Die Writing

Green fog, part 1

Posted in Uncategorized by erdaron on November 15, 2010

“Ah shit…” the young lieutenant covered his face with his hands. He was hyperventilating. His hands were shaking. Sweat was pouring down his face and his eyes were tearing up. A muffled, nervous laughter escaped from under his hands.

“Listen, Brown and Dawkins are both qualified to do this. It doesn’t have to be you,” someone said.

“Shut up. I drew the lot. I’m doing it.” The lieutenant bent over in half, grunted in his hands. “Just give me a second.”

“The control on the main thruster is locked up, and it’s pushing itself into overload. If it keeps going, it’ll blow its core. It’s already breached two walls and leaking radiation into engineering. It has to be rebooted manually, and now.”

“I fucking know, alright? Give me the goddam stick.” He stuck out a hand. Breathing heavily, chest heaving, he assumed a sprinter’s stance, aiming himself at the bulkhead door. A corpsman approached him and put a small metallic device in his hand. Two more began to unlock the door. It clicked and whirred, retracting massing bolts.

“Oh fuck me…” the lieutenant whispered to himself. Tears filled his eyes.

“Two minutes, LT. Then hallucinations, difficulty breathing, eventual suffocation,” the medic spoke in a trembling voice. “It’s important to keep moving…”

“Shut up!” He cut off the medic.

With a heavy clang, the door was finally unlocked. The two corpsmen stopped, hands gripping the door, eyes locked on the lieutenant.

“Fucking do it,” he said in the dead silence, eyes shut tight. The door swung open, unleashing a wave of scorching heat. The lieutenant drew a deep breath, wiped his eyes, and launched himself into the engineering room. Flying through the door, rocketing down ladders. The bulkhead door thudded behind him.

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  1. Green fog, part 2 « Die Writing said, on November 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

    […] The exciting conclusion to this! […]

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