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This book contains material that may not be suitable to younger readers or certain individuals. This book contains several adult themes, including foul language and depictions of a sexual nature. If you are below a certain age, are easily offended, or simply not a fan of such things than this book may not be for you. And this book is certainly not intended for younger readers. Thank you.

Chapter One: Wandering Steps Lead to a Twist

The Pyrius was certainly not the newest ship, she was no longer the fastest ship, she wasn't the biggest or the prettiest, but she was most certainly home for him and his small crew. There were a great many ships out there between the stars that were bigger, more glamorous, better protected, richer, but there were only a few that were faster. Nobuian corporation had been the first to bring a new class of deep space vehicles into being, and for nearly a hundred years they had been the best. Before they had mastered the tenets of faster than light travel, few ships made the endless eternal journey's between the far flung skies of distant worlds through the slim light between the stars. Most had been the massive and ludicrously expensive colony ships, fired out from the world that had given birth to humanity to crawl their way through the darkness carrying a cargo of humans locked in a dreamless sleep. For three centuries, this had been the only means of travel between far distant places and yet billions had still left their familiar homes for the chance at a different kind of life on a different and virtually unknown kind of world. There was perhaps no way for him to count how many of those vessels his great great grandparents and great grandparents had helped to build while trying to save up enough to buy passage on one of those vessels to give their children a chance at something 'better'. But it was certainly enough that a few decades after the 'revelation of hyperspace travel' had been revealed that his grandparents had just enough to buy a ship of their own as soon as one was available, one that wasn't already promised to the government or some corporation.

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