Sentient Domain: Chapter 24

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Pavi Valshorn’s body ached, but she didn’t care. She’d been in contact with Mike for days without dropping a single packet. The nanite interface gave them everything of the instant, intimate contact the chip in her brain stem had provided, without any of the junk in the signal that made it worthless. Besides, it was nice, nicer than Pavi had time to measure, to be able to share space with her best friend.

<That planet smells weird,> Mike said. Continue reading “Sentient Domain: Chapter 24”

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Sentient Domain: Chapter 23

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Rita watched Kempus on the view screen as it loomed large before them. It hung in the blackness, a ball of rich blue ocean coated with striations of white cloud. Rita hadn’t seen it since she left, and she’d been certain she’d never come back. It wasn’t until this moment, as she looked down on the planet, that she realized how home-sick she’d been for it. She could already feel the salty wind that blew over the breezeway between the masters’ lodge and the student residences, smell the oily gaspum fruit hanging heavy and ripe along the walkways. She was desperately grateful only Linda had caught her cheating.

“Shit!” Linda said over the speakers. “Everybody strap in, now.” Continue reading “Sentient Domain: Chapter 23”

Sentient Domain: Chapter 22

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Rita put her feet up on the console as she settled in on the bridge of the Whimper’s Revenge. Aliph and Bett were having a reunion with the mess, Pavi was napping and Donegal was stowing some last minute supplies.

“Welcome back, boss,” Linda said.

“Thanks, Linda.”

“Are you okay?”

“I’m in denial, so yeah, for now.”

“How long will the denial last?” Linda asked.

“No idea.”

“That’s fine. We can talk, if you need to.”

“I know.” Rita sat up and checked their status reports. “Let’s get going, okay?”

“Everybody is stowed. Starting engines.” Continue reading “Sentient Domain: Chapter 22”

Sentient Domain: Chapter 21

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The ring of ships blockading Kempus stretched across the view screen before Alessandra. Her chip projected an overlay with status updates and reports for the various ships as she glanced at the view, giving her the information she might need or want to plan her next steps. The spy and the pirate were definitely going to make a break for Kempus, and Alessandra could not allow it.

“Commander, we’ve got the connection with Aydan Command established,” Camlagh said.

“Thanks,” Alessandra said. Then she synced with the connection so she could have the conversation privately.

“What’s your situation?” Admiral Liger asked. Continue reading “Sentient Domain: Chapter 21”

Sentient Domain: Chapter 20

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Pavi became aware of her surroundings well before she regained consciousness. She could sense Aliph and Bett sitting near her, and she could hear the station computer chattering away in the distance. Even further away, at the very edge of her perception, Pavi could hear Mike.

<Welcome back, Admiral Valshorn.> Pavi heard the voice in her head, though nobody spoke.

<Is this a dream?> Pavi asked.

<No. You’ve integrated with the colony of nanites. We are speaking across the network.>

<I can’t feel my body,> Pavi said. Continue reading “Sentient Domain: Chapter 20”

Sentient Domain: Chapter 19

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 “Admiral Valshorn, we don’t have much time. Wake up, please.”

Pavi’s chest hurt. It didn’t just hurt, it felt like she’d been crushed. Every breath she tried to take, and she couldn’t actually make her lungs work, sent sharp splintering pains through her whole body. She was queasy and thirsty and so tired that consciousness was painful. And through all of that, she was wide awake.

“What…” she couldn’t finish her sentence.

“You were shot. We pulled you onto the shuttle and left the Harper’s Cry three hours ago. The first aid kit on this shuttle contained a substantial dose of nanites. Admiral Valshorn, if we leave your care to the nanites, you will die.” Continue reading “Sentient Domain: Chapter 19”

Sentient Domain: Chapter 18

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Rita and Donegal were playing a word game over lunch in the mess when Linda interrupted them. “I think there’s a problem.”

“What’s up?” Rita asked.

“I haven’t heard from Pavi, Aliph or Bett in ten minutes,” Linda said.

“They’re on the Harper’s Cry. Maybe there’s network interference,” Donegal said.

“I should be able to hear them. I can’t. And the computer on the Harper’s Cry has gotten stupid in the last hour,” Linda said. Continue reading “Sentient Domain: Chapter 18”