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The Galaxii Series Omnibus 1 By Christina Engela Characters: 5488

Updated: 2018-06-30 12:01


"But how, Harry?" Joe Lofflin ventured, frustration in his voice. "He can't use the transmatter – that's being monitored round the clock at the moment, with the search teams over on that ship! He couldn't just throw it out an airlock – as damaged as the ship is, we'd still pick that up as it floated away!

Harry sighed and shook his head slowly.

"Maybe the waste disposal chute?" He suggested.

"The disintegrator?" Lofflin asked.

"Why not?" Harry continued. "We use it to dispose of all kinds of waste – sewage, wrappers, body parts – why not an entire body?"

Harry's theory had merit. The disintegrator device that sat at the heart of the ship's waste management system would break down anything sent into it in mere moments – destroying it utterly and completely on an atomic level, leaving no trace behind whatever. Why not indeed?

"So the only evidence we have left of foul play is the autopsy report of a missing body, and scans of the crime scene which was sanitized by fire." Lofflin sighed. "Sweet."

"And the security logs that were tampered with." Harry added. "Don't forget those."

Lofflin finally left Sickbay. Smiling a goodbye, Harry turned back to his medical forensic obsession. Tonight was one of those nights he just couldn't sleep. It was going to be a long night. It seemed fated that it was really going to turn out that way. And not just for Dr. Harry Collins.

* * *

I have waited long. I the Akx. The one who is invincible. The ultimate warrior. My terror always wins.

* * *

Lying down to rest at last, Joe Lofflin pondered the events of the day – having to relate bad news to the crew,

vels in the opposite direction from the bridge, several levels above. Murphy led and lit the way with his flashlight.

"He was on a lower level, part of a search team." Murphy explained. "His team mates said he wandered away from the others, so they went looking for him – said they heard screaming, then they found him at the bottom of the shaft. Messed up, pretty bad."

The air around them felt cold and dry, even colder than earlier, perhaps because he'd just left his very warm bed, Lofflin thought angrily. More mummified grinning corpses marked the way ahead, very cheerfully indeed. Light glinted off dull armor and white shiny teeth and bits of bone, providing images that would linger in the memory for a lifetime. Suppressing a shiver, Lofflin wondered if he'd ever have a peaceful night's sleep again.

"How bad?" Lofflin grunted, knowing it meant yet another letter to relatives he didn't want to have to write. The pile was growing.

"Bad." Murphy said crisply. "Let's just say his coffin should be nailed shut so his relatives can't get a look at him before the funeral."

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