Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 25

His chronometer beeped. Vendrian stared at the viewscreen image of the brown dwarf star. His thoughts pondered its existence. The wretched thing had died as soon as it was born. This stillborn mass never had the fuel to become a main sequence star. He looked at the graphs charting the decreasing infrared radiation from its… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 25

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 24

Alan watched from the observation deck as a large yellow loader brought the stealth device to the Vĩnh Viễn. The cavernous hanger echoed with the shouts of the maintenance crew and the clanking of machinery. Various repair drones moved about, like spherical jellyfish, committed to their tasks in preset algorithms. The smell of oil and… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 24

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 23

The hum of the Hawking ship reverberated throughout the hull. Nalia heard the beeps of various status updates as Alan activated the ship. Visuals were off. Inside, the glow of the screens and holos bathed them. They had not talked since they had returned from the graveyard. Nalia looked at Alan as he concentrated on… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 23

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 22

Alan squinted as he watched the sky rider glide through the sky. It was a large creature, light brown in color and almost three meters in length. Its wingspan almost spread twice that measurement. He could almost hear its gas-filled organs lifting it into the air. It swooped down to eat the stem-like plants that… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 22

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 20

Nalia warmed her hands over the fire as night descended over the desert sky. A large rock outcropping covered them from any prying eyes. Alan had gone off to gather more supplies from their ship hidden in the cavern. She shivered as she wrapped her desert robes from the ship’s storage tighter around her shoulders.… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 20

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 19

Alan heard his breath reverberate throughout his helmet. His slow, rhythmic pulse echoed in his chest. The only other noise he heard was a soft beeping indicating Nalia’s position next to him. He looked over the exterior of the station. It resembled a cityscape surrounded by the night sky. Lifting his hand, he pointed a… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 19

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 18

The blast door opened with a bang. Nalia raised her borrowed needlegun but lowered it as Zenk soldiers ran in. Miyashiro strode in and Alan, in an ill-fitting maintenance worker’s outfit, followed behind. She breathed out as the tension left her. Alan walked up to her and they embraced for a brief moment. The dim… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 18

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 17

Alan sat naked in his darkened holding cell. The bench felt cold to his skin. He listened to the hum of the force wall, its noise similar to the small insects from home. He smelled the stale air of the station brig. It reminded him of his one-time visit to Earth. He looked at his… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 17

Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 16

Nalia floated in a misty lake. She felt the smooth water brush against her skin. Around her, snow-covered mountains rose to cover the sun. The wind screamed as it coursed through the peaks. A scent of dew drifted around her and the light faded behind the mountains. Her breath came out in deep, then shallow… Continue reading Eternity’s Foundation: Chapter 16