This is the version of this story that I submitted for my OU A363 Creative Writing module last month – it was originally 6.7k words but I had to cut 4k from it in about 16 hours in order to make my word count and deadline. So this super-compact version is not my favourite of the four edits but it’s the one I’m sharing for now. Eventually this story will get to grow *way* beyond the confines of a short story, which I’m quite excited about. In the meantime I hope you enjoy 🙂 Ray x
It’s not the first time I’ve been woken in the dead of night by the proximity alarm screaming through the ship.
‘Ada…’ I groan. ‘That better not be because a certain someone has hacked the airlock again.’
Before the A.I. can respond, there’s a low chuckle that is way, way too close. My hair stands on end, I know that laugh.
‘Lights!’ I bark, scowling as the cabin illuminates my favourite nightmare in the doorway, pointing a goddamn plasma pistol at me.
‘What the fuck are you doing here Katya?’
She gives me a smug grin that makes me want to punch her. ‘It’s always such a delight to see you Eliss.’