Chapter Thirteen: The Crusaders, or Zeal

“Even the memory of Vau’s full glory, with all its vaunted cathedrals and the pageantry of the Ferres royal court, could not shake the tedium of marching from Matthieu’s mind. Thirty-seven days lay between him and Ossir.”

Chapter Five

Eric Florn hadn’t had a steak this good in a long time, certainly not back on Earth; there was only so much room for cows on a planet of thirteen and a half billion people. Furthermore, the interior of Ad Astra Lounge was much quieter than anywhere on Earth he’d been either. All around him…

“Not to Sound Bitter”

ESD May 14th, 2629 Malinowski Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   It has been 29 days since my arrival on Ryosh c. Not to sound bitter about it, but I’m getting a little worn out. Okay, more than a little worn out. Okay, I’m bitter, dammit. This is precisely the kind of…

“Addendum”

ESD April 15th, 2629 Malinowski Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   An addendum to the last: I haven’t stopped screaming since landing, at least in my head, and I may just keep it up until we leave. Please send throat lozenges. That is all.

“Tantalus’ Figs”

ESD May 20th, 2629 Malinowski Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   So Ores [11]  took off his helmet this afternoon. Errin said he just walked straight out of lunch, went down the road to the beach and popped it off. It’s a good thing somebody down there was watching out for this…

“A Night on the Town”

ESD April 18th, 2629 Malinowski Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   I’ve never particularly thought of myself as a big deal. I did alright in school, managed to score a pretty solid gig in academia, got some papers published, and so on and so forth. Nothing that isn’t expected of every grad…

Some easter eggs

Just FYI, you should probably wait on this one until you’ve read Kaschar’s Quarter.       Writing is weird. So much time gets spent by an awful lot of internet writers I’ve encountered on ensuring that their stories are original, to the point that most of the writing subreddits I follow are filled up…

“Like A Christmas Tree”

ESD June 9th, 2629 Malinowski Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   I haven’t slept more than about five hours since my last entry. This was not entirely on purpose but I’m not fighting it either. Once I get started on something, it’s hard to convince my brain that it has to take…

“Back to Work”

ESD June 7th, 2629 Malinowski Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   Gorrin was right. It took a little more than just sitting on the beach to fix me up, but I still call it a success based on the fact that we just made the biggest breakthrough of the entire study as…

“In Other News”

ESD June 5th, 2629 Jocano Research Station, Trobriand Sector, Ryosh c Ryosh System   In other news, I totally forgot to mention this yesterday, which says something about how excited I was about the other thing. So one of my collaborators informed me the day before that he’d done some calculations on a whim (of…

Here’s the deal: Waiting on the Rain

It was when I got halfway through writing this one that I started thinking it was basically just Stargazing in space. That almost put a damper on things during my twenty minute break to go get a spicy chicken sandwich at Carls Jr and think about what would happen next in this story. Thankfully, the…