# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 8 - Counterpoint

          the
human                 land
being is truly the        for no
most dangerous      other would so be
animal       in         so willingly
all          the       to       lose
every     thing
for
naught
but the slightest
chance of some
future        hope


Lillian woke with tears on her pillow. Even taking the strange nature of time dilation from her years on the gateships into account, Lillian had lived off Earth longer than she’d lived on it. But she still remembered that quiet house in a city by the beach and thought of it as home. But it was all long gone. Destroyed by what was believed by some to be both the single greatest proof of intelligent extra-solar life ever. And known by everyone to be the single greatest act of devastation in the history of the human race. And perhaps the worst part was that there had been next to no warning.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 7 - Impact

             a
moment
is all it
takes for the entire
world to change
for       better
or             for
worse


Once they were in orbit, a sort of quiet anticipation settled over the ship. For several moments, no one spoke. Finally, several of the more adventurous passengers started whispered conversations.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 6 - Greetings

           deep
heart, you             someone and
never truly forget     know that nothing
that moment when          could ever
you first             be       the
meet     that          same       again


Lillian jumped and spun to the door. She didn’t recognize the voice and, as she finished her turn, realized she didn’t recognize the face either. Which meant that it had to be someone that had just arrived. With only a few dozen crew members it was hard not to know at least everyone’s face–even if Lillian tended towers horrible with names.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 5 - Confession

             the
deep
dark secrets of the
human soul are
nothing     when
faced   the   with
needs
of
a
true
friend


Lillian and Madeline reached the observation lounge with only a few minutes to spare before the gate was scheduled to be activated. They weren’t the only ones either. Hans and Jacobs had already claimed one of the tables on a raised platform in the center of the room. Jacobs was waving his arms wildly at the girls.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 4 - Troubleshooting

          yet
even
when the stars
high in the sky
go dark
it's   easy                 for
to         see              deep
know that it's
not the
that             star    light
shines
brightest, but the
light of your
smile      and
heart


# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 3 - Inspection

          when
you want
nothing more
than to go home
and nothing
else      will
be           good      enough
some
times
you just might
there      they
say           home
is
where
the heart is but in
reality home is
where    your
friends     are


After lunch, they set out towards the damaged power conduit that had been reported earlier. The power conduits mainly fed the gate generators along the inner ring of the ship. Seeing as there’d be no reason for Borealis to exist if it weren’t for the gate–there were backups after all–but they still needed an occasional look over.

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 2 - Borealis

            at
the
speed
of light even the
smallest grain
of         sand
has           the

power

to destroy the world


A dull metallic banging cut through the air, the sound of fists hitting metal. “Lillian, wake up! You’re going to be late.”

Lillian jerked awake and sat up far too quickly, banging her head on the top of her bunk.

“That dream again,” she mumbled to herself. “I haven’t had that one in years.”

# A Sea of Stars - Ch. 1 - Liftoff

           in
every
young life
there comes a time
when the whole
world       seems
to             shift

for
some
the change
is small yet for
some this
change   will
drive        their

future