Journey to Belon, Part 17

The first time Ellie woke up, she called the bridge. Her throat was sore, and it was hard to get a breath, but she rasped, “Captain, the ship. It’s not alien; it’s with the assassin…” She was interrupted by a baffling cheer from the bridge crew. The captain said,...

Journey to Belon, Part 16

The ship jolted starboard just as Jeb was exiting the lazivator, causing him to stagger and whack his shoulder against the door. Damn inertial jostlers! Once again, he wished for an off switch for the device. To his right, he heard Lt. Straus swear. “Missed again!...

Journey to Belon, Part 15

Captain’s Log, Intergalactic Date 677063.23 The Gavite ambassador is dead, and my Ops Officer critically injured. We’ve caught the assassin, who goes by Kree ‘bohn, though we doubt that’s his real name. He’s been genetically altered to look Kitack. He’s been part of...

Journey to Belon, Part 14

Todd smacked his fists against the door. “Come on, Pulsie! Let us out.” The voice of the Impulsive answered, “Sorry, Todd. I’m not authorized. All guests are confined to quarters for the time being.” “Tell us what’s going on—I command you!” Ellie’s mother said. The...

Journey to Belon, Part 13

“Ellie,” her father said for the third time, “this is not a criticism of your lifestyle.” “It certainly feels like it!” she retorted. “Nor is it of Todd,” her mother asserted. “It’s just that once the infatuation cools…” “This isn’t just infatuation!” Ellie yelled,...

Journey to Belon, Part 12

In her quarters, Ellie was ready to commit some murder herself. How dare her parents just reject Todd without even getting to know him. But, oh! They had—in their own ambassadorial way. She should have known they’d investigate anyone who’d dare to fall in love with...