The rifter I've mentioned.
I was out in the slasher last night and came across a merlin at a gate in Orfrold (that name dances off the tongue, doesn't it? Orfrold). I sat there for a few seconds and he sat there for a few seconds. No sense fighting at the gate since the gate guns would tear through my slasher in a volley or two - so I headed to the sun hoping that he would follow. Nielendorane Galtran followed me a few seconds later in his merlin.
We jumped on each other and started blasting away. I was taking some damage, but when I turned on the afterburner to get some additional speed (and with it distance from my foe) things got much more comfortable. With barrage ammo and the range script in the tracking disruptor I was able to destroy the merlin relatively easily. GFs were exchanged in local.
I moved on and came across an imperial navy slicer at a plex. That should be fun. I turned everything up to 11 headed to the fight. We started battling and things weren't especially going well - slicers can be tough. And then the slicer's friend arrived in a harpy and things definitely went down hill fast. I blew up quickly. GFs were again exchanged in local.
Then tonight I noticed that there were a lot of abandoned drones in Auner - the FW guys seems to abandon drones with every fight. I like to clean the system up now and then, so I headed to the hangar to get in my Cheetah to scan them down. No Cheetah. I looked around and I had apparently left it in Lantorn for some reason. I hopped into a Republic Fleet Firetail that was handy and headed to Lantorn.
Along the way I scared a FW plexer in a plex to the point that he fled from me in his warp stabbed merlin after I started to pummel him.
Further along I came to the Hadozeko/Ardor gate and prudently landed at a perch a couple hundred km from the gate. There were 3 thrashers and a catalyst at the gate. Hmmm... We looked at each other for a few seconds and they jumped through.
I waited for about 30 seconds so that they could move along to their next stop, and then jumped through.
That was a mistake. On the other side were the 4 destroyers. oh oh.
I have been in this spot before and usually the frigate that I'm flying can just fly away from gate camps. Occasionally I get caught, but usually not - so I wasn't too worried. "We'll see how this goes," I thought.
I picked my next destination, hit the warp button, hit the damage control button, and suddenly everything was turning red. I was caught and taking massive damage. This is bad. I slammed the warp button repeatedly and just a couple seconds later, after my firetail blew up, I managed to get my pod away safely.
GFs were exchanged in local and a brief chat:
Caldari Joans > gf
Caldari Joans > figured you wouldn't jump through
Jack Dancer > gf
Lelden Praxis > gf
Jack Dancer > I'm not that clever... :-)
Caldari Joans > ahh lol
Lelden Praxis > lol
Caldari Joans > live and learn
Caldari Joans > got the pod out!
I made the next jump into Lantorn and decided that those drones could wait for another day to be picked up.