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22nd of February, 19XX

The Final Exam

by R&D Officer Lio L. Levon

So today was the day...
The final exam to become an official member of the crew. I still can't believe I managed to pass, considering how terrible I did.
The first test involved an obstacle course and a duel, in which I went up against another crewmate-to-be, Gemini. We were pretty neck and neck, despite a near stab to the foot. Thankfully what I've learned really helped me avoid any real injury, but I screwed up big and showed too much concern, making sure Gemini did not get hurt himself. That wound up causing me to fall behind and just fail the first test by getting frozen before even making it to the arena proper. No good deed, Lio. No good deed...
The second test involved defusing a bomb, something I should be good at! But I began second-guessing myself, unsure which wire to cut after ruling out the obvious fake. Gemini had a backup plan at the very least, though another crewmate-to-be, Carica, couldn't really assist after getting hit with a stray pellet from the firing range nearby. Thankfully Officer Joaquin was there to inform of potentially the correct color, and going with his suggestion, we got the bomb defused! I feel stupid for second guessing myself, but considering I would've picked the wrong color without his help, maybe it's for the best...
The third test involved finding materials to assist an injured civilian, which for the purpose of the test was one of the professors. We all worked together rather well that time! The others searched for the materials while I kept guard, making sure no further danger befell the 'civilian'. The medicine made was apparently quite a tonic, able to deal with stuff like concussions! Thank goodness too, Carica needed it, so the professor made sure they took it, before there was a fire in the lab room of the academy... Again. She had to go deal with that, so we moved to the last test.
The final test involved closing a rift without causing a panic. The others were very clever and distracted the bystanders so that I can close the rift, but I dropped my set of tools! One of the others handed me theirs and I closed it, but I also accidentally let something slip out when I was closing the rift. The professor gave us a pass and let the mistake go under the rug, provided we never make that mistake out on the field.
In the end, we all passed. Officer Joaquin did the best, unsurprisingly. I wonder what happened that made him have to take the exam anyway? Gemini was just behind him, doing very well for not showing any weakness or hesitation. Carica was third but only because they lost the duel to Joaquin. I was dead last and only barely made the cut. I'm certain if the professor didn't let the mistake I made in the last test slide, I wouldn't have even passed. I'm such an idiot! ...I'm officially a part of the crew, don't I don't feel like I truly earned it. I'm going to need to work very hard to keep up. I don't want to be a burden to people anymore.
I just want to help.

Continue reading...

  1. The Final Exam
    22nd of February, 19XX
  2. A Futile Report
    25th of April, 19XX
  3. Problems
    1st of May, 19xx
  4. IWL Debacle
    3rd of May, 19xx
  5. Admiral's Orders
    8th of May, 19xx
  6. Avian Antics
    30th of May, 19XX
  7. Saving Private Squishy
    28th of August, 19xx
  8. A Not-so-Warm Welcome
    11th of September, 19xx
  9. The Quiet (But Busy!) Year
    17th of October 19xx
  10. Timothy's Trial
    1st of November, 19xx
  11. Wandercrew's Wild Ride
    22nd of November, 19xx
  12. Vatna's Reunion
    18th of December, 19xx
    18th of December, 19xx
  14. The Road to Unification
    19th of December, 19xx
  15. A Tree Grows in Liminal
    20th of December, 19xx
  16. Promotion
    12th of January, 19xx
  17. Work and Play
    2nd of February, 19xx
  18. A Kindred Spirit
    3rd of March, 19xx
  19. Sigil Sagacity
    10th of April, 19xx
  20. Dear Mom
    8th of May, 19xx
  21. A Star's Silver Lining
    23rd of May, 19xx
  22. Gone...
  23. Twenty-Three
    12th of June, 19xx
  24. Questionnaire Pt.1 (1-25)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  25. Questionnaire Pt.3 (51-75)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  26. Questionnaire Pt. 4 (76-100)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  27. Checking on the Herd
    18th of June, 19xx
  28. To Meet One's Heroes
    18th of June, 19xx
  29. Useless
    26th of June, 19xx
  30. A Mind for Machines, an Ear for Music
    4th of July, 19xx
  31. Wandervania: Symphony of the Nightcap
    15th of July, 19xx
  32. Some Assembly Required: An Inventor's Dream
    17th of July, 19xx
  33. Taking Teeth for Granted
    18th of July, 19xx
  34. An Unknown Science
    20th of July, 19xx
  35. A Raucous Reunion
    24th of July, 19xx
  36. To Pim and Ento
    24th of July, 19xx
  37. Beauty
    6th of August,19xx
  38. A Perfect Storm
    7th of August, 19xx
  39. An Invitation
    9th of August, 19xx
  40. Happiness
    12th of August, 19xx
  41. Tinger and the Bun
    12th of August, 19xx
  42. Time Away From Work
    13th of August, 19xx
  43. Addicted to Failure
    14th of August, 19xx
  44. Long, Long Ago
    18th of August, 19xx
  45. Questionnaire Pt.5 (101-120)
    ? of ?, 19xx
  46. For the Sake of Others
    27th of August, 19xx
  47. What Was Lost
    29th of August, 19xx
  48. Something Lost, Something Learned
    1st of September, 19xx
  49. Coming Full Circle
    4th of September, 19xx
  50. Audio Recording #1: Risky Rifty Tech
    5th of September, 19xx
  51. Audio Recording #2: Facing the Devil's Maw
    21th of September, 19xx
  52. Audio Recording #3: Parks and Renovation
    24th of September, 19XX
  53. Audio Recording #4: Facing the Giant
    16th of October, 19xx
  54. Audio Recording #5: Becoming More than Myself
    21st of October, 19xx
  55. Audio Recording #6: Crewmate Camaraderie
    23rd of October, 19xx
  56. Audio Recording #7: Passing the Wrench
    20th of November, 19xx
  57. Audio Recording #7: The Coming Storm
    11th of December, 19xx
  58. Audio Recording #8: Liminal Stands Together
    17th of December, 19xx
  59. Selfish
    ?? of ??, ????
  60. Questionnaire Pt.2 (26-50)
    ? of ?, 19xx