# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 16 - Collision

          the
void
between the stars
is cold dark
and        more
lonely        than

one
could
possibly hope to imagine
but it is foolish
to         see
it           as

completely
empty


They waited a heartbeat. Two. Half a dozen. The emergency power finally kicked in, bathing them all in a reddish glow that contrasted harshly with Eve’s blue. With a start, Lillian realized that she wasn’t actually sitting on her bed any longer, but rather floating a few centimeters above it.

She looked over, Madeline was doing the same beside her. On her other side, Eve seemed unaware of the fact that they should be floating and was still sitting resolutely in Lillian’s chair. That puzzled her for a second longer than it probably should have until she put it all together. The power was out. And with it, the artificial gravity, apparently. It should have been on the emergency circuit, but apparently it wasn’t.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 15 - Artifact

        we
are
not alone
in  the
uni   verse


It all started out in the Kuiper Belt. About 40 years ago, that’s when the first real effort to mine the Kuiper Belt objects came about. And Dark Sun was at the forefront. They’d claimed hundreds, if not thousands, of Kuiper Belt objects for themselves. Most of them were for mining, but they had a good number of scientific endeavors as well. One of particular interest was the Deep Deep Space Array of telescopes.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 14 - Madeline

        of
all
the species
on Earth
only   one
has     not

only

the
ability
to destroy itself
but also what
seems     to be
the          need
to
do
so


“Missing something?” Lillian could feel her voice rising and tried to push it back down. “We’ve been looking for you for over an hour.”

“Looking for me?” Madeline looked truly confused.

“I stopped by your room probably a little bit after midnight and you weren’t here.”

“Sure I was. I’ve been here since I left your room.”

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 13 - Missing

                  when
in the
deepest darkest
depths of space, there is nowhere
to run, nowhere to hide and
no one to turn to when
everything      suddenly
takes a              turn to
the                     strange


“Madeline?” Lillian choked out after a moment of stunned silence. “You can’t be serious.”

“I’m completely serious,” Eve responded evenly. “Why?”

“She’s my best friend,” Lillian replied, but it sounded flat even to her own ears.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 12 - Eve

           the
human
body and soul are
sometimes known
as the  ghost
and         the

shell    what
no-one
you can have a
shell     without
its           ghost

or a ghost
without a shell


Leaving Adrian’s office, it was too late to finish her shift and too early for dinner. Nothing else particularly drew her, so Lillian decided to go back to her room. She was going to have to have to deal with that briefcase sooner or later.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 11 - Surprises

              there
exists an
old Chinese saying: may you
live in interesting times
but sometimes, things
can get       just a
little           too
interesting


Lillian awoke from her dream full of bittersweet memories. It had been a while since she’d dreamed of her mother. Since she’d felt the cool touch of her hands on her faces. Heard the soft voice, reading to her before bed. But the memories of after were terribly bitter. They had found some of the men directly responsible for the bombing, but never those in charge. And no reason was ever given. Truly, that was the worst-it being just a random act of violence.

# Lost in translation

﻿A man and a woman stood side by side, overlooking a sight that had, until a few months ago, never before been seen to human eyes. They were in orbit around a planet, blue green like the Earth but with just enough difference to know they were nowhere near home.

The land was different. Rather than half a dozen large land masses spread more or less evenly, this world had only a single huge continent, spanning perhaps half of an entire hemisphere.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 10 - Memories

          at
our
know and all         from
that   we    the places that we
are      is       have seen
and     the
people     that
we
once
knew


The morning began just like any other. Lillian awoke to the sounds and smells of frying bacon and the delicious aroma of homemade pancakes. She jumped out of bed–Mom’s cooking! she thought to herself–and threw herself out of her door. She was in such a rush that she nearly collided with her father just outside the door, jumping aside bare centimeters from impact.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 9 - Lies

            the
absolute
best of lies are those
hidden between two
two grains of
what        could
only            be
truth


Adrian had a small office in the command section of the ship, just off of a central area shared by all of the security staff. He took all four of them there, leaving his partner to examine the wreckage of the kitchen.

# Herman

Herman was alone.

But then again, Herman was always alone.

He had no family, no friends. No one to call and ask how his day was. No one to come over and borrow a cup of sugar or chat about the latest ball game.

Then again there was no more sugar.

There were no more ball games.

Still, it would have been nice to have someone to talk to.