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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5518

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02


"Parcial de energía restaurada."

"I don't speak Spanish!" Lex exclaimed breathlessly.

"Teilweise Power restauriert."

"I don't even know what language that is!"

"Deutsch. Sie sollten sich überlegen Erlernen weiterer Sprachen."

The monolingual pilot ignored the statement and kicked open the doors to the repair bay, throwing open the hatch and climbing into the cockpit of his repaired ship.

"?ffnung Hangartore kaufen. Viel Glück, Herr Alexander."

"Whatever you say, Ma."

The instant Lex was in the seat--which was the same fancy model that had been in the DAR, he would have to thank Karter for that--he felt the panic start to subside. He was still scared out of his mind, but this was a ship. This was his ship. It was the one thing he was good at, the one thing that he didn't have to think about. His fingers found their way to the appropriate switches, powering up systems, adjusting straps. Tweaking, tapping, testing. When the systems were ready, he juiced the throttle.

Karter did good work. The acceleration was astounding, multiples of what old Betsy had. He put some distance between himself and the swarming drones and pulled a hard turn. The ship was as nimble as it was fast. It left his old one in the dust. Yet. . . Perhaps it was because he'd reused some components, or perhaps it was some engineering mojo that he would never understand, but somehow this ship felt like Betsy. It was something in the rattle of the engine, in the hum of the electronics. The body of Betsy was dead and gone, but the soul was still kicking.

A moment of thought dredged up the procedure necessary to get his "gun" functional.

ut and clipping another before having to dodge another salvo from above. Racing and freelancing instincts slowly began to find their niches. Reflexes honed to take advantage of passing opportunities started to adapt to firing opportunities. Skills used to identify safe paths through asteroid clusters found use in zipping through ship attack formations. Everything was falling into place. The question was. . . would it be enough?

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Inside the lab, Karter was moving as quickly as his piecemeal body would allow, fetching reels of cable, connectors, and jacks.

"Ma, how are we looking on power?" he asked, glancing at a watch.

"Einen Moment, " Ma replied.

The lights flickered one last time.

"Volle Kraft wiederhergestellt. Jetzt versucht die Schwerkraft und den Umweltschutz wiederherzustellen."

"Full power, excellent. Skip the gravity and enviromentals for now. Whatever lasers are still working, get them to work helping out Lex. I'm going to need cover in a minute."

"Ja, Herr Dee."

"And work on getting English back online, would you? German makes you sound creepy."

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