Pirates? Aliens? Pah! It’s the Deep Black itself that is wholly unforgiving.
Like the mariners of old and their seas, those of us who explore the vast emptiness between worlds have an abiding respect for it. It’ll kill you quickly, but not so fast that you won't have time to scream your last agonised breath into the void. A rare few touch it and live.
I look at the cracks in the viewport - courtesy of an errant cargo cannister. They're growing; there's nothing I can do to stop them. Should've bought that escape pod...
Soon I’ll know the vacuum completely.