Dive buddies in Monterey, CA?

2021.10.16 21:00 LawnGnome42 Dive buddies in Monterey, CA?

Hello! Finishing up PADI training end of this month. Looking for any groups or divers willing to take in a newbie for any spots in CA central coast. I’ve done a ton of snorkeling around the world and now super excited to start diving and gaining experience. 😁
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2021.10.16 21:00 KawiNinjaZX Always gotta wash the Si on my day off

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2021.10.16 21:00 Rishavc Caspr - Take The Pain 「 Prod Travis Barker 」(Snippet)

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2021.10.16 21:00 Man_Of_Dumpy The girl I like was asked if she has a crush on anyone in a truth or dare and she said no...

Time has come to move on ig
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2021.10.16 21:00 OGPotatoSalad [Breeds] Hiking Companion with an Off Switch

1) Will this be your first dog? If not, what experience do you have owning/training dogs?

* I’ve always had labs growing up, but neither my wife or I have had dogs as primary care givers.

2) Do you have a preference for rescuing a dog vs. going through a reputable breeder?

* Our preference is to go through a breeder.

3) Describe your ideal dog.

* We want a dog who is excited to join us on adventures (hiking and camping especially), but has an off switch. We want our dog to be affectionate with us, friendly with strangers, at least fairly easy to train.

It would be great if the dog could eventually be comfortable staying home alone while we work, but this doesn’t have to be a deal breaker as we can either bring the dog to work in the future or arrange for someone to check in on the dog.

We also want to dog to not be overly messy / shed a ton.

4) What breeds or types of dogs are you interested in and why?

* Considering the desire for less messy dogs, we’ve considered PWDs and standard poodles. Both seem to come close to matching our ideal dog. We also love labs, with the one downside we can see being the shedding. I’m not sure if the shedding rules them out, but it’s a concern.

Definitely open to suggestions for other breeds, though!

5) What sorts of things would you like to train your dog to do?

* Basic obedience for sure, with some more advanced tricks as well. Would be nice to be able to train the dog to walk off leash as well, but that isn’t necessary. We work in a small physiotherapy clinic and would also be interested in having a dog well trained enough to come to work with us without being rambunctious or aggressively demanding attention from clients.

6) Do you want to compete with your dog in a sport (e.g. agility, obedience, rally) or use your dog for a form of work (e.g. hunting, herding, livestock guarding)? If so, how much experience do you have with this work/sport?

* We don’t have any plans for this type of thing.

**Care Commitments**

7) How long do you want to devote to training, playing with, or otherwise interacting with your dog each day?

* We’ll be able to prioritize walking / playing with the dog before and after work for sure. And when we’re home from work (generally from 4pm onwards) we’d be hanging out with and interacting with the dog. Some of that time will be active things like walking / fetch / training, but also just reading and lounging.

8) How long can you exercise your dog each day, on average? What sorts of exercise are you planning to give your dog regularly and does that include using a dog park?

* I don’t think committing to 1 hour of exercise will be hard for us to manage. We can go for walks, jogs, play fetch, play in the house. On weekends in non-wintery months we’ll also regularly go for hikes (we live surrounded by mountains). We live a block away from a swimming hole, so we can also take our dog there easily.

9) How much regular brushing are you willing to do? Are you open to trimming hair, cleaning ears, or doing other grooming at home? If not, would you be willing to pay a professional to do it regularly?

* Brushing the dog is no problem, though we’d prefer not to have to make this a daily activity. For grooing beyond that, I think we would take them to a professional groomer.

**Personal Preferences**

10) What size dog are you looking for?

* Medium to large. We’re open to bigger or smaller, but I imagine the ideal size for us to be between 45-70 lbs.

11) How much shedding, barking, and slobber can you handle?

* Not a fan of any of the above, so the less the better! But these don’t have to be dealbreakers for the right dog.

12) How important is being able to let your dog off-leash in an unfenced area?

* Would be very nice.

**Dog Personality and Behavior**

13) Do you want a snuggly dog or one that prefers some personal space?

* Snuggly for sure, though we’ve got no problem with the dog wanting to lounge on the opposite side of the couch if they prefer. But we wouldn’t want the dog to regularly choose to hang out in a different part of the house than us.

