Since we’re about a month away from the 101st anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, on April 14th, I decided to keep going with excerpts from WRECK until then but after that I’m switching off to something else, ok? I’m REALLY appreciating all the comments and feedback! I’ve played with the punctuation a bit to make this eight sentences. This excerpt comes after the part where they’ve returned to the planet, allowed the pregnant woman and her entire party to debark and are now hurtling through the atmosphere, trying to make the rendezvous with the Nebula Dream before she leaves orbit:
There was a tug at his sleeve as he attempted to raise the now warm and watery drink to his lips.
“Sir, she forgot her pretty knife,” the boy said respectfully, offering the weapon to him, holding it by the lavishly gemmed hilt, stained blade pointed at the deck.
In vain Nick checked the aisle for a cabin attendant. They’d all gone into their private cubicle for a moment – probably gossiping about the events which just transpired. He reached for the dagger, wrapping it in a napkin. “Thank you – extremely observant – I’ll see it gets back to her, okay?”
Sinking further into his lush chair, he closed his eyes for a long minute. Well, okay, Jameson, now the trip will be boring. Hope you enjoyed the only excitement there’s going to be for the next ten days.
So our Nick is clearly not psychic, LOL.
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?
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