We thought our plan was foolproof.
After connecting to the province’s electrical grid, we would absorb enough energy into our capacitor to power our crippled spacecraft, and return home.
To convert the electricity into an energy we could use, we created three connectors, each adapting separate electromagnetic frequencies into the capacitor.
We tested the adapter, and ran our plan through thousands of scenarios on our computer, which calculated a 99% chance of success.
But the province’s grid failed under the stress of our power draw. We had to abandon the mission, leaving the adapter behind to remind us of our folly.
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