Friday, September 14, 2012

The Blackstone Rings: Almost Home II

A jarring impact to the craft set off a series of alarms in the cramped cockpit. With a slap of her hand on an overhead panel, she silenced the distracting noise. Perhaps speed and skill might not carry the day for her after all, but she continued on towards her objective.

She was closing quickly on that objective without having sustained any more hits and began to relax marginally. Sensors pinged to notify her of extreme changes in the space around her. In spite of the dire circumstances she found herself in, she chuckled. The day she needed onboard sensors to tell her she was about to fly into an asteroid belt, she would know it was time for her to pack it in.

She could only imagine the degree of outrage she would be subjected to during her debrief for intentionally choosing to fly into the path of these chunks of rock and ice of varying sizes. She gave not a tinker's damn at this juncture for their scorn. As one of the original ten Explorer Corps pilots, she had outlived their statistical projections a long time past.

Proximity alarms chirped, unnecessarily, and she slapped them into silence as well.


This story excerpt was written for the Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet forum and is from my work in progress The Blackstone Rings: Legends Of The Explorer Corps. 

8 comments:

  1. I like the act of her driving into an asteroid belt and know they would disapprove - something like that says volumes about a character - and the fact that she could care less. Great snippet!

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  2. Darn those distracting alarms! Great snippet! Looking forward to more.

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  3. Love this!! Distracting noises aside, I can see she's a seasoned pilot (and having outlived statistical projection of said pilots) who will fly by the seat of her pants (literally). Looking forward to more!!

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  4. "There are old pilots and bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots." Hope she's entering the belt at its orbital speed.

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  5. I love a ship that one can slap around.

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  6. Scenes like this convince me that I really need to be reading more sci-fi set in space. Great job!

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  7. Love all the sound details in this. Very nice snippet. I get good sense of her character.

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