The Gamble of Information


7/9/20233 min read

We followed the strange man to a deserted field littered with junked spacecrafts and derelict vehicles, a mechanical graveyard. There, amongst the scattered debris, stood two speedsters. One appeared remarkably well-preserved, like an oasis amidst the desert of wreckage. The other, less fortunate, was a battered thing with faded paint and rusted exterior, looking like it had seen better days.

"That's mine," the stranger said, pointing to the pristine speedster. His tone held a hint of pride as his gaze traced the smooth, metallic curves of the machine. "And that's yours," he gestured towards the less appealing of the two. He swung around to face us, a wicked grin painted on his face. "We'll race, starting here and ending at the top of that hill," he pointed to a large sand dune a good few kilometers away. "You've got five minutes to get your heap running. Then we start."

Chef sighed, studying the dilapidated speedster with a critical eye. He cracked his knuckles and got to work, turning a deaf ear to Fitt's string of humorous jabs about our adversary's dubious sanity and the questionable state of our vehicle.

"Looks like we got ourselves a drag race," Fitt quipped, leaning against the battered hull of the speedster, his arms crossed over his chest. "Didn't take you for the racing type, Moe."

"I'm not," I admitted, casting an anxious look at Chef, who was now knee-deep in the bowels of the speedster. "But we need that information, Fitt. We have to win this race."

Fitt laughed, his blue eyes sparkling with a mixture of excitement and mischief. "Don't worry, Moe. I've got this in the bag. I was the best speedster racer back at the academy."

I turned to him, raising an eyebrow. "You're serious about this?"

"Absolutely. Well, minus the academy part." He grinned, his light-hearted humor a stark contrast to the high stakes situation we were in.

Before I could respond, Chef emerged from underneath the speedster, wiping the grime off his hands. "It's not perfect, but it'll run," he said, patting the hull affectionately. "Just keep it steady and be careful about where you push it too hard."

Fitt stretched, shaking off his casual demeanor. He climbed into the pilot's seat, his eyes reflecting determination. "Don't you worry, Chef. I'll drive this old girl like she's a royal carriage."

"Time's up," called the stranger, revving the engine of his speedster, the powerful hum resonating in the silent field.

We stood there, watching as Fitt prepared for the race, a motley crew embroiled in an unexpected adventure. The engine roared to life under Chef's practiced touch, the sound reverberating through the silent colony. The stranger looked over, a smug smirk on his face, ready to claim his victory.

But as the speedsters revved their engines, the sound echoing across the vastness of the deserted colony, I couldn't help but feel a surge of anticipation. We had come this far, faced insurmountable odds, yet we had always pulled through.

As the race began, dust and debris kicked up into the air, obscuring the battered speedsters from view. Yet, through the roiling dust cloud, I could see Fitt's determined form, hunched over the controls, pushing the speedster to its limits.

I turned to Chef, placing a hand on his shoulder, giving it a reassuring squeeze. "We've got this."

With his usual humor missing, Chef simply nodded, his gaze never leaving the receding forms of the speedsters. "Yeah, we do."

For all his bluster and humor, Fitt was a man of his word. The race was on, and so was our mission. We could only hope that fate was kind enough to be on our side. After all, we had a family to find.