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 future posts.
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.