I’m still doing excerpts from my SF novel WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM until April 14th, the 101st anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking but after that I’m switching off to something else. I appreciate all the comments and feedback! I solemnly promise only 8 sentences this week and thanks for letting me cheat by 2 sentences last week!
Last week our hero Nick woke up in the middle of the night to find the spaceliner’s engines off. After some conversation with the Ship’s AI and also an officer Nick had met previously, he goes back to sleep. Now it’s the next morning and the engines are running again when Nick awakens.
“There’s a message,” the ship announced, detecting his wakeful state. “It is a priority message on all my internal com queues,” the AI offered, raising the volume slightly.
Giving up, Nick threw the pillow aside, and said, “Play the damn thing.”
The smiling visage of the bearded and somewhat portly Captain Bonlors appeared in holographic form across the cabin. “To all my passengers,” he began, voice deep and warm, “let me extend my sincere apologies and those of SMT President Gordis Yankuri, on behalf of the SMT Line, for any inconvenience you may have experienced during the night while we performed routine engine maintenance procedures. I know there’s been concern expressed regarding our arrival time at Sector Hub, and I want to assure you we still anticipate an early docking.”
Running one hand over the stubble on his chin, Nick nodded. The man is smooth, not surprising SMT put him in charge of their newest, most luxurious ship.
Of course Nick doesn’t believe all these smooth assurances (and neither should we LOL).
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