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Gert watched the screen draw closer to the faint outline of a circle on the black hull until Inzari shut off the light well before making touchdown.
“Inzari!” Gert squeaked.
“Keep your suit on, I saw where it is,” Inzari said, pushing on the dual joysticks that were the shuttle’s manual steering. “I just feel more comfortable if they can’t see the light is all.”
“She’s right,” Inzari said, “but just in case, you know? Cloaking technology is limited as-is. I mean, you don’t need it for long distances in space, 'cause space distances are fucking enormous. They can’t see you unless they already know where you are, and if they know where you are, they can fire on you anyway. So actual disappear-from-view cloaking is for super close-range infiltration, like we’re doing now. And shining a goddamn light through the cloaking field on the ship you’re trying to approach would defeat the whole purpose of that!”
The entire shuttle stopped with a heavy thump, rocking Gert all about in his chair. His chest clenched tight.
“Perfect!” Inzari said. “Locking in the hatch now.”
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