pointing to his goal.
It was now sometime around noon, and the sun felt like a heat lamp, weighing down on his shoulders as he trudged alongside the stream.
The worst part of this world chunk was the loneliness. Red was used to working alone, but this place was so huge and largely empty. It was quiet, too. Red was thankful for the clatter of the stream — without it, the silence would be unbearable.
Red stopped to rest, leaning back against one of the green hills. It’d been a long time since he’d been somewhere like this. Somewhere where there were no other people, no activity, no starships coming and going, nothing. No distractions.
Red hated it.
And yet, he didn’t exactly want to get up. So he laid back and watched the clouds for a while.
The sun was high in the sky by the time Red came to the top of a hill and saw what he’d been hoping for this whole time. A few miles ahead, the stream joined a couple of others, flowing into a wide, slow-running river. Red laughed victoriously.
Quoting Guy Pearson
This story is super awesome so far! :P
How do you get your renders to look so shiny? When I render, mine look like a kinda matte.
Thanks, glad you're liking it! I know we're both using the same materials, so the difference may be lighting. You ought to try using HDRIs for your lighting. They're sky spheres with dynamic realistic lighting. This site has tons of awesome free ones: https://hdrihaven.com/index.php