Ristin leaned back from the durasteel beam he had been cutting. Soot covered his face and arms. He lifted his goggles from his eyes, the skin underneath perfectly clean amidst the grime and grease on the rest of his face. He looked up from his site to the almost completed facility he had helped design with Taryn, and a simple, satisfied smile tugged at his mouth at the site of it.
It had been almost a month since he had landed on Viscara, and what a month it had been. There had been ups and downs, bruises and bloodshed, but the darkest moment had definitely been his involvement with the Republic Convoy attack. Ristin was no stranger to war, his people were a master of it, he had been in combat, seen death before…but this had been different. Through the smoke and haze, the bodies of all those men and women, still twitching from the blaster fire, had seared into his mind. He had not dealt the killing blow, but his hands were no less stained. Fingers could be pointed, excuses could be made, but nothing changed the fact that the convoy was attacked and Ristin had helped. It had been dishonourable, ungentlemanly. And perhaps worst of all, it had been sloppy.
Ristin held no illusions that he could erase or ‘make up’ for that deadly mistake, but nonetheless, it felt good to work with Taryn on this project. Taryn too, Ristin thought, needed this shelter to succeed. He had watched the self taught doctor run around and work with the hired crew to adjust and tweak the placement of every bed, check every linen for cleanliness and made sure every scalpel, scanner and surgical tube was in pristine condition. Nothing was wasted, no corners were cut. Taryn made use of every single scrap he had access to, Ristin admired him for that sense of efficiency.
More and more, it seemed Viscara was becoming their home. The two of them, and Aedross, had designs on finding steady work with one of the corporations, or perhaps going on some grand expedition for lost treasure on a mysterious planet. Instead, they had landed on this mudball and found friends, rivals, enemies and even lovers. And now they had the chance to forge a brighter destiny, and this hospital was a good first step.