Ring (working title)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Just a quickie I did back in April about an inhabited ring that orbits the earth. And a meteor. I've got some ideas for more story but I've been side tracked by some other stories since.

Submitted: September 14, 2008

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Submitted: September 14, 2008



Sarah had been finishing her morning coffee when it happened. She'd been gazing out the view port at Earth, bored of her own notes on the days work when her husband's voice came over the loudspeakers. It was just a routine systems check, but as usual, she looked up the the speaker and smiled. It probably saved her from blindness.

Afterwards, she would only remember the the light. The brightest light she'd ever known suddenly filling her quarters, then the darkness. When she came to the room was completely dark. And silent. Which probably scared her more than anything. Aboard the Orbital Ring it was always noisy. Machinery, gravity sims and the air circulation and oxygen scrubbers were constants. You didn't notice them after awhile, unless, like now, they were gone.

She was still fairly groggy from losing consciousness, but she new something terribly terribly wrong had happened. She was only a botanist, but even she could tell that the vibrations she could feel through the floor were from explosions. Her head and back hurt and she didn't need to touch her forehead to figure out she was bleeding. The pain in her back seemed to be from the debris she was lying on.

It was only now that she began to wonder why it was so dark. Had something fallen over the view port? Had something struck the Ring outside her section? "Oh God, am I blind...?" she whimpered, her hands finally touching her face. Then she noticed the stars. "Wha...what the fuck?! Where's the Earth? Where's the Earth?!" The last came out as a scream. Sarah and Mohammed Farad had Inner Ring quarters, their only view was the Earth. The only thing Sarah could see now was stars.

She realized two things as she struggled against her growing terror. One, as she struggled it became apparent that the gravity simulators were off line. Two, the reason she could look out the view port without ever having sat up was because she was lying on the wall. Her back hurt because she was on top of the book shelf.

The emergency life support systems began to struggle back on-line. She felt a cool draft of air begin to push its way into the room and the loud speaker began to hiss. The light's flickered a few times but didn't seem to be coming back. A broken voice faded in and out from the speaker. It was Mohammed. She stifled a sob, trying to hear him. "...eor. I repea... assive me... Ring has... broken...." The Ring was broken? Her mind could barely comprehend this. The static was too bad to make out anything he was saying. "...teor strike." Meteor strike? The Ring was hit by a meteor? How could a meteor not be noticed? There were people whose only jobs were to track asteroids. How was this possible?

Her thoughts faded as she noticed the room was brightening and she could see again. The moon began to float across the view port. "Oh..." her hand went to her mouth as understanding came to her. She was in a broken portion of the Ring. It was floating free and rotating. The light in the room faded then brightened back to its usual state as the moon past out of view and her window and she could once again see Earth. Sarah's breath caught in her throat. It was a meteor, but it hadn't hit the Ring.

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