14) Would you prefer a dog that wants to do its own thing or one that’s more eager-to-please?

* Eager-to-please

15) How would you prefer your dog to respond to someone knocking on the door or entering your yard? How would you prefer your dog to greet strangers or visitors?

* It’s fine for the dog to bark to alert us, but we wouldn’t want the dog to lose their mind when this happens. And it isn’t important to us that our dog be an intimidating guard dog.

16) Are you willing to manage a dog that is aggressive to other dogs?

* No.

17) Are there any other behaviors you can’t deal with or want to avoid?

* Aggression to people or animals.

**Lifestyle**

18) How often and how long will the dog be left alone?

* This depends. We can potentially take the dog to work with us. Otherwise, if the dog can manage being home alone, the typical weekday would have the dog being alone about 7.5 hours. And while it would be great for the dog to be able to handle this, if the dog can’t, we’re willing to find ways around this (either us coming home at lunch, or having a neighbour check in, etc).

19) What are the dog-related preferences of other people in the house and what will be their involvement in caring for the dog?

* OIt’s only my wife and I, and we both have the same dog preferences.

20) Do you have other pets or are you planning on having other pets? What breed or type of animal are they?

* No

21) Will the dog be interacting with children regularly?

* No kids at home at the moment, though we’re likely to add a little one in the next 2 or 3 years. If the dog ends up coming to work with us then it would interact with kids most days (supervised, though).

22) Do you rent or plan to rent in the future? If applicable, what breed or weight restrictions are on your current lease?

* No.

23) What city or country do you live in and are you aware of any laws banning certain breeds?

* We live in a small mountain town in BC, Canada. We’re not aware of any specific laws banning any breeds here (at least no breeds we would be considering).

24) What is the average temperature of a typical summer and winter day where you live?

* Summer will regularly get into the mid-30’s (celcius), and winters -10 or so.

**Additional Information and Questions**

25) Please provide any additional information you feel may be relevant.

* We live in a house with a 0.5 acre fenced yard.
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2021.10.16 21:00 AlepSopalk Boston College Eagles vs North Carolina State Wolfpack | NCAA FBS, Regular Season (Oct 16, 04:00PM ET)

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2021.10.16 21:00 chad_09 Jaylen Waffle

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2021.10.16 21:00 Rude_Injury_8911 Does anyone else feel extremely grateful/lucky for being an atheist?

I'm so lucky to have been born into a religious family that literally couldn't care less if I was an atheist or not.
Once I was around 16, I said how I didnt want to pray or go to the temple and they said no problem.
Everytime I read post about how people have literally been cut off by their families and friends for being an atheist makes me think about how freaking lucky I am to have such an understanding and loving family. It also gives me a really sad and angry feeling to know people are treated like that by their own families, it sucks.
So yeah I just wanted to say how grateful I am to be born into a family that allows me to question and be sceptical without any loss of love from them.
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2021.10.16 21:00 Zaraos Secluded Empire Community - 4 United Guilds up to 314M GP, 31/33 DS + 22/36 LS, 20 KAM, CRANCOR

