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Beyond the End of the World, Lokians 1 By AaronDennis Characters: 5103

Updated: 2018-01-10 19:02

She placed her hand on his and laughed. "Geez, thank you; that was probably hard for you"

"Yeah, emotions were never my strength, " he said and looked into her eyes.

He realized that she really was beautiful. Somehow, he had forgotten how much he liked her. While there was no doubt that being professional was the proper course of action, the truth was that they were flying through uncharted regions of the galaxy as far away from Navy standards as possible. He kissed her softly on the cheek.

"Before this is over, and we go back to the colony, I want one night for us, " he whispered.

Her eyes were glossy with newly forming tears. She held them back as she nodded and grinned.

"Me, too, Riley. Me, too."

They finished their breakfast in silence. A few minutes passed before the remainder of the crew filed into the mess hall, where they joined their compatriots. That day, the final jump landed them in the Carina-Sagittarius arm. They traded glances before erupting into conversations about the traveler.

"While a far less impressive feat, he gave me loads of information, " Adams said between bites.

"Yeah, I spent the night trying to archive all the data, " Franklin commented.

"Cool. I tried to use my new vision thing, " Fitzpatrick added.

"How did it work out, " DeReaux asked.

"Not well. Whatever I can do has eluded me. I thought I was getting it, but I felt like I couldn't move past the room, " Fitzpatrick replied.

"You guys are making me envious, " Day complained. "All these co

disturbances. Everyone expected the Lokians to come barreling out of the blue, but there was nothing unusual. Instead, Thewls discussed the Rhauss system, explaining it housed only four planets. Images were brought onto the display screen for everyone to see.

"Rhauss has degraded to a Brown dwarf. It is unlikely that any life was ever sustained here, " Lam-Yung reported.

The captain turned to Admiral Yew. "I think our friend doesn't support your theory."

"This former sun has been inactive for an extremely long time, " Lam-Yung interjected.

"Even so, the traveler was discovered frozen in ice on Sahagun. He might be able to survive anywhere, " O'Hara replied. "Come to think of it, he didn't have a space suit…."

"Yes. At any rate, we're heading for the second planet in this system, " Lam-Yung said as she brought it to the forefront of the display monitor.

It was a tiny, yellow-brown planet. There was nothing remarkable about it; a speck floating amidst the stars. The admiral spoke then.

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