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" 'The Delbrient shot into Nucleus Nebula with the climactic significance of an epitomy sample page at the start of a highly anticipated hardcover novel. Captain Keffrick motioned for total quiet, silencing the last lingering whispers opposing the bridge crew's increasing amnesia of that the vacuum of space disallows the travel of sound and well prevented their voices from keying potential hostile vessles in to the presence of their cloaked ship. The view screen flickered over with the most generic beep possible from its starfield screen saver -esque display, to a lovely pituresque shot of the vivid multi-hued heart of the gasseous and deadly nebula. Its plethora of sporadic asteroids and breathtaking hues of poisonous fogs was nearly calendar-worthy, its beauty sadly lost on the stressed bridge crew to say the least, who on a dull day might have been the first to appreciate it. With just a scant spec of contrivance from a tolerable photographer, the entire scene as a whole could have served as a classic and cliche-aspiring cast photo if the crew happened to be actors on a fake set with an employeed beatnik blue screen artist.' "
 "Skip, for the love of the seventh circle of freelance friter hell, shut your trap for once in your mortal life and narrate your mockeries in your own head."
 "Sorry. I thought I was."
 "...The crew is already in self-argeement that mutiny might be a tolerable price for price for throwing you out an air lock--"
 "Pfuh, so cliche..."
 "--and if you piss off the Captain one more time, there won't be much I can do for you short of self-detonating in the Delbrient's main power to core save you the agony of sufficating in a vacuum.
 "Sacrificing a crew and his life for the good of another and a killer Keffrick Trek plot point is too noble and dramatic a suicide for a floating scrap metal kinotoclodroid news camera bot orb."
 "Stop it!"
 "What?"
 "You contrived a run-on insult just to describe me to your imaginary readers..."
 "The Delbrient's Adventures in Nucleus Nebula is a--"
 "Stop calling Nelvron system 'Nucleus Nebula'."
 "--is a pivotal Keffrick Trek--"
 "Stop saying 'Keffrick Trek'!"
 "--plot point. People could be popping into the episode every word we speak. The visually impaired Keffrick Trek fans deserve a creative narration to inform them what's happening."
 "Tossing out five allusions to copyrighted Earth siff works isn't creative."
 "I tried for six, and I altered them exactly enough for them to fit under right of parody with a good lawyer. I know what I'm doing."
 "If you really have to contrive description, at the bare minimum, come up with something original."
 " 'Scrap metal' was my own."
 "And all that one did was piss off every vaguely ball-shaped A.I. droid existence. Gods help you if we hit one of your frwoa static wormholes and it drops out a real life violent one you pissed off."
 "Kinotoclodroids don't watch Keffrick Trek. Especially the Nucleus Nebula epi--without warning, Skip was interrupted by sudden important blood-red lights that flashed at the crew without mercy, summoning a blaring alarm that obliterated the third-party observable poetry of the moment like a point-blank torpedo hit to the general ineffable wonder of deep space exploration. Ironically -- perhaps appropriately --- the metaphor of a torpedo hit spoken by the inhumanly calm dictator the scene served as a surreally accurate foreshadowing, as just seconds later, the bridge crashed with the hit of an actual attacking vessel, exploding the scene into a supernova of frantic chaos. Equipment floundered and fell; indecipherable yells and commands flew to and fro; additional alarms lept into the now dead-horse slaughter of the preceding silence already long gone; crew members fell injured with emotive intensity worthy of critic acclaim.
 " 'The tragic and paradoxical irony of it all was that anyone tuning in to and at this exact moment via tip that it would be quite a good one wouldn't have a pinch of a clue what was going on, who these people were, what this strange 4th-wall frwoa narration medium static hovering about was all about, why the narrator bothered with the overly- modified phrase "strange 4th-wall frwoa narration medium static" now twice uttered, or whether there was any reason to care if the battle, narration, or episode ended badly for the Delbrient crew. A tragedy close behind was the that the crew performed so galantly and protagonist -eque that it seemed unlikely any god out there would kill off any more than one or two important people in the room any time soon, sacrificing a significant amount of suspense in favor of the usual monotonous outer space threat of a weak and generally predictable episode ending.
 " 'In particular, Captain Keffrick stood tall as cooled steel, near-indestructable, falling short of totally unbreakability only via the subtle hint of readiness in his eyes to snatch up any arising opportunity to off himself for the sake of the crew. It might have been a mighty moral creed indeed worthy of his character's impressive grip on the harsh profession of main protagonist, if not for the tissue-thin mere lottery chance of the crew and hovering script writers -- the latter being a class of people unanimously familiar with the delicacy of prime deus ex machina directives -- allowing him such a fate. (An unlikelyhood he was surely aware of to one extent or another.)
 " 'Through it all, only our noble narrator was generally devoid of fear. He might have narrated the truth of his total and full fearlessness, if not for the irony that the truth of the extent of his composure's stamina would sound like a narcissistic fabrication. To everyone else on the Delbrient bridge, Nucleus Nebula instilled--' "
 "Stop... saying... 'Nucleus'... 'Nebula'!"
 " '...yelled a badly wounded crew member over the alarms and yells and cries and falling stage equipment, who'd suffered a concussion bad enough to consider wasting their breath at such a time, knowing full well they were unlikely to be appeased. Apparently the concussion was contagenious, because someone further away yelled something else at Skip. Even being a notable phoneticist, Skip couldn't make it all out over the noise, but he did manage to catch the phrases "what the" and "wrong with you" sandwiching a string of indecipherable curses impressively lengthly given the urgency of the the Kvarthian attack.
 " 'Soon, unexpected to all sentient beings involved in anything to do with the scene (just about everyone in the known universe, given enough logic connecting any random soul to the scene with an involved enough utilization of the principle of X degrees of separation), there was an asteroidomical boom of light and thunder undescribable but for that it could be labeled as such, and that it was much too impressive a phenomenon to have come from even an entire armada of Kvarthian vessles. No one had time to theorize about the surprising scene twist, because just seconds later, the Delbrient was no more.
 " 'Only the lingering foreshadowing- turned- reality of the noble narrator -- the true protagonist -- that had predicted the Delbrient's destruction just before it happened and had narrated the event before the fact rather than after, kept the Delbrient's debris company in the cold vaccum of frwoaspace and the distant Keffrick Trek fan's pain at watching the impossible floating letters hovered with the Delbrient's Debris in the form of the phrase... TO BE CONTINUED.

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