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Castaway Resolution – Chapter 22

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 22 Chapter 22. Even without Whips' terrifying message, Laura would have known that something was horribly wrong. With no visible warning, the quadbirds and other flying creatures suddenly burst from their perches and flew, whistling and hooting and screeching, away, all in a mingled, multicolored mass that arrowed off to the south. Almost in the same moment, she could see movement on the ground and the trees -- animals large and small running, scuttling, swinging through the branches, and all going in the same...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 21

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 21 Chapter 21. "No offense," a sleepy-eyed Portmaster Ventrella said, cradling his coffee in his hands like a precious jewel, "but this had better be very good, Sue." "You know I wouldn't kick you out of bed for anything that wasn't," Sue said. Then her conscience poked her, and she said reluctantly, "Well, it's not life-or-death. . . not directly now, I think, but. . ." The Portmaster sighed and gave a weary grin. "Ehh. You've got me up, let's talk about it. I'll decide whether I'm docking your pay or something...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 20

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 20 Chapter 20. "Jennifer?" Sue said softly. The young woman's eyes opened and looked around; for at least the third time, Sue watched the tension in Jen Buckley's face ease into relief as she took in the clean brightness of Orado Port's main medical facility. "I still keep thinking I'm going to wake up on LS-42." "I can't blame you. You spent a bit over a year on that ship. But you're safe now." "How are the others?" "All five of you are making a good recovery, Doctor Ghasia assures me. The four who. . . didn't...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 19

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 19 Chapter 19. The stench was the first thing that struck Sue as the airlock door finally opened, a smell that combined the worst features of sweat, bad breath, mildew, and rot. She coughed, almost gagged before her nanos cut in and damped the reaction, and hesitated for a moment at the threshold. Modern ships and space stations had highly advanced filtration and atmosphere reclamation systems which were designed to remove even the worst odors from the air and leave it with only the faint background scents that...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 18

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 18 Part 3: POSSIBILITIES Chapter 18. Sue Fisher leaned back in the bath, luxuriating in the hot, soapy water and the fact that after tomorrow she'd have seven glorious days off. Orado Station had gone back to the old routine in the months since Outward Initiative had staggered its way into the system, and she happily embraced routine after that disaster. Seven days would be more than enough to go planetside, visit Mom and Dad and maybe her brother if he wasn't somewhere on the other side of the world by then, and...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 17

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 17 Chapter 17. "That's good, Francisco, Hitomi, keep doing exactly that. We're making great progress," Whips said. Hitomi flashed one of her bright smiles and Francisco nodded seriously. "Si, it is going well." Now that he was finally recovered, Franky had really wanted to show he wasn't lazing around any more; that, along with the real need to move emergency provisions and stow them inside Emerald Maui, provided a perfect opportunity to let him and Hitomi work together. Whips was supervising them while he worked...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 16

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 16 Chapter 16. "I don't see anything," Xander whispered. "To the right of that big white rock," Caroline said quietly. Xander concentrated on the indicated area and his omni activated his retinal displays, causing the metamaterial lenses to realign and provide an effective ten times zoom. At the same time, it shifted the viewing spectrum slightly to take advantage of the dim light of Lincoln's night -- mostly provided by one of the huge comets that currently stretched across a quarter of the sky. Shadows...

Castaway Resolution – Chapter 15

Castaway Resolution - Chapter 15 Chapter 15. Whips pulled himself up as high as he could, then dropped back to the floor in a flopping landing that stung his belly pad. The thud transmitted itself loudly, echoing up through the column. "How's that?" "Looks great!" Maddox said, squinting at the readout in his omni. "Mel?" Melody Kimei -- ten centimeters taller but just as thin as she'd been when they landed -- nodded. "Well within strain parameters, and Whips outweighs any two or three of us. That floor will hold just fine." "How far below it...