The Suit

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium


Way out of my comfort zone -- and I know nothing about science.



Thanks to Markie Bee for the cover. https://www.booksie.com/users/markie-bee-223538

Submitted: August 16, 2018

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The Suit.

It seemed to have been going on forever, this meteor shower, They’d known it was coming, had tried to prepare, but nothing had led them to expect something so violent and so prolonged. The ship was pounded and pounded from all directions. No matter what they had done they would have been unable to prevent any damage from being sustained.

The warning systems were only partially working. Damage assessment would have to be carried out manually by the crew. but still the alarm continued to sound. The damage had to be external and someone would have to go out there and fix it.

Major Thomas Lake insisted on being the one to get suited up. Although the storm had more or less passed, there were still the odd rocks passing. A blow from one of them would possibly be fatal or could sever his link to the ship, sending him floating off in to deep space.

The loading bay was in some way damaged. The atmospheric pressure was destabilised, and the entire place was in chaos. Suited up, harness at the ready, he gave the instructions to let him out then re-secure the ship. He clipped on the harness that would prevent him from going to far and began to scan the ship.

Visuals from his helmet would be picked up in the control room, giving him an extra four pairs of eyes. There were numerous dents to be seen, but no actual breeches into the fabric of the ship. The Major moved further and further around the ship and it was not until he reached the top of it that the real problem was apparentwas obvious, clearly seen.

He made his way up and over, his gloved hands clumsily reaching for a tool. It was going to have to get worse for a while before it could get better, so he radioed in a warning to secure the cabin from the rest of the ship while he struggled to make adjustments and to somehow seal the gap.

What followed then, nobody was quite sure of, but suddenly the ship tilted, juddered; it was just as though it was travelling through some kind of storm, yet nothing showed up on the radar.

Come in, Tom," Lieutenant Dale Carter said, trying to establish contact. “Can you hear me, Major Tom.”

The tossing around of the ship increased. A suited figure landed with a thump on the screen, startling the remaining crew. Major Tomas Lake was being tossed around like a rag doll. How long before the harness snapped?

Then, just as suddenly as it had started, the jolting stopped. The ship stabilized and the alarms ceased screeching. He might not still be alive but it seemed as though the Major had solved the over-riding problem.

Lieutenant Carter stood up, opening up the cabin to the remainder of the ship now that the crisis seemed to be averted. “I can’t leave him out there. I’ve got to at least attempt to get him back on board.”

Stepping in to the second suit, securing himself, Lieutenant Carter made his way out in to space. He pulled on the harness that was already attached. It did not come free in his hands so it was pretty safe to assume that the Major was still held firm.

Easing himself up and around the body of the ship, he caught sight of the suited figure and called it in. He’d pull the man back inside with him. The Major was unresponsive, unconscious no doubt, possibly even dead; but Dale Carter persevered, manipulating the extra body and eventually getting them both safely back inside the ship.

Lieutenant Carter stepped from his suit and made his way over to the man that had become a good friend. He went to remove the unconscious man’s helmet, getting a momentary glimpse of the black hole that within seconds would swallow up himself and the entire ship.


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