As I announced in a previous post, I’m working on a new
science fiction manuscript, tentatively titled Alpha Shift. Below is an excerpt that partially describes two of
the characters—Linda and Vox.
They are both lieutenants aboard a spaceship. Linda has been
sent to get Vox. As far as their having “viewers,” I’ll have to explain in
photo by Candy Lee from Australia
They walked off together. As usual, Vox had no shoes on. Her
feet and her calf muscles were strong enough for her to stand on tiptoe during
her upcoming hologram, giving her legs and posture the look of high heels.
Captain Chechi had agreed to it, thinking it would pique viewer curiosity. The
forecastle trio all had bare legs for their leg chairs, though they sometimes
wore stockings for special occasions.
It was common knowledge that Vox had artificial hands and
feet from a terrible shuttle accident. No one in the forecastle knew how much
of the rest of her was artificial, and no one felt comfortable enough to ask.
That and her strangely impersonal manner had led to Becca’s joke—a rather cruel
one. But daily observation of this least senior lieutenant in the forecastle
revealed she had great strength.
Linda was 6’2” and wearing heels. Vox was 5’4” and walking
barefoot. The rude comment about Vox had shaken Linda, and she felt her skin
crawl at the knowledge that the woman padding along beside her could literally
pick her up and break her in half over her knee.