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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 4574

Updated: 2018-01-19 12:02


"Paper? Seriously?" Lex asked doubtfully.

"The problem with engineers today is that they don't think on paper. So you had, what, four engines?"

"Six. Double the usual complement of Cantrell engines, plus--"

"Yeah, I see. Two of those little ones. Any steering considerations?"

For a few minutes, the pair worked through the various changes Lex had made. When they were through, Karter scribbled down some calculations.

"Those specs look about right?" he asked.

Lex looked over the numbers.

"Well, it's been a while since I benchmarked it, but yeah, that's close."

"Okay, meet or beat, " he said. "What sort of direction were you thinking for upgrades?"

"Speed. I need this thing fast. And a little more maneuverability would help."

"Weapons?"

"Absolutely not. If I get caught, the last thing I need is them being able to claim I opened fire on them."

"Nothing obvious, then. Plausible deniability and all that. Defenses?"

Lex glanced at the twisted metal that had been the cockpit.

"A shield upgrade seems appropriate, I guess. Other than that, I usually depend on not being seen."

"Stealth, right. Countermeasures?"

"Nothing fancy."

"Okay, " he said, finishing off his notes, pulling up a chair, and staring to sketch out plans.

After a few seconds of standing quietly, the pilot cleared his throat.

"Are you still

y shifted their path, leading down a hallway to the right, and up to the top of a clearly marked bathroom door.

"Thank you, " Lex said gratefully, rushing inside and beginning the complicated process of opening enough of his flight suit to make use of standard bathroom facilities.

"Karter estimates time to repair is seventy-two hours, " the voice said at the precise moment he was about to begin.

Once he recovered from his body's stinging reprisal for interrupting a necessary function, Lex replied.

"Yeah, uh, that's great. . . Are you watching me right now?"

"My local sensors are active."

"I can't pee while you're watching me."

"Interesting. Karter is not similarly afflicted."

"Could you, I don't know, turn around or something?"

"I can deactivate the visual sensors. It would be a strictly symbolic gesture. I am still aware of what you are doing and where you are doing it."

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