📷Secluded Empire Community - 4 United Guilds up to 314M GP, 31/33 DS + 22/36 LS, 20 KAM, CRANCOR
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The Secluded Empire Community!
Hello everyone and welcome!
Our Recruitment Server: https://discord.gg/8538jCQcUp
We are currently looking to fill a few spaces in all of our guilds, requirements, and details for each guild will be listed below but one factor remains true to all four. We are a friendly, dedicated team making strong personal progress in each guild. All guilds have similar requirements in terms of tickets and participation. Unlike traditional alliances, we have no feeder system, members are left to make a personal choice if they ever want to progress to another guild here, we do not force or even encourage it until the person reaches out to me. We believe this to be the best way to make sure all guilds here have their own personal progress. We do however run a temp system where we temp a member from another guild to fill a short-term space in a higher GP guild when needed until a full-time recruit is found. This allows us to keep our guilds at full capacity at all times, so you never have to worry about having an empty space that's losing out on tickets, because we have it covered haha. We have a lot of experienced players amongst the guilds who are always offering advice and guidance to anyone who needs it about modding, team comps, or anything else that's needed. We currently have a very low leave record, generally, the only spaces we fill are people who are completely retiring from the game. So please take a look below we have guilds catered to all GP levels and hope to hear from you soon, please hop into our recruitment server for more information or to apply to join, you may also message one of us on discord or pm me here on the forums if that's what you would prefer!
Secluded Empire - 314m GP Spaces Open: (Currently Full)
About Us:
Guild Reset: 01:00 UTC (20:00 EST) Ticket Reset: 19:30 UTC (14:30 EST) Rancor Sim: 22:00 UTC (16:00 EST) HAAT Start Time: 22:00 UTC (17:00 EST) HSITH: 22:00 UTC (16:00 EST) CRancor: 19:00 UTC DS Geo TB: 31/33 LS Geo TB: 22/36 Wat Tambor: 40+ Shards KAM: 20 Shards (Rng dependant) Tickets: 29.8-30k a day TW: Mandatory Signup and Partcipation
Requirements:
5.5m+ GP (Exceptions could be made for the right roster) 600/600 Tickets 100% Participation in TB and TW A strong and diverse roster Must have 2-3+ Relic LS Geo Teams Must have KAM Ready Relic Clones Must have a GL
(SE) Deathwatch - 245m GP Spaces Open: 2
About Us:
Rancor: 8pm GMT HAAT: 9pm GMT HSITH: 9pm GMT DS Geo TB 24/33 LS Geo TB 12/36 Wat Tambor: 24 Shards Tickets:28-30k
Requirements:
3m+ GP (Exceptions will be made for the right rosters) 600/600 Tickets Full effort in TB and TW 2 G12+ Geo TB Team
(SE) Galactic Shores - 210m GP Spaces Open: 1
About Us:
Rancor: 20:00 UTC (Simmed) HAAT: 22:00 UTC (Simmed) HSITH: 18:00 UTC DS Geo: 24/33 Stars LS Hoth: 9/45 Stars Wat Tambor Shards: 4
Requirements:
2m+ GP 600/600 Tickets 100% Participation in TB and TW Decent roster with the basics to building some great teams.
(SE) Training Academy - 150m GP Spaces Open: 3
About Us:
HPIT 10pm UTC HAAT 12am UTC HSITH 9pm UTC DS Hoth: 36/48 Stars LS Hoth: 34/45 Stars
Requirements:
Must log in at least once every 3 days
We look forward to hearing from you all! we are looking forward to being the home of many more swgoh players and are looking forward to helping you all out as much as possible!
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2021.10.16 21:00 Hantexr Estos furros :C

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2021.10.16 21:00 pm-me_anything0 Cant add sticker packs?

I've tried adding a sticker pack i made and it told me the pack has problems, but i tried adding other packs already made and it said the same thing, help
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2021.10.16 21:00 AlepSopalk Boise State Broncos vs Air Force Falcons | NCAA FBS, Regular Season (Oct 16, 04:00PM ET)

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2021.10.16 21:00 timmytissue I hate to say it, but MATUMBAMAN is the reason Secret lost game 2 against LGD.

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2021.10.16 21:00 NewsElfForEnterprise What Oregon’s vaccine deadline means for schools

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2021.10.16 21:00 DearYou- [Serious] Reddit, what was one of the failures that made you re-evaluate your life?

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2021.10.16 21:00 CheLeung Chinese astronauts arrive at space station for longest mission - Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

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2021.10.16 21:00 dwilliamsjr Game Thread: Georgia vs Kentucky

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2021.10.16 21:00 NorthzYT The Cubes have entered the Survival Island

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2021.10.16 21:00 HazyHephZ Sour Crinkle at day 60 seems absurdly early but it looks like it’s ready… chop it or let it ride another week?

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2021.10.16 21:00 jayfaso I thought Peter would be too busy to be making Reddit videos?

