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Six Sentence Sunday #25 – Revenant (Part 5)

It’s Sunday and that means its Six Sunday time. This is the fifth part of my Six Sunday Serial, Revenant. Once again, this scene picks up immediately following last week’s six sentences, so if you want to catch up or need a recap then just follow this link.

I’d like to thank everyone for their fantastic words and ongoing encouragement. I promised last week that there’d be some action this week and I just hope that I don’t disappoint you – after all I did put the pressure on with my parting line last week.

So here we go …

    Ryan braced his weapon against his shoulder and initiated the command to open the airlock. His finger hovered over the trigger; these first few seconds could be deadly.
    A slight change in pressure told him the doors were open, and he fired immediately, the barrel of his rifle flaring as the husks attacked.
    The first one fell, its legs vaporised by the superheated plasma. Well-placed shots to the head and chest dropped the second one a heartbeat later, while a third closed quickly.
    “Damn, these bastards are fast.”

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Six Sentence Sunday #24 – Revenant (Part 4)

This is the fourth installment of my Six Sunday Serial, Revenant. As before, this scene picks up immediately following last week’s six sentences. If you want to see the story so far please follow this link. I promise that next week he will actually leave the room he’s been standing in since the story started, but I wanted to set the scene for what comes next and six sentences is a teasingly small number to try and do that in quickly. I thank you for your patience 🙂

So here goes…

    The lights above the airlock showed green, his ship was now firmly attached to the dreadnought’s side.
    Implants embedded in his brain allowed him to control ship systems with a thought, and now that the link was in place, that control also extended to the derelict. At least it would once he restarted the reactor, until then, he’d have to do things the old fashioned way. Schematics appeared on his visor; the Drake’s engineering section was about fifty metres away, and getting there was his first priority.
    Preliminary scans indicated that, apart from the cryo-storage units in the ship’s hold, there were no other life signs aboard, but he’d been on sleeper ships before.
    It wasn’t the living he needed to worry about.

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Six Sentence Sunday #23 – Revenant (Part 3)

This is the third installment of my Six Sunday Serial, Revenant. As before, this scene picks up immediately following last week’s six sentences. If you want to see the story so far please follow this link.

    He set his excitement aside and reviewed the ship’s log. The Francis Drake was a sleeper ship, one of nineteen such ships, launched one hundred and seven years ago with the dream of taking humanity to the stars. Designed to function autonomously, the ships set out from Earth to the Gilese system, with enough equipment and supplies to start a new life for their cryogenically preserved cargo.
    Sadly, the dream became a nightmare.
    As with all nineteen ships, the Francis Drake turned back toward Earth when the computer detected genetic anomalies in several of the colonists. What began as a bold step toward colonising another world, resulted in the loss of Earth and the near extinction of the human race.

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Six Sentence Sunday #22 – Revenant (Part 2)

Welcome to the second installment of my Six Sunday Serial, Revenant. This scene picks up directly following last week’s opening paragraph, at only six sentences at a time this story is going to take a while but I am quite enjoying the challenge of crafting these sentences so that there is some small nugget of information that will (hopefully) maintain reader interest and carry the story forward. The sentences below have been written and rewritten at least two dozen times, and that was after they replaced the original six I had in mind. 🙂

If you want to see the story so far please follow this link.

    His heart raced. Finally, after a decade of searching, he’d found one of them.
    “It’s just a name on a list, Ryan, don’t go nuts,” he said. “There’s still plenty that can go wrong.” Perhaps talking to oneself really was a sign of madness, you’d have to be crazy to do what he did.
    Still, finding the doctor was huge step forward, and if he could get her off this ship humanity might actually be able to get Earth back.

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Six Sentence Sunday #21 – Revenant (Part 1)

For something a bit different (well a bit different for me, at least) I am going to embark on what I am referring to as a Six Sunday Serial. Each week I will post six sentences from a story that will develop as the weeks progress. Today’s six sentences are the opening lines of the series and each subsequent week more text will be added.

So without any further ado, I give you Revenant – A Six Sunday Serial

    The buzz of servo motors vibrated through the floor while docking clamps established a seal on the airlock. A slight crackle in his ear told him his ship was now linked with the computer on the floating hulk, century old protections being no match for modern counter-measures. Core system diagnostic information appeared in his visor, confirming that communications, navigation, engines, and environmental controls were all offline. Thankfully structural integrity remained at 100 per cent despite the extensive battle damage marring the dreadnought’s hull. He ignored the remainder of the data and ordered a search through the derelict ship’s crew manifest. The results appeared instantly, listing over a hundred crew, with one particular name, Doctor Kassandra Evans, flashing red in his display.

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