Captain Reese Rogers (aka Captain Awesome) and the crew of the Stargoose made planetfall just after noon, local. No sooner had the landing skids touched dirt than Rogers flew from the cockpit and pounded the button to open the hatch.
Right before he bolted, he whirled about. “Where's Doctor Feenk?” he demanded.
His pilot, Jemma Dee, rolled her eyes at him. “Locked in his quarters, per the captain's orders.”
“Per Captain Awesome's orders,” she corrected with a scowl.
He shot her a pair of thumbs-ups and grabbed the ship's flag. Last planet, Doctor Feenk had run a scan of the atmo then dipped his toe in the dirt out of sheer spite. This time, Rogers was going to claim the planet if it was the last thing he did. He slid down the ladder and waved to Pip the Robot to make sure he was being filmed.
With the flag (his own logo, naturally) grasped boldly in his outstretched hand, he announced, “I, Captain Awesome—oh, for crying out loud!”
Right at the big moment, a couple of joy-riders went speeding by on a hovercraft, tossing beer cans out the window. Rogers dragged the flag behind himself as he climbed the ladder and ordered immediate lift-off.
That was the fifth time this week. It was getting harder and harder to claim jack in this galaxy.