From Your Mouth To God’s Ear, Dammit

Characters: Billy Nichols

"It was the year of fire... the year of destruction... the year we took back what was ours.
It was the year of rebirth... the year of great sadness... the year of pain... and the year
of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed."
– Babylon 5, Season 4 introduction

He had no idea how she pulled it off, sneaking him off the station right under the nose of the little prick himself, Bester. But then, he had no idea how CPO Dain pulled off any of her miracles, with no apparent effort.

Billy Nichols rolled over in the tiny bunk he had suddenly found himself sharing with two other engineers’ mates, both fortunately on-shift at the moment. He sighed, exhausted. It had been a long haul out around the Orion colonies, in a job he barely even remembered anymore. Worst of all, he had neither the credits for a StellarCom call, nor did he dare drop his assumed identity for even long enough to do that, even if he did. Of course, that meant either Kim was worried over him, or if she wasn’t, he was going to have to worry. Not like I don’t already, every day.

He scrubbed at his face. He knew he needed to get some sleep, be fresh for planetfall tomorrow, but he just couldn’t. This was his stop, and he was about to continue his new-found habit – his life was about to change. Again.