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Who's Behind the Door?
Cowgirl Nymph
In response to the Tell Me Tuesday prompt.

The door was a standard, 5 centimetre thick plastisteel door that retracted into the wall. Normally these things opened by proximity switch so a free hand wasn’t needed to operate them.

This door was locked.

Something was painted in white on its unfinished grey surface that could have been a message or even sigils. On a found ship both were possible, but if anyone knew they weren’t telling Jarvis.

He sighed and pulled out his universal lock pick set. Of course none of the high-ups knew how to open a locked door – that was why they’d called in him, their ship’s cleaner.

As soon as Jarvis had the door unlocked Captain Cazumat thrust it open – and got a mesonic energy spike through the chest.

“I am now Captain.” She might have been ten and spoke High Nasuan in the royal mode. She held her weapon competently in both hands.

She pointed at Jarvis, “You can be my adult. Summon my officers for my instructions”.

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Yes, they do seem to have a problem, don't they?

Yeeeees. Tiny, armed, impressive problem.

She's a Princess and she knows it.

Clearly! But why'd she shoot the Captain?

Anyone who comes through that door is a bad guy?

She needs a ship?

It's one way to exert her authority....

It was also somewhat of a display of stupidity on the part of the former Captain. Never assume a ship just floating around is untrapped! Or un-ambushed, for that matter. Of course in Star Trek someone would have used a scanner of some sort to ascertain these things.

May be he thought he was rescuing a Princess who would be 'suitably' grateful and he was trying to be dashing?

Could be, there wasn't much of a pre-amble to set the scene. :) Either way, he was clearly wrong.

I was working with a 150 word, plus or minus 10%, limit. :)

She might be cute with it!

She may soon learn that declaring yourself captain doesn't actually mean you've successfully usurped the chain of command. There's an XO likely waiting in the wings, now officially holding the bag. She might, however, get a mesonic energy spike in return. (And if she's declaring herself captain, why does she need an adult?)

She's a minor therefore she requires responsible adult?

Meanwhile the First Officer/XO may be need to develop a plan to bore her with admin. (So she won't want to be captain after all.)

For some reason I'm picturing her as Space Pirate Mito (the red headed girl in the illustration? Older than, and mother of the boy bottom center of the illustration).

Cute, but deadly dangerous.

Maybe she wants the parental kingdom back?

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