This is the second section of the third chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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“How’s the ship holding up?”
“Not bad, the new engines are a bit low on thrust but they’re more efficient than we budgeted for so it’s all good.”
“We’ll still make it though”
“Yeah no problems, we had plenty of slack built in. It’s not like anyone is going to rescue us now is it?”
“It’s just weird to not be going near any planets, always a part of any journey”
“Well most, still it’ll be eventful enough”
“Assuming they stay on schedule.”
“Oh you know what they’re like, time and orbits wait for no man.”
“Well with their upgrade that’s not so true anymore.”
“Some things about an institution like theirs will be hard to get rid of.”
“I know, but if they don’t need to rely on a slingshot either then they might not stick to schedule”
“It’ll be fine don’t worry.”