Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday Taster 96: Parallel Slip

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"We run out of gas because of our little adventure with the last star, isn't it?" I said. "Yes," Lieutenant Fin said looking down. Escaping that had taken a lot of energy, that was obvious, so if we turned back because of it, it wouldn't only be because someone had poisoned the girls, that was their first chance, kill my pilots but they also wanted to kill them at a place where we would be in danger, they wanted to get rid of the pilots where they would have been necessary to avoid the problem, knowing that somehow protocol would get us out, knowing that somehow we would escape with not enough fuel to get to Antares but only enough to go home.
I stopped between Debby and Klara.
"Can you do it?"
"What are you thinking?" Tucker said. "Did everything that happened since you're in charge teach you anything at all?"
He was fulminating.
"Can you do it?" I repeated ignoring Tucker, the council members still not giving me any clue.
"We can leap," Klara said.
"Probability of failure?" I asked.
"5.64%," Debby said.
"You know what happens if they fail," Tucker said. "We'll be snatched into the black hole and end up out of the white all and nobody knows where."
"Have you ever done it before Tucker," I turned to face him and the council members. "As any of you ever propelled at full speed with a black hole?"
There was murmurs but no answers.
"Do it!" I said to the girls.
"Are you sure captain?" Klara asked.
"It's an order but don't you dare make a mistake on me," I said.
"You are as crazy as your father," Tucker said.
"I'll take that as a compliment," I answered.
The patient man of the council looked at me.
"Are you ever going to follow protocol? Despite us asking you too," he asked. "Why do you want so badly to complete this mission? we told you that you are to follow protocol, especially in time of emergency, unless unexpected actions are required."
"But this is not a matter of emergency," I said.
I managed to get a smile out of the man, a very small one which disappeared as much as fast as it had appeared.
"Then why not follow protocol and go home," he said.

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  1. I like her determination especially in rejecting the council's recommendation. Now, I need to know the results she has ordered. Suspenseful excerpt!