The Blackness of Space Ch. 7Joanna looked slightly worried. Quiet tears started making their way down her cheeks. "I don't know," she sobbed, "I just don't know."
Eric stumbled his way over to Joanna. He was just going to put his hand on her shoulder, but when he got over to he threw herself into his arms.
"Shh, it's okay," he whispered.
"No, it's not." She sobbed, "I don't know where the Major is, and, worse of all, we're horrendously of course and dead in the water."
Eric ran to his post.
"What the hell?! This wouldn't have happened if I was in the engine room."
Joanna looked worried, she had stopped crying, but her new state wasn't much preferable.
"What," she asked, "what's wrong?"
"The dispersal coil ruptured. If I was down there I could have fixed it or aborted the mission, but from here..."
He turned to Joanna.
"We have to get down there. If we get down there I might be able to fix the coil and get us back to Earth."
Now Joanna had stopped blinking. Eric thought she was just paying a lot of attentio
The Blackness of Space ch. 6Eric saw planet flow by like fish in a stream. Eric himself was floating through space with nothing to protect him, but that didn't matter he could breathe. And what was more, he didn't care. He just soared by, staring with an awe greater than anyone has had before, at the planets. The beautiful blue, red, orange, green and purple planets. Planets, he thought, were so much like us. Humans. People. No two planets were exactly the same, were they? Eric sighed deeply. He could stay here forever, without a care in the world. And no one could bother him.
Eric sat bolt upright and looked around. He was back on the Liberty with Lt. Yen on his left, shouting, but not looking, at him.
"ERIC, WAKE U--"
Eric put his left hand over Lt. Yen's mouth. He reached out with his right hand.
"Hi, I'm Eric, you are?"
"Oh, um Joanna Yen."
Eric stood up and looked around again. Joanna and he were the only people inside the cockpit. There was debris strewn across the floor.
"What happened?" He
The Blackness of Space ch. 5Just as Eric was about to speak to the girl Killre shouted out.
"Horrer! Lt. Yen! Strap yourselves in, we're about to get underway!"
Eric sighed and turned his chair toward his control panel. He and Killre hadn't gotten along since they had met each other, perhaps it was their size difference or perhaps the aftermath of a history long forgotten. Eric looked at the monitor in front of him. To the average man it would have shown nothing more than a series of dots, lines, grids and numbers, each one a different color. But Eric, graduating from high school at sixteen and college at eighteen, was not an average man. To him the panel showed fluctuations, power surges, maps of time-space, latitudes and longitudes. However, Eric was a little preoccupied by finding out the girl's name. So preoccupied he did not notice a large power surge and a course change.
"Alright," said Killre, "Let's make it a good one."
As the Hiem engine began to power up, the ship began to shake. It started as a low rum
The Blackness of Space ch. 4The woman just looked at Eric. A look that said very much, and so little. It told him that she respected Killre and disapproved of Eric's behavior. What it did not tell him was if she thought his comment was witty (which is what Eric had intended), or if she thought he was hitting on her (which he was not doing). Although, if he wasn't engaged, he'd have good reason to. Without the book in front of her, Eric could see a beautiful Asian face. Her long, dark black hair rested on either of her shoulders. Her eyes were, oddly enough, the most brilliant blue Eric had ever seen, suggesting that one of her parents was not Asian like the other. She went back to her book slowly. Eric looked at her this time. It's funny how sometimes there's a surprise in life just around the corner. As a boy Eric had imagined meeting a lovely, if albeit insanely independent, Chinese princess. When Eric was at MIT meeting Evlyn he looked back on these fantasies of a girl just out of reach and b