Solaris is quite large for an asteroid habitat. It is situated in a 10km diameter asteroid with facilities burrowed mainly inside the body of the rock, though there a few additional landing facilities on the surface. We entered through the large rectangular bay however past sealed hanger doors, into what seemed to be quite a busy shipping and loading area.
Besides the Louis Bleriot there were two Maas Supply vessals-the ‘Wishful Thinking’ and ‘Steve Ditko’, and a 200 tonner called the ‘Queen Anne’, belonging to another Free Company, probably under contract to Maas-the Hezeera Free Company.
Also in the bay was ‘The Sprite’. I went back and informed our two pilot passengers Julia and Elspeth. Briefly disentangling their tongues from one another’s throats they acknowledged that they’d heard me. I’m sure they’ll be very happy together.
On the dockside we were approached by a blonde haired man with his hair tied back in a ponytail and a fake tan. He wore the slate-grey uniform of a Maas employee.
“ Mr. Johansson? A pleasure to meet you. I’m Jonathon Kherr-External Partner Liaison-I’ll be assisting you while you’re here.”
After the pleasantries were over he put the boot in.
“There’s been a very minor glitch I’m afraid. One of the parts you ordered-The Gas Exchange Unit- has been delayed slightly. It will be a little while before it arrives, 2 or 3 days at most. I’ve taken the liberty of arranging accommodations at our own expense. Till then just take it easy for a couple of days: I can contact you when I have an update.”
Fair enough. We were all getting a bit space happy anyway. We left the unloading of the cargo with the Dock Chief and went to our rooms to settle in. We said goodbye to our two passengers but I’m not sure they noticed.