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The Galaxii Series Omnibus 1 By Christina Engela Characters: 5669

Updated: 2018-06-30 12:02

"No more funny glitches on your portascan?"

"No, sir." He grinned back.

"We've been here twelve hours already. Better head on back to the ship, get something to eat, get some rest." Lofflin suggested.

Stupid! He chastised himself as the object of his affection got up and left with a polite 'see you back shipside, sir'. He'd been nearly caught out there! Then he chastised himself for sending Bennett away. Should have used the opportunity to get to know him better!

Lofflin had a good rapport with most of the crew, but especially those he worked closely with, like the bridge crew. He cursed himself again. He liked Dellon… Perhaps too much. Sooner or later he was going to overstep the boundary with someone and end up with his foot in his mouth – so why not him? Oh well, Lofflin consoled himself, they had just narrowly avoided a date with the abyss. Or had they? It wasn't over yet. Blaine was gone and he was acting-Captain now in his place. Hang the consequences! One part of him cried out. He didn't want to die alone! Especially not alone out here!

'See you back shipside, sir' Bennett had said. Was there a hidden message in that? Was it an invitation? Should he follow? Stupid! He chided himself again. He was tired – as he'd told Bennett, they'd been at this for nearly twelve hours already. It was about time he called it off for the day, and let some reliefs from the next shift take over. He was tired and seeing things that didn't exist between the lines of the man's ordinary respectful conversation with a senior… A young entech crewman broke the silence by arriving, appearing out of the dark, and approached from the direction of the old bridge.

"Commander Bill

that way, but that might still take a few hours."

"Good. Anything else?"

"No, I guess that's it for now." Billingham finished.

"Okay, I'm heading back to the ship to get some shut-eye. Keep me posted." Lofflin said, and turned to leave for the beam-out point again.

"You walking back alone?" Billingham asked him, eyebrows raised.

"Yeah Sure. Why not?" Lofflin replied candidly. And yes, after all, why not? The ship was dead, deserted. It was spooky, granted, but what was there to be afraid of? Lofflin had never heard of people being killed by dust bunnies and dead mummies before! The memory of old horror movies, zombies and walking corpses played back in his mind as he made his way back down the stairs – they were normally a laughing matter to him, but in the cold, silent darkness, they seemed a good deal more threatening. His flashlight was the only light he had to see by, save for areas where the original lighting of the ship cast dim circles of safety in the sea of blackness. He walked on, his light occasionally reflecting off something grisly or horrible, that sometimes was grinning back at him.

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