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.