2237-07-31 - The Interview

Eva interviews a new wingman.

Date: 2237-07-31

Location: Colonial Airspace, Above Picon

Related Scenes: None

Plot: None

Scene Number: 358

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Scorpia time, in many ways, is slow time. It's time to rest, relax, recuperate. But it's also time to do the things that combat doesn't always allow. Like training, like familiarizing yourself with a new squadron, or like auditioning potential new wingmen. No one, in the Colonial Forces is ever hardlined to fly with another pilot, but no pilot will ever deny that they do have preferences, and they tend to do what's required to make sure they get their pick when the duty rotation comes up. For Eva, in times past, her pick has always been Farm Boy. But with the move to the Vanguard, and the two senior pilots finding themselves being separated more often than not, it's fallen to Eva to start her auditions all over again. Lucky Walker. "Hurricane, thanks for taking the time." Eva's found a patch of unoccupied airspace, she's cleared it with command, and she's set up a course similar to the qualification trials. At the moment, she's holding steady at the 'beginning' of the course.

Walker has settled in to the cockpit of the new Viper, but it's taken some time . A few trial flights having been conducted previously in the ship to take it through a few ins and outs; but he has opted to join Eva on this flight. "Not a problem Cherry, and Cane is fine too. Was told once the full Hurricane was a bit of a mouthful; granted I've been told that about many things." The banter is made with a tone that should be humored, but is instead rather serious sounding. "I'm gonna have to warn in advance, my style isn't... probably what they emphasize with CF folks coming in."

"Oh, I have no doubt about that, 'Cane. Your reputation precedes you." Eva pulls away, moving to join the other pilot, the drones coming to life behind her. There's also that edge of humour underscored with a more serious tone, "I suppose, then that it's a good thing that I missed that lecture when they signed me up." It's not live fire today, for the drones at least, which is for the good, but even still, the training system will alert Addison that a few of them have already locked on to him, "Want a go solo? Or would you rather try to see if you can keep up with me?"

"Either way works fine for me Cherry." Addison responds, flipping over a few switches inside the Viper and shutting off some of the navigational supports. "These new ships, they try to compensate too much for lateral movements. I swear that the Engineers forget Newtonian physics sometimes." The muttering he makes is done with a under the breath sort of fashion. "If it helps you to watch, you can watch. If you'd rather experience, that's fine also."

"In my experience, Cane, the best way to learn is by doing. One of the reasons I much prefer actually flying to using the sims, or gods forbid, the holobands. Nothing will ever be able to calculate for all of the variables of actually flying a ship. If I'm going to fly with someone, I'm going to fly with them, not study them from afar." The drones, already awake, begin their attack sequence, and Eva, without giving a go, simply advances in towards the targets, going in, as she always does, hard and fast. Now to hope she doesn't embarrass herself.

If Addison had nerves, he'd probably be nervous; but it's drones and the relaxation hits him rather quickly, unlike his last time out where remembrance caused him to freeze. When Eva darts in, he does as well, a small smirk on his face as he intercedes into the midst of the targets. His statement about flying differently is rather true as he hones in on one of the targets and instead of chasing it from behind, ends up at a sideways angle above it, rotating around in a half-circle. "This is part of why I got the call of Hurricane. Instructors told me I flew around like a storm with the target in the eye, keeping them from having any peace."

Addison attacks Drone3 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Eva attacks Drone4 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone3 attacks Eva with Missile but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew but Addison EVADES!

Drone4 attacks Addison with Missile but Addison EVADES EASILY!

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Drone2 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Weapon.

Drone3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Addison)

Eva, flying in, seems to target the drone that was the first to target Addison, her viper diving, to both evade the incoming 'fire' on her, as well as to attempt the attack. Which, both works, in that she does evade, but does not, in that she barely managed to rock the drone off of it's rotation. As she spins back around, she does manage to see Addison's KEW clear one of the targets, "Nice work, 'Cane." And then she's back in again, pushing the throttle just that small amount harder,a s she sweeps in almost perpendicular to the other pilot.

