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 3)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 3)3 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 5)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 5)3 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 4)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 4)3 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 1)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 1)3 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 7 - END)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 7 - END)3 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
JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 2)JaAm 1: A Call for Help (Part 2)3 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 3: Dark Matter (Part 2)JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 2)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Amelia closed the door of the captain's cabin behind her. The other officers were already assembled in front of Forsythe's desk at a respectful distance from the edge. The old man was sitting behind it, studying a map that Lieutenant Costell had unrolled across the mahogany surface. The click of the latch made him look up at her and Amelia saluted him.
"Good morning, captain. I apologise for my delay."
Forsythe waved it off. "You are the officer of the watch, Ms Amelia, it is quite understood."
"Mr Bryce has the bridge in my absence, sir," said Amelia. "I've left orders to be notified in the event of any development."
"Very good. Now." Forsythe sat back, steepling his fingers. "I'm sure by now that you are all acquainted with the events of early this morning. Mr Pemberton, your assessment, please."
The ship's rotund Chief Engineer produced a clipboard, already smeared with the
JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 1)JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 1)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jane Porter was standing by the helmsman on the bridge of the RLS Resolute, looking down at the main deck. The Megapteran Star Cluster was already a distant glow in the distance behind them as, battered but victorious, they sailed deeper into the Lagoon Nebula. The ship-of-the-line nudged aside a few errant wisps of gas and crossed into a pocket of open space. The distant walls of the nebula parted like a great window, allowing starlight to shine through clearly, picking out the sky with ten thousand diamonds. Despite the cosmic splendour laid out around her, however, Jane was paying close attention to a single figure working high up on the mizzenmast. Amelia was standing on the mizzentop, supervising a team of spacers as they rigged an elaborate network of ropes between the mizzen and mainmast, with two blocks and tackles at the centre. She looked small and frail from this distance, even though the mizzenmast was not th
JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 10 - END)JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 10 - END)1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Zang was sailing in line behind the Resolute once more as the two ships headed away from the smoking ruin of the asteroid base. Amelia looked back at it through the stern windows of the captain's cabin aboard the battleship. The honour of commanding her own ship had been a welcome one, but she was not sorry that Forsythe had left Valant and Buckley in charge and summoned Arrow and herself back to report to him. He sat behind his desk, patiently recording their account of the action in the ship's log.
"We tracked the Procyon diplomatic cutter leaving the pulsar field, sir," said Commander Chad, who was standing behind Forsythe. "It was making a direct course for Procyon space. I don't think we'll be hearing from them again for a while!"
"I hope you're right, sir," said Amelia. "But I can't share that optimism. They were up to something here, something important enough to risk war with the Empire.
JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 3)JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 3)1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Amelia sat at the captain's table in the day cabin, looking at her gold-edged plate and trying not to think. The dinner seemed to be taking forever.
"I do apologise for the venue," Forsythe said. "But I am afraid that our wardroom is high on the list of items needing your dockyard's services. I trust that this setting is not to your discomfort, your excellency."
"It's quite all right, Sir Edmund." Governor Atros Liden sat back in his chair. He was a pale-skinned human of late middle years, with the complexion and girth of someone who hadn't spent much time outdoors. He wore a ceremonial white uniform decorated with a purple sash and a golden chain of office that was far more ostentatious than the simple one Archimedes had worn when Amelia first met him and which brought back too many memories for Amelia to look any more closely at it. "And I am grateful for your hospitality."
"We are honoured by your presence,
JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 5)JaAm 3: Dark Matter (Part 5)1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Resolute hung in space off the Hawkesbury's starboard side like a protective mother, the big ship descending slowly until the two warships were close enough to put a gangplank across the gap. The Zang was tethered to the Hawkesbury's other flank, her unfortunate captives now accommodated on the frigate's deck. The crews of the two Imperial ships shouted and waved joyfully to each other and a cheer went up from the Resolutes when Amelia stepped off the gangplank onto the quarterdeck and saluted the bridge.
"The RLS Hawkesbury is secure, captain," she said when she reached the bridge. "And I can report the capture of the light ship Zang and her crew."
"So I see." Forsythe nodded. "I commend you on your initiative, acting lieutenant. Where is the Hawkesbury's commanding officer? I would like to speak with them."
"I regret to report that the commanding officer is dead, sir," said Amelia.
JaAm 2: Whalesong (Part 5)JaAm 2: Whalesong (Part 5)2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The longboat banked gently as Amelia piloted it around a small asteroid. Jane hung on to the side and looked at the surface of the rock that they were passing, noting the way that small grains of silica seemed to catch the light and sparkle.
"Are you all right, ma'am?" Arrow, holding his hat on with one huge hand, looked over at her. Jane nodded briskly and turned her head. The Resolute already seemed like it was a long way off, holding station as close to the edge of the asteroid field as she had dared get. With only a few sails open to catch enough of the stellar breeze to generate power and stop herself drifting, the big ship-of-the-line was not as imposing a sight as she usually was.
"Do you have everything you need, Miss Porter?" Lance-Corporal Flower was sitting next to her. Jane hefted her leather satchel and patted it.
"Everything I should need, thank you."
"It was good of you to volunteer for this, ma'am," said Arrow. Jane shrugged and smiled.
"Well, one can't be bored."