Edge of Starlight: Asteroid

Robert Quick

Where the -@!# did my muse go?

Writer, dreamer, knight, shackled by entertainment . . . and people.

“Status report! Helmsman, full stop.” Captain Torrance held on to his chair for stability waiting for the ship to rock again. The collision alert continued to blare. “What the hell hit us?”

“Aye aye, Captain, full stop.” The helmsman called.

Officer Cruz tapped through a half a dozen screens, eyes flickering. “Sensors aren't picking up anything. Running diagnostic. Meetch thinks he's okay though. Program-wise, everything's green.”

Captain Torrance smoothed out his mustache. “Well something rattled us pretty good.”

“Looks like forward port damage. Shields there are down.”

“I want to see what's over there.”

The front window dimmed to gray and then switched over to a different view of space where a massive crater-pocked rock spun lazily away. Its body was almost a quarter of the size of the ISC Southern Dawn.

Captain Torrance looked over to his Tactical Officer. “Sensors didn't pick that up?”

“No, sir.”

“An asteroid invisible to sensors. Hmm. That ought to be worth something to the Science Division.”


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