"Thank you." Addison responds as he flips the Viper on it's dorsal so that he is arcing it above the next target spraying KEW beneath him; a rainbow of pretty tracers. "I will say the problem with flying this style however is that it does leave a lot of room for opponents to sit in your shadow. Gotta be twitchy." The sentiment is emphasized as a drone shot plunks off the armor harmlessly.

Addison attacks Drone2 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Drone4 attacks Addison with Missile but Addison EVADES!

Drone4's weapon clicks empty.

Eva attacks Drone4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone2 attacks Addison with Kew but Addison EVADES!

The goad to her viper, as she flips it end over end, does add a bit more damage to the drone, but not enough. And if it were possible to see Eva's face, or hear the words she's muttering to herself, well, she's not best pleased. Still, none of that comes over the comms, as she flips back right side up, launching herself in a new trajectory for a new target. "Adjusting targetting."

"Now so you know Cherry, this a real combat situation, I'm taking out your target first." Addison comments as he flips the bird yet again. There's a stretching feeling inside the cockpit as the vessel struggles to fight against the physics of changing directions. Damn you Newton (or the BSG equivalent). "I always drilled that into my Wing back on Picon. Your Wing's target is your target. I've seen too many people get taken out playing Hero in the skies."

Addison attacks Drone2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone4 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Eva attacks Drone2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Drone2 attacks Addison with Kew but MISSES!

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Addison, Eva)

"I've got no problem with that, 'Cane. It's all about the style that works for the person you're flying with. Knowing up front what a wingman's flying style helps me to know how to best pool our resources. The thing I take issue with, is when people put playing hero over completing the mission. If you can't trust your wingman to keep themselves in the air, while you complete the mission set out for you, that's a problem. If they're in serious trouble, that's a different story." As the pair of KEW fire takes out the target, Eva banks hard to the left to fall into step with Addison, flying so close she could see him through the canopy, if she were looking in his direction, "I'm on your wing." So he's flight lead now.

Hearing the call of her slipping to his wing, Addison's tone actually changes a bit and he speaks a bit more solidly, "Alright. We got double on your tail so let's take out this Heavy that's working you. I'm going to Nose flip it and push her up. Trust you to take him where he needs to go." Then on cue, Hurricane flips the Viper over completely letting a spray of KEW fly towards the Heavy in pursuit of Eva.

Addison attacks Drone4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose.

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone4 attacks Eva with Kew but MISSES!

Eva is nothing, if not adaptable. She flies as well in the backup position as she does in the lead. And when she hears Addison's orders, she moves to bracket the raider, adjusting her trajectory to lead it across his line of fire, pulling in close enough that she risks actually having his live fire damage her own ship, if his aim is off. She trusts it not to be. Sje does not, however, manage to get a hit off in time, as her her own viper takes a hit across the wing, and sends her off at an abrupt angle. "Correcting."

Walker slips the volley from the Raider trailing him and chuckles softly as he wiggles his wings before rolling over. The motion brings him in a corkscrew towards the drone chasing down Eva. "I think this Drone likes you there Cherry. Did you download pictures of it's mom?"

Addison attacks Drone4 with Kew. Stopped by ARMOR on Body.

Eva attacks Drone4 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Drone4 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Eva is still moving and flying for all she's worth. Sadly, she doesn't seem to be worth much, so it may be she who fails the interview. "Is that so wrong? I ask you...who doesn't like a bit of cyber porn?" Now that she seems to have herself back on track, she attempts to flip back towards the drone, moving in to attack it head on, as though she were hoping to keep its attention, while Addison finds his own sweet spot. The hit she manages, but as the drone moves off in its programmed routine, it's proof that the damage was not quite as decisive as she might have hoped. "I feel as tough I'm about to be fired, 'Cane."

"Fired from what?" Addison asks back as he completely whiffs on his shot; at least in his opinion as the shots fail to puncture through the armor; probably too far away for a good puncture. "Last time I checked the Ace can't get fired by the Rookie. With that in mind, try to straight line this scrap for a bit so I can circle him." Bringing his Viper up a bit to a higher angle, he circles it beneath him some, trying to lay a steady stream of KEW while moving like a vulture.