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2021.10.16 21:00 A_Vespertine Madness Is Like Gravity, Part III

Chapter Three ~ Once The Rockets Are Up, Who Cares Where They Come Down?
Read Chapter One and Two first!
The inhabitants of the storm swept super-earth Ombre Hex have launched a rocket in response to the Star Sirens' arrival, proving that they are not wholly planet-bound. The Sirens must figure out how, or if, they can coexist with their new neighbours.
“It’s nuclear!” Vicillia screamed as the telemetry from their surveillance satellite sent the entire ship into a mass panic, the thermonuclear nature of the rocket being apparent to all of them. Some Sirens screeched and wept, huddling together for comfort at the prospect of their imminent demise, whereas others flew into action to arm their defenses and prepare for an emergency evacuation if necessary.
“They’re going to nuke us! They’re going to nuke us!” Vicililla screamed over and over again.
“No, they’re not!” Avokavitha insisted, grabbing hold of her and trying to shake her to her senses. “It’s one missile, millions of kilometers away. We can use our photonic arrays to deflect or incinerate it. Their tech is three hundred years behind us; we’ll be fine!”
“If they can send one nuke into space, then they can send more! A big enough volley will overwhelm our defenses, and will be vapourized!” Pomoko cried, openly weeping into her hands. “They’re going to kill us! They’re going to kill us!”
Kaliphimoa hugged her tightly, comforting her as best she could, but without taking her eyes off the telemetry on her heads-up display.
“I… I don’t think it’s a missile,” she said cautiously. “Look, it’s going into orbit! It’s not coming after us. It's only nuclear because their planet's escape velocity is too high for chemical rockets to work.”
Slowly but surely, the panic among the Sirens began to die down as others took notice of this fact. Whatever the inhabitants of Ombre Hex had shot into space, it seemed that it wasn’t coming after them just yet. Terror gave way to relief, which then gave way to existential dread as they pondered what purpose this rocket was then meant to serve.
“It could just be the first stage of a multi-stage rocket,” Vicillia said softly. “We should fall back while we have the chance; get the entire fleet on the opposite side of the sun, put as much space between us and them as –”
“It’s transmitting! They’re trying to talk to us!” Osirea shouted, the anxiety on her face slowly giving way to astonishment. “Quintessa Diva is processing the signal now.”
They all fell silent then, waiting in hushed awe to be the first members of the genus Homo to hear an alien voice.
Hello, Sirens,” a digitally synthesized voice spoke at last, the text scrolling along their AR displays annotated by the AI Quintessa Diva. “We have created a translation program based on the data you have provided. My people are those born from the ‘Great/Global/Eternal Tempest (Approximate translation of Ombre Hex)’, and I am Storm Lord ‘Wrath of the Great Tempest (Suggested translation: Odysseus)’ of Cloud-Breaker Eyrie (Likely referring to a settlement upon the highest mountain). I speak for my people, and it was I who gave the order to fire upon your vessel. However, I did so under the conceit that your vessel was uninhabited. I did not think it possible for living beings to travel across the stars. I regret any loss of life that may have occurred. I do not wish for further hostilities, but that does not mean I will tolerate any threat to the survival, flourishing, or sovereignty of my people. I know you are too weak (Sic: You were strong enough to survive the worst they could throw at you, my sweet Sirens) to walk upon our world, and even the ‘Mighty Storm Born (Their name for their people, presumably)’ are not yet mighty enough to leave it, but at no small cost we have launched this satellite to facilitate communications as a token of our goodwill. I require you to reciprocate and send a small envoy to high-orbit so that we may engage in reliable, real-time discussion. I do not have the patience for additional delayed discussion. You have my word as Storm Lord that I will not fire upon your envoy, 'without provocation (Emphasis mine)'. Hopefully, we can come to a mutually satisfactory arrangement.”
The message came to an abrupt end, leaving the Sirens slightly less panicked, but far more uncertain about their future in this strange new star system.
***
“We can’t send an envoy, they’ll be murdered!” an orange Siren objected fervently, to the resounding agreement of many of her sisters.
The entire complement of the Quintessa, both its original crew and the rescued Sirens from the Setembra, had gathered together in the auditorium to debate how they should respond to the Ombre Hex’s leader of Odysseus’ request for a diplomatic resolution to their dilemma. Kali, Avo, Osirea, Vicillia and Pomoko were all clustered together, arm and arm with their tails latched around a perching rod as some of the more opinionated Sirens voiced their thoughts on the matter.
