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The Aurora

 
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Ryley raised his hands to head. Felt the sting and the hot fleshy wound that ran across his scalp. He recoiled from his own touch. 

"Okay," he muttered. "Okay. Okay."

Ryley sat down. Hung his head between his knees. It seemed to alleviate some of the pain in his head. His breath slowed. His heart rate slowed. His thoughts slowed down. No longer racing, panicking through his mind. 

"How the hell did I get here?" 

He tried to remember. 

He remembered running. Running on unsteady feet. Something rocked his body. No, not just his body, but everything. All of his surroundings

It was like his mind was pushed down on a spring and now the spring was released. All of it rocketing forward through a blur. 

Eating waffles in the cafeteria. Talking to Ozzy. Fear. Running down a metal corridor. 

A computer voice repeating the same message. "Warning. Hull breach imminent. All personnel evacuate ship." 

An explosion. People were running next to him. All around him. The explosion sent everyone crashing. Ozzy was down. 

More running. 

Another explosion. Someone was pulling him down. No, falling into him, on top of him. 

His knees hurt from the fall, but he had to run. So much fear. 

His footfall was a rapid tumble. 

Another explosion made all the lights flicker and go out. Emergency lights immediately came on. Casting their eerie light on the scene. 

He reached the escape pods. Fell to his knees and fumbled around in the dark for the hatch. He half expected people would crash into him any moment. Knocking him over and then being trampled to death by a stampede. 

His hands found the hatch. He heard feet running closer. 

"Slow down" he told himself. But didn't take his own advice. As soon as  the hatch opened. He dove in, hitting his elbows and forehead on the frame. He immediately got to his feet and slammed the hatch behind him, twitched it to lock in place. Dove around metal ladder and jumped into the seat. The safety bar lowered down over his torso and the pod propelled away from the Aurora with great speed. 

He looked up at the hatch at the top of the ladder. Looking through the tiny window. Witnessing the damage the Aurora had suffered. It looked like something had impacted with the side of the Aurora. Tearing up the ship. There was a sound, like something building up and then a huge explosion. The explosion blocked all sight of the Aurora. And for a brief moment he felt terrified that the entire ship would blown up. 

Then the Shockwave hit the life pod. Making it shake horribly. 

His teeth clattered uncontrollable in his mouth.. The explosion propelled the pod even faster. He struggled to sit upright in his seat. 

He wasn't sure how fast he was traveling or where the pod was heading. 

The fire extinguisher on the wall rocked loose and fell to the floor. Then a panel tore lose. The pod was shaking horribly. He realized that he was entering an atmosphere. 

Both the extinguisher and panel flew around inside the pod. Bouncing off the walls, floor, ceilings and against the ladder. 

The panel suddenly came to a stop on the floor in front of him. Another shake sent the panel back up into the air, bouncing off the wall and hitting him straight in the head. 

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Hyle Troy's picture

See..  they have waffles!  all the best places have waffles :)

I would rather die peacefully in my sleep, like Grandad, than screaming, like his passengers

Subdane's picture

((They sure do. But nothing compares to the waffles made by the Troy sisters. 

Joe Spivey's picture

((Crawler :P

Stick with me kid and you'll be farting through silk.

Hyle Troy's picture

Aww leave him alone, he knows a good thing when he sees it,,  It is just a shame all the waffles went down with the ship, 

I would rather die peacefully in my sleep, like Grandad, than screaming, like his passengers



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