We’ve made slow but steady progress in getting the corp tied down. Who knew there would be so much work involved? I even flew all the way down to Ghesis and then back around through some wayward systems I’ve never heard of to pick up a few residual items that someone (probably Nailo) abandoned after leaving the corp. A lot of it had been impounded and I had to pay to get it back.

Things with Devan progress too I guess. I don’t see him much still but I think it’s just his way of dealing with what happened between us. Nevertheless we’ve made some strides with finding our way back to being friends and I can tell he’s been sorting through all the junk in the corp hangars, because things disappear and the corp wallet balance goes up and up and up.

The most extraordinary thing happened too. The other day Gabriel Alkest popped up literally from nowhere. None of us has seen or heard from Gabe or his brother Ven since they left to go fight with FDU.

I was the only one around at the time. I’d just finished packing up one of the storage rooms in the TGPI office and had sat down for a break when, just suddenly, there he was in the doorway.

Although our first meeting was less than stellar, in the couple of months before he left TGPI Gabe and I did have a few more opportunities to get to know each other a bit better. We still never really got along. Oil and water, as they say. I don’t know what about today was different, but we didn’t argue. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on my own so much since April and was just thankful to have someone, anyone, to talk to. Maybe it’s because he’s gained some perspective in the time he’s been away at war. Probably both, but who knows for sure. In any event, we sat and talked for hours, openly about anything and everything. He surprised me with his humor and the number of interests we found we had in common.

He asked after Devan and the corp. I told him everything. He seemed shocked that Devan and I had split up instead of being married with about ten children by now. There was nothing I could say to that, and while it was like a kind of release to talk it all out with someone, I was still a bit relieved when the conversation moved on to other things.

It turns out Gabe left FDU and was still thinking about what to do next. I mentioned ILF. Whatever personality conflict we may have had in the past seems to have washed away, and given what is going on at home, his combat experience would be valuable. He said he would look into it and possibly send a mail to ILF’s CEO, Saxon Hawke.

After several hours of chatting, the conversation ended well and I’m actually looking forward to speaking to Gabe again. In the meantime I have my own affairs in order and I’m ready to go home. There are just a few last things to sort for TGPI and then we’ll be ready to leave.