Note: articles in this blog are often referencing to biography of this character.
Karina spent few more hours as the "delivery girl" and learned few good lessons. One of them was about the need to always check the mission details related to the destination station distance from the system entry star; everything distant more as 10k light seconds (ls) is not worth the extra money because it needs too much flight time in the supercruise. Another hard learned "lesson" was about the need to disable the external flight controller (notebook touchpad) which unwanted use resulted in accidental serie of shots into the station wall during docking maneuver. Station response to it was lethal ... numerous defense turrets opened fire. Karina's ship shaked, its canopy broke almost instantly and followed an emergency ejection of the pilot's escape capsule.
Few hours later she awakened in the medical tank and then learned from local doc that he is at the Detention Megaship. Luckily, she had enough money to pay the insurance, and the local office of the insurance company already have sent her new ship. She went first to local security office where have paid off the fine for station attack, and then headed into docks to check her "new" ship. Short check confirmed that all ship's systems are identical quality and level, ... however Karina still felt deep sorrow for the loss of the original Beetle. "I really want to avoid repeating of this experience", she thought.
Latest affairs forced her to think more serious about finances ... it seemed more obvious now, that the possibility to lose a ship is not something what could not happen. She returned from detention centre and were again checking the list of offered missions ... and then she noticed it: it was an generously paid mission asking surgical strike against skimmers on planet surface. What was the most interesting on this type of mission was the fact, that it was needed only use of small surface vehicle (SRV). Type of ship used as SRV carrier was practically irrelevant if the pilot was careful enough and left his ship in safe distance. What was even more interesting was that there were more customers (factions representatives) asking for attack on the same skimmers. Was about time to find how it works in real.
Multiple surface missions against skimmers were finished and Karina had enough occasions to improve her SRV's driving skills. Also her finances have raised up nicely. She learned the differences between sound and graphic patterns showed on SRV radar; and this new skill resulted in collecting of different micro-materials which can be for example used fo refuel, repair or rearm of the SRV. There was also one hidden bonus, which was revealed when Karina received personal message from Pilots Federation. They informed her that she had reached the rank Scout (Exploration). And then came one another surprise, it was personal invite to visit Felicity Farseer. Karina did not know for sure who Felicity is, but she heard already some rumors about persons called "The Engineers". "It may be worth to visit her", thought Karina, but there was something else, what she want to do earlier ... her assets rised up enough to allow her think about new better ship.