Elizabeth walked slowly past navigation and listened to the animated chatter at the stations. They’re all excited. It’s not every day we find a new species. She’d noted that while nearing the end of the shift, all crew on deck were awake and talking animatedly with each other. She smiled at the speculation about the alien on board.
She pulled up the EVA list again, checking it before sending it to the captain. Ratko, Rusty, Gogo, Lenz, Martine, Singh. All have their certificates for EVA. She allowed herself a smile. We’re treasure hunters! To think I had to go to … [READ MORE]
Elizabeth watched Captain Devereux wait impatiently at the shuttle bay airlock as the atmosphere slowly equalized. Rusty’s statement that the shuttle had an alien survivor aboard surprised everyone on the bridge. Now all those that could be at the bay, were there, waiting to glimpse this ‘survivor’. A new species? What do we call it? Heck, what does it call itself? She’d decided on calling the survivor an ‘it’ since she had no idea of gender, or even if there was one in the classical sense. How does something survive in a vacuum? What kind of tech makes up the … [READ MORE]
( Here’s chapter 10 As I said earlier, there was a small easter egg in the writing. Here it is: Sykes and Tuggle – James Caan and Roger Aaron Brown of ‘Alien Nation’)
“This is Shuttle One, we have Jefferies and Tao-tsu aboard, with their souvenirs”, Pryafox said with a chuckle.
“Understood, Shuttle One. Send scans and dimensions, we’ll make sure there’s room in cargo”, Elizabeth replied. This is exciting! Wreckage! Not just a bunch of rocks, but actual material and tech that might not have been seen before!, she thought.
“Commander, where are we at for ‘go … [READ MORE]
( From what I remember we were cycling though these chapters about every three days for about two weeks, then reality and other priorities caught up with us. There is a small easter egg in this chapter. See if you can find it. I’ll put up what it is in the next posting. Happy Hunting! 😉 )
An Angel? What is he talking about? “..ridge…..opy?” Elizabeth shifted her feet, and snuck a quick glance back at the captain. Devereux was working to hide an amused smile as she listened to the Chief. She turned back to the viewscreens and … [READ MORE]
Elizabeth stared at the augmented image on the screen, trying to make sense of it. Although the object remained indistinct, it was clearly not a fragment of an obliterated asteroid. What it was, though, she had no idea.
“What do you make of that?” Devereux asked, directly her question primarily toward Hawkes.
“I’ve seen nothing like it before,” Hawkes replied. He studied his console, but made no further comments.
Devereux turned toward the Science station. “Anything?”
Gho consulted her console and then shook her head. “We’re still not reading it, Captain.”
“Is that what’s causing the interference?”
The Science officer … [READ MORE]
Elizabeth’s surprise mirrored what she saw reflected on the Captain’s face. It took only a moment for the implications of Gho’s announcement to sink in.
There’s been other ships out here before.
“Can you tell what type?” Devereux asked.
Gho’s uncertainty was evident when she shook her head again. “Not yet,” she said. “At least not for sure.”
The Captain looked toward the Tactical station with concern. Lieutenant Hawkes met get her glance squarely. Neither said a word, but Elizabeth was certain that some kind of communication had passed between them. She felt a twinge of jealousy at being left … [READ MORE]
– 6 –
Elizabeth checked the seals of the Chief’s space suit. He was not making it easy on her as he shifted and turned as she tried to adjust the fittings.
“Hold still!” she scolded him, laughing.
Rusty grumbled something unintelligible in response. Elizabeth was certain the remark was uncomplimentary to her in some way. She just smiled. Regardless, he stopped fidgeting for the most part. Elizabeth fastened the straps that ran over his left shoulder, checked to make certain they were tight, and then worked to fasten the ones on his right side.
They were in the corridor … [READ MORE]
Elizabeth arrived at the conference room ten minutes early and closed the hatch. She sat down, lowered her head against the table, and breathed out a tired sigh.
So much for “light duty” . . .
It had taken her more than twenty minutes to receive acknowledgments out of everyone. The Chief, of course, had responded last. She had been tempted to go down to the Engineering Deck herself to make certain that he had seen her message. He responded, though, just moments before she made up her mind to do soheaded for Engineering.
Acquiring the conference room had been … [READ MORE]
( Things are starting to get a bit more interesting as the ship begins to work into the debris field. Microgravity as envisioned is a small but comparatively intense gravitational field that can effect ship travel. Enjoy Chapter 4 🙂 )
Elizabeth walked the bridge, trying to ignore the cold sensation of dampness between her shoulder blades. The collar of her uniform adhered with clammy wetness against her skin. She had given up try to pull it away.
What I wouldn’t give for ten minutes alone with a hair dryer . . .
Status reports from the various stations … [READ MORE]
Entering her quarters, Elizabeth lifted her left arm experimentally, prepared to feel sharp twinges of pain shoot along her shoulder. Instead, she felt some tightness, but no real discomfort.
That’s good stuff Hope has, she mused with a faint smile. It faded quickly. No wonder the Chief wanted it so bad.
She eyed her bunk, wondering if she dared try to remove her tunic before she lay down. She swung her arm slowly across her body.
It really doesn’t hurt that bad any more. And a little rest wouldn’t hurt. Hope said “light duty” and . . .
Elizabeth’s eyes … [READ MORE]