“It is perfectly understandable that many of you are reluctant to take the Storm Born on their word after their attack on us,” Giallia, a ruby red member of the Quintessa’s Administrative Council replied. “But we cannot simply ignore them either. They have clearly and deliberately demonstrated that they are not wholly confined to their planet. If we do not go to them, they will eventually come to us. By accepting Odysseus’ invitation, we at least have a chance for a peaceful co-existence.”
“Why should we trust them when they don’t trust us!” a turquoise Siren demanded. “They tried to kill us on sight!”
“They would have nothing to gain by destroying a small envoy,” a silvery-white councillor by the name of Ophallo argued.
“What if they don’t want to destroy it? What if they want to take us alive to study us, or use us as hostages?” a green Siren argued. “I say we deploy defensive stealth satellites around their planet to shoot down any other rockets they send up and let them rot down there!”
Nearly the entire assembly ardently agreed with this suggestion.
“Again, we understand your reluctance to trust the Storm Born. I was aboard the Setembra during the attack!” Cysessa, a golden member of the Setembra’s administrative council, reminded them. “But our fleet is in a vulnerable position at the moment, and we know next to nothing about the Storm Born or what they’re capable of. Provoking them, even simply by ignoring them, is a risk we can’t take. Brokering a peace with the Storm Born, and learning more about them, is our best option right now. We acknowledge that there will be personal risk to whoever we send, and it’s because of that that we will not order anyone to do this. We ask if there is anyone who would be willing to volunteer for this mission.”
The assembled Sirens largely scoffed at the suggestion, murmuring and shaking their heads in disdain. To have survived the first attack, only to return willingly? Despite the council’s (And Pomoko’s) concerns, most of them remained unconvinced that the Storm Born could actually launch more rockets than they could shoot down. They had the high ground, so to speak, and that seemed like enough of an advantage for now. If any Sirens shared the council’s anxieties about the future, it wasn’t enough to make them risk death or capture by a mysterious alien foe. The council could go themselves if they were so worried.
As the seconds ticked by and no one else volunteered for the mission, Kali knew what she had to do. Letting go of the perch and her friends, she jetted over top of them where she could be clearly seen.
“I’ll do it. I volunteer,” she proclaimed loudly enough that her voice echoed throughout the auditorium. Though the council sighed with relief, the rest of the Sirens gasped and muttered in shock and confusion.
“Kali, what are you doing?” Vicillia demanded. “We experienced first hand what those savages are capable of!”
“Exactly. They’re dangerous, and we can’t just pretend that they’re not,” Kali replied. “If the council will ordain me as an ambassador empowered to negotiate on behalf of our fleet, then I will do so with honour. I will represent not only Lilovarea but all Star Sirens and even the other human races back in Sol before the Storm Born, and do everything in my power to ensure an attack like the one on the Setembra is never repeated again.”
“And on behalf of the fleet, our race, and all other human races, we thank you profusely, Kaliphimoa Koalyea Phaersephia di Lilovarea,” Giallia said, using her full formal name, which consisted of her personal name, genotype, brood and fleet. “If there is no objection from my sister councillors or Quintessa Diva, I hereby appoint you as a full ambassador of Lilovarea to the inhabitants of Ombre Hex. We’ll have one of our shuttles modified for you and then –”
“You can’t send her alone!” Avo objected, floating up to Kali’s level and protectively wrapping her arm around her.
“As has already been pointed out, this is a relatively high-risk mission, and there is no reason to risk more lives than absolutely necessary,” Cysessa explained.
“We’re Sirens! We don’t do anything alone, least of all die alone!” Avo insisted, her eyes tearing up at the mere thought of such a tragedy. “If she’s an ambassador, then she needs an entourage, doesn’t she? She won’t be able to maintain real-time contact with Lilovarea, so she’ll need a technician in case there’s a problem with the shuttle, and someone to handle the translation program. I’m qualified for both positions, and I volunteer for both!”
“Avo, what are you doing?” Kali asked, touched but very confused by Avo’s sudden valour. “I’ll manage fine on my own. You don’t have to do this.”
