But as promised, we are sharing more of Savage Taurus' short story series. Enjoy!
|Image by Wildstar Beaumont, for Designing Worlds Episode DW336|
Chapter 3 ~ Neptune
by Savage Taurus
(c) May 2017
"Where do we want to look next?" asked Navigator Ohmlohmff.
"We tried the planet closest to the star. How about the one farthest away?" suggested Translator Mawplawv.
"No problem." Ohml tapped the holographic console with her tendrils and said, "And awaaay we go!" The forward display showed them shooting away from the tiny planet and the blindingly bright star, though they felt no inertial jerking or jostling within the craft.
The Exploration Craft was similar in shape and texture to the pearlescent shells on the crewmembers' backs. It was rounded on one end and a conical spiral on the other. There was no up or down. The floor, walls, and ceiling were all one continuous surface that the crew moved around on. In the front of the craft was a large forward display and a line of holographic consoles that circled it. Toward the back of the craft was a series of compartments that spiraled off from the main chamber. The back tip of the ship contained the N^3 and N^6 drive engines.
"Wrote a new poem," said Ohml. "I've just been feeling inspired. Don't worry, this one's not about you. We both know you were never quick."