the smuggler’s bible


Hamlet makes his way to the main admin building. Some lights are burning, but the door lock glows red under his hand. Then he hears the static—like an old signal coming from far away.

“Seen enough to convince you?”

When he turns around, there’s a fuzzy blue holo standing in the snow. He pings Horatio, but just gets dead air.

“I came all the way out here didn’t I?”

“You sure did,” the static says, and Hamlet hears the bolt slide in the lock behind him. “There are snakes inside, kid, but don’t forget the serpent back at home.”