Space Blues, Part Two

Here is the second part in my sci-fi serial, Space Blues. I hope you will enjoy it.

If you missed the prelude to Space Blues, you can find it here

Space Blues, Part Two

Ace walked through the empty corridors of the Earth Satellite. His boots clicked against the mesh walkways. He had to leave. Security on the satellite was lax, but Ace knew better than to stick around. As he made his way towards the shuttle-bay he thought about her.

He didn’t really miss her, but he couldn’t stop thinking about her. He didn’t really care that Dave had killed her. In a way it felt right. He guessed she had it coming, the way she had screwed over Dave when everything changed.

Ace punched the code to the shuttle door and it slid open with a hiss. A faint aroma of engine grease and stale air greeted him as he stepped onboard. The shuttle was a big bulky remnant from the Planet Wars. It had been used as a freight carrier, hauling megatons of weapons from one end of the galaxy to the other. It wasn’t the fastest ship around, but it was a though one.

“You back already, Ace?” Garret called from the kitchen.

“Yeah” Ace replied. He walked into the kitchen. “What’s cooking?”

“Noodles. Did you find what you were looking for?”

“Not really. But we have to leave.”

“Yeah?” Garret raised his eyebrows at Ace. “A man came around here, looking for you. Did he find you?”

“He did. Got any band aids?”

“Over in that cabinet, second drawer.” Garret pointed at a drawer Ace had never seen. He didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. This was Garret’s reign. “He’s the reason we have to go?”

“I shot him” Ace answered. He rummaged around the drawer until he found a small, battered package of band aids. Ace took one and covered the cut on his cheek.

“I guess he had it coming.” Garret shrugged and poured noodles into a bowl.

“He did.” Ace slumped down in one of the bar stools by the kitchen counter.

“You look thin. Eat this.” Garret slid over the bowl of noodles. “I’ll go fire up the ship.”

For a long while Ace sat nibbling on the noodles, watching space go by as the shuttle drifted soundlessly towards a jump portal. He took one last look at the gray sphere that was Earth and wished that he never had to see it again.

The ship cringed slightly and a tingling feeling deep in Ace’s gut told him that they had entered the jump portal and transitioned into hyper space. Garret walked back into the kitchen a few minutes later.

“Where are we going?” Ace asked.

“Mars” Garret replied as he poured himself a bowl of noodle soup. “A man contacted me while you were gone. Offering us a job. Saying that there is a lot of credit in picking up cargo on Mars, jump with it to Ganymede.” Garret made a grimace and swallowed a mouthful of noodles, “This shit’s gone cold.”

Mars was good. Ace needed to see a man about a package there.

© Isaac Liljedahl


~ by Heartigan on May 4, 2010.

5 Responses to “Space Blues, Part Two”

  1. I’d like to see something more about Garret and why he’s traveling around with Ace. I’m interested to see what’s in the package too.

  2. This is a bit more “greasy” than the other stuff you’ve posted, but I like it! I hope there will be a detailed explanation about what has happened to the earth; it seems interesting!

  3. I like the image of ‘the ship cringed’. Well done!

  4. Very nice! I love the gritty tone, and the way Ace mildly admits to killing the guy. Well done. Looking forward to the next one. 🙂

  5. So far, Ace shot someone and Garret served him noodles. I need more world building so that I don’t have to sound like a three-year old nagging with the question, “Why.”

    What I thought was strong about this installment was your line: “A faint aroma of engine grease and stale air greeted him as he stepped onboard.” You engaged my nose! Scent is over looked in fiction. Nice job including that detail, I was pulled into the scene thought the stench of the engine.

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