Eva attacks Drone4 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone4 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Addison attacks Drone4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew but Addison EVADES EASILY!

"Last time I checked, a shitty wingman is not the sort of wingman you want riding into an operation with you. Shit is still shit, no matter how many kills they might have notched on their belt." Eva, acquiescing to Addison's orders, slows her ship, allowing the trajectory to even out, making sure that the drone, that, perhaps both of the drone, can better target her, not seeming to notice that doing so means that she needs to fly in what, in a land vehicle, might be considered reverse. Such is the beauty of a viper.

Addison chuckles again, strafing shots over the Heavy Raider then fortunately watching the shots from Eva sinking in better. "It's a dance Cherry. Gotta have two to do the dance otherwise it's just a disaster. And even shitty dancing is still dancing. Stick on the Heavy, I'm going to slip to the other on your tail and see if I can get you some space."

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Eva attacks Drone4 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone4 attacks Eva with Kew but MISSES!

Addison attacks Drone5 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva)

Eva's gamble comes at a price, as she leaves herself a sitting duck, in all the ways that matter, to allow a good shot on Addison's target. She own KEW, as she pulls in close to the 'heavy' that's been dogging her, is enough to finish it, finally, off, but it means that she takes a heavy hit from the one Addison is targeting. Still, she shakes it off, as she always does, "Just a flesh wound." With her target clear, she moves to join Addison on his.

"Right, flesh wound. You know I can see pretty damn well." Addison comments as he moves to settle in with the Drone still on Eva's tail. "Keep wiggling, let's try to clean this up but if you get another shot you go full evasive."

Eva attacks Drone5 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Drone5 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Addison attacks Drone5 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew but Addison EVADES!

Drone5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva, Addison)

"I'm sure that you can. But I also know that if I'm still flying, I'm still fighting. I don't let damage slow me down until it has to." Between the pair, they manage to finish off the offending drone, leaving them with only a single target. "One more time with feeling, 'Cane." Eva's fighting the ship now, that's obvious, but she's still pushing the vehicle hard.

"Down to one. Get behind him, I'm going to flip it and scrape low and under you. Should line this frak up for a nice spray when he moves to chase me." Addison accelerates, trying to create some space before he does exactly what he claims, flipping his Viper abruptly and streaking back towards his target and underneath it so that it will bank to follow; hopefully into Eva's own KEW spray.

Eva attacks Drone1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose.

Addison attacks Drone1 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Growing pains, clearly, the pair are having them. And that's why they practice. It takes time, to learn a new partner, to get to know their own mind as well as your own, until that point where flying with them is muscle memory and reflex. And the pair might well get there. because they both do hit, though Eva's angle isn't perfectly aligned to Addison's trajectory. "That's on me! Coming back around."

"It's alright, my timing is pretty abrupt on that. I'm going to burn to full and then release. Let momentum carry and thruster strafe some. Try to create a bit of crossfire. If I get hit, you're buying the beer." Addison's voice can be heard to carry a bit of chuckle as he informs Eva of what he's doing, hopefully something that'll cease with time when she can anticipate his chaotic actions.

Drone1 attacks Addison with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Eva attacks Drone1 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Weapon.

Addison attacks Drone1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

CREW HIT! attacks Drone1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

CREW HIT! attacks Drone1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Head.

CREW HIT! attacks Drone1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg.

CREW HIT! attacks Drone1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Drone1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva, Addison, CREW HIT!)

Better, not perfect, but better, as Eva lines up the drone for Addison's attack run, her own fire barely causing any damage, as it seemed intended more to lead the drone where she wanted, then to try to eliminate it herself. But she doesn't miss the tag on her wingman either. And her voice, when it comes, holds no small amount of humour, "Scratched your paint, 'Cane. I'm buying."

"Damn straight you are. Let's get your limped ass back to the ship and into bay. Then drinks and you can criticize my technique." Hurricane's response comes across the speakers as he coasts over by Eva's viper, to give it a quick survey with a visual cue.

Eva says, "Now the real fun begins."


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