Ascension: Fast Pace

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Hart certainly looked like he’d earned the rank. He had a tough, competent look and the deceptively lithe bulk of a man who kept himself fit out of necessity.

We headed off down the corridor, although I didn’t miss the two nonchalant yet armed guards who were standing outside. The major did not join us.

“Sorry about that back there, Reckall. Major wanted to test your reaction time, that was all. Nothing personal.”

I shrugged, trying to make it seem no big deal. He grinned.

“How’d I do?”

“Not bad at all. Go for the inside next time.”

We made our way down into an underground hangar bay where the shuttle was waiting, an angular arrowhead with bulges for weaponry and sensors and a single thrust-vectoring nozzle at the back.

The inside was more cramped than I expected, featuring inward-facing rows of seats with restraints and some overhead equipment lockers. It might have fitted eight, but we were the only passengers.

We had barely taken our seats before the engines throttled up to take us away.

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Comments (4 so far!)

  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    It does have a nice flow and pace to it, like the read goes right along with this very fluid walk out, down the hall, and onto the ship. I loved the line about, “…kept himself fit out of necessity.” I know so many people like that…myself largely included.

  2. Avatar HSAR

    Heh, I meant that he was fit because he needed to be for combat, but I can kind of see the other interpretation too.

    Worth amending, you think?

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    No, that’s literally what I meant. I keep myself fit because Uncle Sam tests me every 6 months to make sure I’m “deployable”. No need to amend.

  4. Avatar HSAR

    Ah. I know one or two people like that, and so yes, that’s exactly the kind of image I had in mind.

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