The acrid, metallic smell hit me from outside the room, and I didn’t want to go in. My stomach roiled at the thought, threatening to empty its contents if I went in. Likewise, my eyes threatened to squeeze themselves shut to keep whatever was on the other side of the door out of my mind.
Friday, October 23, 2020
“All hands secure for maneuver, in five minutes.” Flynn announced.
“Um, sir,” Steph questioned over the comms, “did we enter combat or come across something in this system I was not made aware of?”
“No, XO. We are indulging Ann’s whimsical mood.”
Ann gave a maniacal laugh as she tapped out a course.
Friday, October 16, 2020
The life of a storm rider was like that of many in emergency services: lots of boredom with a few intense moments of panic. Fortunately, to be on call mean I just had to have the means to get back to the plain states in a matter of minutes. I had decided to do a little traveling, and now sat on a high, cirrus cloud, barely more than a wisp in the upper atmosphere, and looked down at the dust plume.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Around Calypso, the world stretched out in open grassland. Only to the north was there any sign of civilization in the form of wood-framed tents. Even the landing pads for ships were just areas of grass with stone markers instead of concrete slabs with radio transmitters.
Friday, October 2, 2020
I virtually bounced with anticipation. The Fairhaven Cineplex was a standard theater, though they boasted an actual kitchen instead of the fast food junk, but I didn’t care about any of that. What I cared about was the Classic Screen. The announcement seemed like an eternity ago, but through a partnership, the cineplex had taken one of its theaters and revamped it into a classic Hollywood screening room. Plush leather seats, little lamps, tables, the works. They kept the modern conveniences with surround sound and whatever K resolution the screens were up to, now. Better than all that, the reason I bounced with excitement, was that the Classic Screen would only show classic, black and white movies. And first up was one of my all-time favorites.