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Castaway Resolution – Chapter 30

Unless the Great And Glorious Writer (Ryk Spoor) changes his mind, this is the last snippet. Castaway Resolution - Chapter 30 Chapter 30. "We're going to start moving out of here now," Campbell said. "Just shot up one of those stinging-worm things, and the air here's gone way beyond foul, it's getting' toxic." "But we can't just stop work on getting Emerald Maui home!" Sakura said sharply. "Calm down, Saki, ain't no one saying anything like that. But we gotta start packin' and get out of here. It's not safe in any way. Move on down the coast,...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 29

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 29 Part 4: RESCUES Chapter 29. Sakura tried to ignore the telltales at the corner of her omni's display. Maybe I shouldn't leave them there at all. But the idea of not having an eye on her best friend ever was intolerable. And really, she just had to remind herself that there wasn't any reason to keep checking every second. Whips was in suspension, his metabolism slowed to something like a hundredth of normal. That didn't entirely apply to other aspects of his injuries, of course -- he wasn't going to live a...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 28

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 28 Chapter 28. "I'm dying, aren't I?" Whips asked over his private channel. He was pretty sure what the answer was going to be. Laura was silent for a moment. Then, very quietly, she said, "Yes. Yes, you are, Harratrer. I'm sorry." "Thought so." He tried to say it casually, but he could hear the pain in his voice too clearly. "We're working on it," she said. "We're not giving up, and you shouldn't either." "Got. . . too many things to do to give up," Whips said, studying the side display in his omni. "Franky and...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 27

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 27 Chapter 27. Relief and fear speared simultaneously through Laura. "Francisco? Thank God! Are all of you all right?" "Hitomi and I are good, yes. Whips. . . Whips is not good. He cannot move much." Then Whips' voice -- weak and with the burring undertone of pain and exhaustion -- came on the comm. "I'm here. . . Mom," he said. She smiled and felt tears start from her eyes at the same time. "Relaying through Francisco's omni -- I can link through the open airlock door." "I'm here, Mommy!" Hitomi said. "Whips is...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 26

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 26 Chapter 26. The problem, Whips thought, wasn't that he had to send out one of the kids; it was that he had to do that and accept that if something went wrong he could not do anything about it. Sky and Earth knew that there were dangers to going out on a rocking ocean vessel -- especially in this ocean. After the tsunami there would almost have to be a huge number of dead bodies, animals that hadn't been able to escape in time, and that meant that the water for many kilometers around, maybe hundreds of...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 25

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 25 Chapter 25. Sergeant Campbell surveyed the forest from ground level and found himself shaking his head. Doesn't stink too bad yet, but it will, and that'll be just the beginning. If their columns had been located on the northern edge of the continent, it might have been better in some ways; the wave wouldn't have had a chance to pick up much debris, it would have been more water than anything else. But they'd been kilometers inland and south, and what had reached them had been a set of massive waves of mud and...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 24

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 24 Chapter 24. Harratrer was rising through a nightmare. The Europan sea surrounded him, filled with darkness and menace. There were no Vents in range, and with horror Harratrer realized he was alone. He was in the high waters, nearer the Sky than the Earth, away from all safety. And there was something coming, behind him even as he fled. Something huge and swift and hungry. An orekath. He jetted as hard as he could, but the water seemed to have turned to gel thicker than a stickyseal. He moved forward...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 23

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 23 Chapter 23. Hitomi gripped the arms of her seat tight, focusing on the panels in front of her. She had to concentrate, because if she didn't she'd skip from thought to thought to thought in a blur, and it would be scary. Way too scary. Whips was still out there, and the wave, the wave was coming, a big wave they said. No, wait -- she heard the dragging sound of the big Bemmie moving fast behind her. "Are you both strapped in?" he said, his voice having that hooting undertone it got when he was breathing hard....