“I’m not going to let you take this risk alone, and you’re more likely to succeed with a team for support,” Avo insisted, squeezing her tightly.
“I’d like to volunteer as medic, as well as offer my scientific expertise for strategic analysis of the Storm Born,” Osirea announced, floating up beside them.
“That will do,” Giallia said firmly, holding up her hand in a commanding gesture. “We have one ambassador and two support members with relevant specialist skills to increase the odds of success. Thank you Avokavitha Ostrairo –”
“Wait!” Vicillia shouted, jetting upwards and pulling Pomoko with her. “We want to go too!”
“She said we have enough, Vici,” Cysessa objected. “Besides, you two work in the Arts Department. Your skills are of no use on this mission.”
“We’re her girlfriends; we’re for emotional support,” Vicillia argued.
“I have plenty of girlfriends, Vici,” Kali said defensively.
“And how many of those are offering to risk their lives coming with you?” Vicillia asked, nodding towards the crowd around them. Kali noticed multiple Sirens who she thought of as girlfriends sheepishly avert their gaze or try to recoil deeper into the crowd.
“Alright, yes, I’m sorry. You two are kind of special to me,” Kali acknowledged. “Pomoko, do you actually want to come on this mission? You don’t have to do it out of loyalty to me. If you want to stay where it’s safe, I’m fine with that. Really.”
“No, I do, Kali,” she murmured timidly, biting her lip to keep from crying. “I don’t want you to go back there alone. I love you.”
Kali gave her a sad half-smile and then drew her in for a hug, which the other three promptly joined in on.
Giallia sighed in frustration, and turned to her sister councillors to see what they thought.
“Emotional support is arguably mission-critical,” Cysessa suggested with a slightly embarrassed shrug. “I say let them go with her.”
“Very well,” Giallia huffed as she folded her arms across her chest. “It’s a good thing they’re so fond of each other, because we don’t have the time to modify a bigger shuttle.”
***
“Wow; she wasn’t joking,” Kali said as she floated into the cockpit of the newly designated ambassador shuttle.
As was common for Siren crafts, much of the interior was covered in a smooth, luminous, opalescent surface, capable of generating various types of photonic beams and projections on command. There was a semi-circular diamondoid window in the front, and the floors/ceilings had slightly raised ruts that they could use as perches. The clearance between them, however, was only about 1.75 meters, and the entire cockpit had a circumference of less than eight meters.
“And this is the only living area?”
“Look at it this way; if we do a good job, they’ll have to make us a proper Embassy ship, like the kind they use to receive macrogravity delegates back in Sol,” Avo remarked. “That would be pretty cool, don’t you think?”
“And the round trip to Ombre Hex is only about six hours, so we won’t be stuck in here that long,” Osirea reminded her. “Assuming everything goes… well.”
“Which it will. We wouldn’t have come if we didn’t believe in you, Kali,” Avo said, smiling and wrapping her arm around her. “You’re incredibly, inspirationally brave volunteering for this, risking your life for the good of all of us. I know I fall in love easily – most of us do, I guess – but you’re easy to fall in love with. I wouldn’t feel right counting myself among your many, many, many girlfriends if I didn’t think that bravery was valid.”
Kali rolled her eyes at the gentle barb.
“Yeah, I guess I got a little defensive when Vici implied she and Pomoko were my only girlfriends,” she admitted.
“It’s understandable. Popularity is pretty important among Sirens, but there’s nothing wrong with having best girls,” Osirea assured her. “Avo and I have been best girls on and off basically forever.”
“Yeah; same with me, Vicillia and Pomoko,” Kali nodded.
“Siren Attack!” Vicillia sang as she and Pomoko boarded the shuttle. The two of them collided with Kali and Avo in a bear hug, and the group drifted back into the padded rear wall. “Oh awesome, there are beds in here! Avo, Osirea, I’m a top when we’re doing it macrogravity style.”
“Those are technically there in case the inertial negation systems fail and we have to endure some g-forces,” Osirea pointed out. “But… there’s no reason we can’t use them for monkey business.”
“Later, you insatiable little space nymphs, later! We need to launch!” Kali laughed.
They all nodded dutifully and went to work completing the pre-flight checks. Their fleet was counting on them, and the Storm Lord Odysseus didn’t sound like someone they wanted to keep waiting.
