That's how it all started -- a lucky shot by a hidden turret. Soon, space was swarming with stealth fighters, converging on the disturbance.
[The view switches to a HUD view of the battle, with little green wedges representing the fighters, red turrets studding the asteroid, and a wireframe estimate of the event horizon's location]
Freefall: "I never wanted to be in charge, but it was total chaos, and somehow the com-net software decided that I was the best qualified. Or maybe it just picked at random. I don't know. So, um, I was in charge, and we tried a bunch of stuff."
[Shots of the failed assault plans -- stealth fighters trying to dip through the event horizon to get snap-shots off, and getting shot down. Asteroids sailing in from out of view, and bouncing off harmlessly. A barrage of plasma bolts, absorbed by the event horizon.]
Freefall: "Eventually we managed to make a beach-head, though, and then it was all tunnel fighting. We weren't trained for that."
[A phalanx of large, ant-shaped robots marches down a cave-like corridor --]
I don't want to watch this.
[The video cuts off, shrinking back down to an icon and joining the rest of the WARANTINE stories in the newsfeed aggregator.]
[Era stares at the icon of her newsfeed entry, and takes a ragged breath. She turns towards the camera recording her journal entry.]
What have I done?
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