Arbitrary Number by Edwin Escolero
Arbitrary No. – C:\UNE 39
Scientists and mechanics are inside a hanger working on a craft in development. The hanger door closes as materials are transferred over by carts and a small truck. A group looks out through the glass of the hanger door beholding an open runway surrounded by a fence in the distance. Several drones marked HAWK II hover around the parameter of the facility surveying for anomalies. Making a round by a tower that monitors the airspace a couple of the drones dock inside the hanger.
Space exploration like many other things on Earth had taken a backseat as a result of war, tyranny, and division. Many resources such as time, money, and manpower have been focused toward petty wars that caused damage to the environment. Countless issues that plague mankind could be resolved if the same energy used for conflict was redirected for utilitarian purposes. The latest “Sine Wars” has put a halt on the development of technologies aimed for venturing into space. With command of the weather device Sine Corp. has made it difficult for probes to be launched from the earth. Speculation among the aeronauts community indicate that the Sine satellites orbit around the stratosphere and beyond.
A dawn light hits the sky in the metropolis as a group of people equipped with tools stand outside a radio tower poised to work another day. A handyman on top of the steel structure carefully removes a remnant of the latest Sine drone. He tosses the cold metal apparatus to a fellow who brings it inside the neighboring building for analysis by the resident technician. Electricians fiddle with the wiring inside the Luz Libre base of operations as they work to restore function in the building.
The Sine drone is taken to a room where a technician opens a panel to learn the circuitry. There he finds a memory chip that is still in tact and precedes to extract with care. A group observes the techie at work as they deliberate on the next step they should be taking. One among the group suggests that they attempt to respond to a signal from a faction they received weeks ago during their latest transmission.