The music of the club beamed through the air as the crowd danced in sync to the smooth beat. Nor’th smiled as she watched them. She could feel every thump of the bass running through her finger tips. She closed her eyes and began to sway, music was her passion and this was her place of worship. It was her first job as a Dj and she loved every second it. Nor’th moved her body, a slender 5’5 in a black and yellow suit, her hair was jet black,a piercing smile spread across her creamy light yellow face. As the song came to an end she opened her hazel eyes, which shone in the light of the club, she could see the crowd through her mask. Thousands of Landerians came to see her play. Most were teenagers, who left the comfort of home just to experience life without rules.
An amazing night came to an end, and as she packed her equipment away she watched the crowd spill out of the club. No’rth couldn’t help but chuckle to herself as she disassembled the vintage Neumark NS6 Digital Controller she received as a gift from her father’s visit to the planet Earth. He was the ambassador of Lander which meant he was away on business for cycles at a time, but he would always make up for it when he returned, bringing musical instruments or primitive tech which No’rth would add to her growing collection. She loved it, it was her thing, other female Landerians would join the Imperial Fleet, serve for a few three or four cycles then settle down with a nice male and have a family, but No’rth wanted more, she wanted her music. Her bits and bobs of old computer parts, or ship debris that she could spend hours on and make into something completely new. “Oidhche mhath, No’rth,” a voice creeped over her shoulder. No’rth turned smiling and leapt into the arms of the stranger, ” Ceud mìle fàilte, papa!” She hugged him tightly, “When did you get back?” Sa’vth, her father looked up on his daughter with a surprise. ” When did you learn to speak Earthian?” No’rth giggled ” I took lessons while you were away, I was afraid that since you were away for a very long time, that you might have forgotten our native tongue.”
Sa’vth’s surprised expression changed to one of pride as hugged his daughter tightly. Once they parted, No’rth finished packing her equipment away, and both father and daughter traveled to get the last Shuttle back down to the city. Club Orbit was once a part of an Imperial security station put in place to protect the planet during the Ursa Nebula war. This station was one of many, and once the war ended the others became schools used to train those who had joined the Imperial Fleet.
No’rth looked up at her father as they settled into the shuttle. As she scanned his face she noticed scars and lumps that weren’t there the last time she saw him. She took it in, every lump, and scar from ear to ear, from forehead to chin. She quickly looked away when she noticed he was watching her from the corner of his eye. He placed his arm around her shoulder and pulled her close, ” I have missed you No’rth.” Sa’vth spoke softly, ” I can not believe how much you have grown, the last time i saw you, you were not higher than my waist and now, you are a woman. It has gone back so fast.” No’rth smiled snuggling into her father’s safe arms. ” Have you thought about joining the Imperial Fleet?” No’rth’s face fell and as she pulled away from her father she shook her head. Sa’vth sighed, ” No’ra. I have watched you over the years, you possess the ability to fix old technology that is not native to our world and make them work to your advantage,. ” He paused, held his daughter’s hand and continued, ” You have skills that would be useful to the Fleet, they need your ability.”
No’rth bit her lip, it was her father’s dream for her to follow in his foot steps and become a part of the Lauderian council. ” Tha mi duilich, Papa,” She spoke up, ” But that was not what I wanted. I enjoy what I do now.” Sa’vth’s expression hardened, “Distributing noise among the young is not a good career for a young lady.’ He scowled at her, ” You have an amazing skill that will be used for something practical.” He looked up at the door of the shuttle as it began to land, ” For this reason, from tomorrow morning, you will start work on an Imperial ship. I got in touch with Admiral Aug’ca when I arrived home and he said there was still space available on his ship the ‘Pier’. “
No’rth stared at her father in disbelief, she shook her head, “But papa I…” She began but her father’s voice boomed within the shuttle, ” No, No’rth!” He rose to his feet and looked over his shoulder, ” that is final.”
The shuttle doors opened and Sa’vth walked through them.
No’rth stood up, a sad sigh escaped her lips, inhaling she held back the tears.
“Yes, sir.” She replied as the door closed.
No’rth’s eyes opened, the light of the room shone through her mask, she squinted as her vision slowly came back, ” Ma’m No’rth Happy 26th birthday” Said a voice. “A-are you okay?”
“Yes.” She replied. ” Just had a bad dream.”