Lots of down time. FTL is great, but unless your entire story is blink of an eye travel, you gotta deal with getting from one place to another.
An hour or so later Steve walked into the common area, Naomi and Lori were on their second pot of coffee, “Morning all.” He rubbed his dark brown hair then ran his hand down his face. He looked at the two women, their eyes boring holes in
Lori looked up, “Good morning to you too.” Something in the way she said those five words caused Steve to blush. He quickly turned away, reaching into the cupboard to grab first one, then a second coffee cup.
Jax walked in, “Morn—“ Steve shoved a cup of coffee at him.
Both women turned their stares from Steve to a new target. Jax sipped the coffee, then looked at the two women, “What?”
Steve sidled towards the lounge area the long way around. Lori I waggled her eyebrows, but said nothing. She tilted her head towards the other woman on the sofa and winked. Jax groaned but said nothing. He turned and looked at Rudy, still in his charging port, “Rudy.”
Rudy made a mechanical sound, “If the hormone parade is over,” he disengaged from his charger and rolled to stand in front of the wall-mounted entertainment screen. “My understanding is that we need to get things planned.” He turned to Steve, “Your order of cabling should be delivered in thirty minutes, I’ll have Baxter accept it.” Steve nodded dumbly looking from Jax, the droid, and the two women.
Travel time is a great opportunity for a writer. Whether it’s FTL or the brave companions crossing the valley on horseback, it’s your chance to world build, to establish details, and to just let yourself have fun. Maybe it’s movie night, maybe a character is amateur chef, and each meal is an adventure.
I’m having a blast exploring Jax and his friend’s personality and preferences. I can’t wait for you to read this new series.