When all was ready, their shuttle was accelerated within a photonic cyclotron, a track that ran the entire circumference of the Quintessa and propelled the shuttle around and around via optical tractor beams. Centuries worth of transhuman progress in both theoretical and applied physics enabled inertial negation through quantum vacuum manipulation, allowing the vessel to be rapidly accelerated without subjecting it or its occupants to any noticeable g-forces. When they reached the maximum speed that their fusion thrusters would be capable of decelerating them within the allotted time, they were shot out towards Ombre Hex, now millions of kilometers away.
But millions of kilometers isn’t far on an interplanetary scale, and soon Ombre Hex loomed before them once more. Its dark skies still crackled with lightning and electric auroras, but there was no sign that the laser aerostats that had destroyed the Setembra were active.
“Odysseus seems to be keeping his word,” Avo said dubiously as she reviewed the holographic readout. “I’ll let him know we’re here, then.”
“Wait, should we be calling Odysseus a ‘he’?” Kali asked. “I know he referred to himself as a lord, but the translation was obviously pretty rough.”
“Don’t worry about it. If he didn’t want to be misgendered, he should have given us more information about him and his people than one ominous message,” Avo said dismissively. “Besides, his name isn’t actually Odysseus, either. Are we supposed to care about pronouns but not proper nouns?”
“I guess that’s true,” Kali conceded. “Are you picking up the Setembra on your scans?”
“I am; the drones were successful in pulling her into a parking orbit behind one of the moons,” Avo replied. “We’ll fall back there if we have to. If they start shooting, we’re small and maneuverable enough to dodge their lasers until we can get behind the moon.”
“What about Setembra Diva?” Pomoko whimpered.
“She’s still offline, but the drones have confirmed her core is intact,” Avo reported.
“Ah, maybe I should have asked this sooner, but our Psychomes were uploaded to Quintessa Diva, right?” Vicillia asked nervously.
“Of course, as soon as you were rescued,” Avo smiled at her. “In the off chance we do die, our Psychomes will be installed onto new exocortices, which will be implanted into our genetic clones as they gestate. They’ll be part of the Lilovarea Overmind, just like we are, and so even share a bit of the same consciousness. We’ll be reborn, don’t worry.”
“Unless the Storm Born nuke the whole fleet, then only Cosmothea can save us,” Pomoko muttered, hanging her head despondently.
“Pomoko, we’re supposed to be here for emotional support, remember?” Vicillia chastised her.
“It’s alright, Vici,” Kali smiled, gently rubbing Pomoko’s back. “You’re emotional support just by being here. Osirea, anything interesting on your scans yet?”
“Plenty. Ombre Hex really is a fascinating planet,” Osirea remarked as she reviewed the data they had collected on it. “The geothermal hot-spots are the only reason it's habitable, but the temperature differential between them and the rest of the planet is what’s driving the extreme weather. The average distance between hot spots is enough that they’re essentially isolated islands, which likely means this planet’s biodiversity is extremely high relative to its sparse overall biomass. That could help explain how another civilization happened to evolve so close to Sol.
“It’s so large, but its habitable area is so small, that the Storm Born haven’t had nearly as much impact on it as you would expect for a civilization at their stage of development. Combine that with the constant cloud cover and geomagnetic interference, and it’s no wonder we couldn’t detect them until we were basically right on top of them.”
“What can you tell about their civilization from here?” Kali asked.
“Honestly, not a lot,” Osirea admitted. “Their planet’s too dark for solar power, and with their limited biomass, there wouldn’t be much fossil fuel either. Probably for the best; that stuff will kill you. They must have been limited to wind and geothermal energy before they developed nuclear power, or maybe they harvested lightning straight from The Tempest. Wouldn’t that be something? I will, however, speculate that they’re not a peaceful society. Their planet is pot marked with a lot of recent craters that aren’t consistent with meteorite impacts, and I doubt they built those defensive aerostats purely to use against alien invaders.”
Kali nodded somberly, but before she could ask any further questions, Avo’s station began beeping.
“Odysseus is responding. He’s requesting visual communications,” she announced.
“Good. Keep our camera locked on me, but project him where we can all see him,” Kali instructed. Avo nodded, and with a few holographic keystrokes, the channel was open.
All five Sirens turned towards the center of the cockpit, where for the first time, members of a human species beheld the image of the Storm Born.
Chapter Four (Coming Soon) ~ A Siren's Song Above Stormy Skies
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