Incursion Chapter 4: Search for Heather

Search for Heather Black morning “Char!” screamed Taylor. “What is it? What has happened?” said Char as he jerked upright. Taylor felt her heart pounding in her chest. “Fire!” Char pulled her close. “The fire is gone. You were dreaming. We escaped.” Taylor blinked at the pale light of...

Incursion Chapter 3: A walk in the park

A walk in the park Night hike “We could have waited to leave in the morning,” said Char. “You told me yourself there’s a lot to see at night, and we are exploring. I figured we might see some new animals at night. ” “Meat-eaters hunt at night,” said...

Incursion Chapter 2: New beginnings

New beginnings Get out of bed Taylor gave Char a shove with her elbow. “Unggghh. You’ve been hogging the bed again.” Char opened one eye and reached out with a long green arm to play with Taylor’s hair. “I am larger than you, therefore I need more of the...

Incursion Chapter 1: Reflections

Reflections Connections “Well, I suppose there are far worse places you could be right now.” “You’re right. Aeden is a paradise.” Taylor smiled at the image of her mother hanging in the air above the grass. She had set the small computer down by her feet so she could...

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...