After leaving Hera, the crew heads for the distress signal near Three Hills and find that (after a bit of trouble with the scanners) that there’s a ship floating out in space near Bob (one of the three moons that orbit Three Hills). They dock successfully and are just about to explain their intention to help the ship get back to flying shape when Connor picks the wrong time to offer the stranded ship’s welcome wagon a soft bed while people make repairs.
So, after the shooting’s over and the ship’s captain’s daughter May helps calm things down, Kendra and the girl head to the engine room to sort things out and get everything set right. The problem is that Pogo class transports are little more than puddle jumpers. They don’t use the sort of engines Kendra’s used to fixing. In the process of trying to get things back in order, she manages to bust up her favorite spanner (1d6 complication). A bit of cursing and some extra elbow grease from May and the two ladies succeed in getting the engines back up and running.
Reg’s still a bit sore (literally and figuratively) from the firefight and after learning from Russel (the ship’s captain) that he was transporting fertilizer and plants from Three Hills to Bob as part of an order from several of the homesteads on the moon, he sulks off with Hugo to rummage through the ship, hoping to find something of value to make this whole mistake worth the while.
Reg confirms that Russ’s telling the truth. The cargo hold is full of horse shit and fruit tree saplings. He sulks off to the Duchess, convinced that the only thing worth anything on the tiny transport is the wad of Kalidasa monetary notes in his pockets. Hugo, however manages to rummage through Russ’s things while Annie and Connor keep the captain busy in the cockpit; he finds a half-consumed bottle of homemade whiskey, which he confronts Russel with, asking if he’s got any more.
When May bounds into the cockpit with Kendra and sees the look of shock and mild outrage on her father’s face; immediately she bursts out laughing. “I suppose it’s only fair and it’s really all we have to trade,” she says as she darts out of the cockpit. A beat later, she returns with a full, fresh bottle of what looks (and smells) like moonshine, which she hands to Hugo. He produces a small 5 credit note from his pocket (from the stash on Hera). She looks at the paper, which she’ll probably never get to use in person, and pockets it as she jumps into the pilot’s seat and starts the systems up for a descent down to Bob.
Annie and May and Russel have their goodbyes and as the crew releases the docking umbilical and makes for the Kalidasa system, they see the name of the small cargo transport as it dips down toward Bob.