Ko and Grey Story pt1
It was, in fact, quite a nice day despite being late in the afternoon, but Surgeon-Lieutenant Gray wasn't interested in that. She made her way down the steps in front of the military hospital in a dark mood. Getting to the bottom, she took off her glasses and rubbed her eyes. She couldn't remember the last time she had properly slept, but knew it must have been a long time ago. It had been several days since the last of the evacuation fleet had delivered the survivors of the Badlanding nightmare into the relative calm of the planet Pelsinor, the nearest Imperial world outside the warzone and which could be plausibly described as a safe place to reconstitute the ragged remnants of the army. Most of them had been deposited in the main city of Tranquillity, rendering its name temporarily very ironic. The sudden arrival of nearly a third of a million soldiers had thrown the city into turmoil, and even days later the military
JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 1)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 1)4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chapter One- A Call for Help
The astral rain was falling on the windows of the brightly lit officer's wardroom of the Royal Light Ship Resolute, leaving trails as the droplets ran into each other and merged. The big ship-of-the-line was ploughing through the haze of the Lagoon Nebula, leaving a swirling wake behind it. In the wardroom, Acting Lieutenant Amelia stood with her back to the windows, buffed the triangular gold patch on her hat with her sleeve and smiled at the way it caught the light. As a badge of office went, it wasn't bad, even if she had her doubts about the durability of the black rosette attached to it.
"Have you ever seen anybody look as pleased with themselves as that?"
Amelia looked up at Midshipman Buckley, who was grinning at her from the other corner of the wardroom, his feet up on the table. She rolled her eyes and grinned.
"Of course I have, Buckley. I see you every day."
"Ah, but I'm not the one who got the brevet p
JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 4)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 4)4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jane walked through the darkened town, a bucket in each hand. It was a warm night despite the fact that the last light of the sun had long since disappeared below the horizon. She made her way around the town hall hill and headed for the main water tank. There were few lights on this late but a couple of lamps were burning brightly enough to find her way. It was only when she stepped into the pitch-black shadow of a house that she encountered an obstacle. Her foot struck a rock and she stumbled, dropping the buckets which clattered noisily onto the ground. A distinctly unladylike curse hissed between her teeth and she waited for the pain to go away. A door opened, spilling a wedge of golden light across the ground.
"Is there a problem?"
Jane looked up and saw Amelia standing in the doorway of her hut, a pistol in her hand. She cursed again, quieter this time.
"It's only me, Ame- I mean, lieutenant!"
JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 5)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 5)4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Amelia was impressed at how swiftly the new stockade was erected around the hall in the centre of town. The casualties were moved into the main chamber and made as comfortable as possible. Jane moved her father's desk into an adjoining storeroom and set up her first aid post in there, including her collection of small bottles and a samovar of tea. For the sake of appearances, Amelia insisted on maintaining the patrols on the outer wall and not falling back to the new positions until nightfall.
"I would rather not give them the satisfaction," she said. "And besides, if they come at us during the day we'll have our best chance of seeing them."
She was walking the wall with Arrow and pausing occasionally to survey the jungle with her telescope. The afternoon sun was throwing long shadows across the cleared area around the stockade.
"I'm inclined to agree, ma'am," said Arrow. "A show of strength may be just what is needed to
JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 3)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 3)4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
To Amelia's irritation, the sniper attacks were kept up for three days. Arrow and Whiting hit upon an effective countermeasure, in which one defender set up a decoy- Marine hats seemed to be popular targets for the Naztarii- while a small team of others waited for the enemy to open fire so they could trace the origin of the bright laser pulses and respond in kind. It was impossible to tell if any damage was inflicted but the enemy at least began treating lone targets with suspicion and were letting them go unmolested as often as shooting at them. Amelia moved into a one-room hut close to the southern wall. She made use of the new location to keep track of the activity to the south of the colony and so far it seemed as if the enemy really didn't bother to go there. The sniper fire was spread out around the rest of the stockade. She had considered ordering Arrow to lay off the excavations but he had insisted that they cont
JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 2)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 2)4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jane awoke the next morning feeling oddly refreshed. She stretched and yawned and lay for a moment contemplating the first light falling through the window. The sounds of a new day were beginning to filter through and she swung her feet out of the bed. Remembering the night before, she strained her ears to see if her neighbour was still there. But all was quiet next door. She dressed quietly and pushed the door open, peeking around cautiously. The infirmary was empty and Jane had to look closely to see which of the beds had been slept in, so neat had Amelia been in remaking it. Secretly rather impressed, she stepped out of the building and looked around. High above her, mounted atop a slender, skeletal steel tower that dominated the town, a pair of rectangular solar sails unfurled and began sparkling in the sun.
She grew aware of new sounds, ones unfamiliar to her despite her familiarity with the u
JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 7 - END)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 7 - END)4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Amelia was still smiling to herself as she left the attic. She went quietly through the corridor until she found the town hall's back door, then set her face impassively and folded her hands behind her back before moving outside and walking around the wall of the hall. Most of the troops were already at the barricade, eating breakfast or passing hot cups of tea and coffee between them. Amelia's command group, such as it was, had gathered next to the chimney block. Ko and Bock were in discussion with the newly-promoted Acting Petty Officer Clasp. Arrow looked around as Amelia approach and gave a meaningful cough that brought the group to formal attention.
"Good morning, ma'am," he said.
Amelia acknowledged him and touched her hat to the others. "Good morning, captain. And to you others. Thank you for meeting me here."
"As you order, ma'am," said Ko.
"And there was me thinking it was because you liked