I finished turning the nine millimeter bolt I had been working on for three seconds. "All finished." I said, to no one in particular. One of the other ship technicians, a boy named Raul who had been assigned as my apprentice, was coming back from cleaning up one of his oil spills in the engine room. "Hey, Merril..." he began. "Yo?" "When can I learn how to install navigation systems like you?" "When you get promoted to tier five." I said, tapping my name tag, which had five stars on it. "You'll be lucky to even update one of them until then." "One day, I'm going to have a ship of my own." Raul said, beginning off to the next task I had assigned him. As I began to update the navigation system I had just installed, I remembered that was my dream, too.
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