Category: Illiya Insights

Illiya Chapter 6: Arrival

Arrival Prepare for landing “How’s it looking?” asked Susan, resting her hand on the edge of Carla’s console. Carla leaned in slightly towards the captain and pointed at one of the screens. “Low-level overflights are almost complete, captain. Four light drones were lost, but we received good data before...

Illiya Chapter 5: Escape

Escape Cargo bay Taylor lingered in the kitchen long after her mother returned to the bridge. Her anger slowly dissipated and she became restless. Not wanting to return to the bridge and face Carla just yet, she headed down the long central passage towards the cargo bay, followed closely...

Illiya Chapter 4: Full House

Full house Debrief The crew gathered on the bridge half an hour after waking. After reprimanding Leigh for his foolhardiness, Susan had left the rest of the crew to wake themselves up and follow their personal post-hibernation rituals. Most of them had consumed a quick breakfast of prepackaged food....

Illiya Chapter 3: Bridges

Bridges Approach Half an hour later, mother and daughter floated in the small kitchen, eating from vacuum-sealed foil dinner packets. They had invited Henry to join them, but he had gracefully declined, taking his food packets away to eat in his quarters. Taylor floated up-side down as she ate,...

Illiya Chapter 2: Outward Bound

Outward bound A.D. 3485 Weeks earlier “Watch where you’re drifting,” said the captain as she pushed Taylor’s feet away from her chair. “Sorry, Susan.” Taylor spun in a slow midair cartwheel, then grabbed a ceiling hand grip to arrest her movement. She stretched out her left arm and pushed...

Illiya Chapter 1: Taylor

Taylor Alone Taylor waited in the rain and mud for hours. She waited until her stomach rumbled. She waited until the hunger passed into a cold ache and the sun dipped below the horizon. “He’s not coming back,” she whispered to the falling rain as it mingled with her...