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Beyond the End of the World, Lokians 1 By AaronDennis Characters: 5407

Updated: 2018-01-10 19:02

"What happened?" O'Hara yelled in darkness.

Everything was out, and the helmsman was totally disconnected. "Uh…it's a systems lockout. The ship shut off life support and pressure, " Day gasped.

The crewmembers scrambled to put on their headgear. Day groaned, saying she had to relinquish control in order to put her headgear on. Her lack of communications posed a problem.

"We're blind, Captain, " she complained.

"Don't worry about it…we'll figure it out. Get your damned helmet on!"

When they clicked on their gun lights, DeReaux huffed, "You know these helmets should have headlamps…I mean, really."

Slight vertigo brought them a sense of disorientation, but it quickly passed. Then, they were vaulted into walls, from which they bounced off before floating aimlessly without gravity. O'Hara closed his eyes and relaxed. He allowed the situation to unfold, knowing that an opportunity was going to present itself.

"Nandesrikahl, access the display monitor, see if you can understand what's going on."

"Good thinking, " Swain said. "It has its own power supply, but make it quick."

Nandesrikahl propelled himself off a beam, reaching the display. "Let's see, here, " he huffed impatiently. The monitor just warbled incomprehensibly. "It's…uh. One second, " He grew quiet. A portentous series of hisses and clicks were embedded behind the data. Nandesrikahl heard the Lokian runtimes and attempted to translate. "We have hard dock, Captain, " he said, surprised.

"What? How, " Day inquired.

"We were hit by a tractor beam of sorts. Shhh."

There was a moment of silence. Nandy's gun lig

moved in her bodiless state. The hangar was filled with unknown boxes and canisters. They, too, were insect-like in their appearance with exo-skeletal bands.

"Okay, I don't see any threats, " returning to a normal state, she heaved.

The rest of the crew was able to check the comm. units for directions. The course had been uploaded to their wrist apparatuses when the captain first pieced together the plan.

"Move forwards, hugging the wall to our left for three hundred yards. Then, take the first hall on the left, " O'Hara ordered.

He and Swain took the lead with Fitzpatrick flanking their right. They moved quickly, boots clanking over the hard ground. The sounds were somehow distorted, elongated. O'Hara came to a halt as he peered down the hall.

"Fitzpatrick, " he asked.

Following a scan, she said they were clear. O'Hara motioned with his hand to move. Down the juncture, the corridor narrowed, forcing them into a crouched position. O'Hara checked his map display.

"About another two hundred feet forwards. Then, drop down a twenty foot pipe."

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