SFFS 15/08/2015

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Hello all! This week I bring you the second-last instalment of Earth Alpha. It’s been a journey getting to this point, and now we’re almost done. So here goes…

When they arrived at Gate 17-alpha, Sabina found a spot near the window. Here, thankfully, she could look out into space, unhindered by strange moss-like growths, and see the colony ship just beyond the bulkhead of the space station. Her jaw dropped open; nothing could have prepared her for its size or beauty. Even in the shadow of the space station, one could see the metallic glint reflecting off it, and the parts that were lit by the sun were dazzling, so bright that they hurt her eyes – even through the protection provided by the window.

‘Amazing, isn’t it?’

Sabina glanced sharply to her left toward the speaker. He was tall and well fed; he must have worked at the space port till now. She wondered how she looked to him. She knew her hair for the straight, mousy brown it was, and she knew her body was too thin for lack of decent food. Only recently had she suffered another round of the stomach bug. To say that she was looking forward to ten years in stasis was an understatement. She swallowed her embarrassment.

‘Yes, it is lovely,’ she breathed.

Yes. A beautiful ship indeed.

Well, that’s all folks. You’ll have to come back next week to see how this story ends. In the meantime, please head over to the SFFS blog and catch the snippets my fellow authors have given us to read this week.

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About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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10 Responses to SFFS 15/08/2015

  1. T. M. Hunter says:

    Great snippet…and a great lead-in to future things. So, is the ending next week going to be the full ending of the story, or just the end of snippets from said story?

    Also, there are certainly times in life when I wouldn’t mind a 10-year stint in stasis myself… 🙂

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  2. Ah – truly on the way out!

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  3. jccassels says:

    I wouldn’t mind a ten-year nap myself sometimes. Really drives home how awful her situation has been.

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  4. Peter Vialls says:

    A beautiful ship, and a sudden feeling of hope. Maybe we were wrong to be so suspicious.

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