Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday Taster 60: Parallel Slip

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Things are really becoming super scary on the space ship and it's even worse because Frederique can only have little glimpse of what's going on at a time. Scary!

Tucker doesn't even stop me but I can see on his face that first he is scared and second that even if I get us out of his mess he has something prepared to get me fired.
"Can I get fired?" I asked softly.
"What?" Fin answered.
"Never mind," I said. I don't push him to my control panel, there are tons of people around it, that would be useless I have no clue how to use it anyway. But there is something wrong with the girls. They are on there bike but not moving. I put my hand on Klara. She seems to be unconscious and I wonder for a second if that's what I look like when I'm blacking out. She has a piece of bread in her hand. Poison, is my first though.
"Take Debby away from the bike," I said.
"How can they be sleeping?" Lieutenant Fin asked but I don't bother to answer. I have other things to thing about. I saw motorbikes before, I know where is the button to go backward. I think going backward is the first thing I have to do, backward, turn around and then get out of here as fast as possible.
But there are so many buttons and I have no idea what they are for. I still get on the bike leaving Klara on the floor.
"Captain, what are you doing?" It's Tucker's voice behind me but I couldn't care less.
"Are you with me?" I said to Lieutenant Fin seeing him hesitating.
He looks at the start getting closer by the second.
"Yes," he said getting on the bike. It's a small yes, a very small one but it's all there is.
"Do you know how to ride this ship?" I asked hoping for a good news.
"No," Lieutenant Fin said with the same carefully measured voice.
"Then that makes two of us," I answered.
I put myself in position. The bike is more comfortable than I expected. I like to lie on my belly, that's generally how I sleep even if it's not the moment to fall asleep. I'm preparing for a race. I wondered why my other self thought it was a good idea to have me here at this moment but I can't figure it out. I place my first hand on the handle, it's hot and I feel somehow electrified. I place my second hand and everything changes. There is a screen in front of me, with a green grid in a strange system of coordinate that I can't recognized.
"Someone turn off the alert," I yelled. It's everywhere in my ears and I can't concentrate. The temperature too, it doesn't seem to get easier. I looked toward Fin but he seemed to be as perturbed as I am. I need a clue, I look at his fingers but he is not moving.
"Think, think, think," I repeated to myself and then I saw it in the corner, a purple star blinking near some words. I press the button with the same symbol and text appear on the screen. We are being pulled by the gravitational field of the star. It's asking me if I want to land there. I chose no, hell no, why the hell would I need to land on a star. I wonder why this is not automatized, I wonder why that question even exist and if I survive this I'll make sure to have my answer.

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  1. Impulsive. I hope she has made the right choice.

  2. Tense and fast paced snippet, really enjoyed it!