08 March, 2011

[SFAP] Chapter 1:6

This is the sixth section of the first chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
The next section is here

“Are they ready?”
“They’re packed and the ship is prepared if that’s what you mean”
“No it’s not and you know it”, he stood up and leaned towards her over his desk, “How did it ever come to this Alice?”
“We wanted to be different, what other destination can there be than conflict?”
“You thought about this a lot then?”
“I can’t say I’ve slept well since we came up with this plan, never mind the last couple of weeks.”
“Well try and get hold of some sleeping pills, we’ll need you and everyone rested. Once we start this we’re not going to rest for our lifetimes.”
“No second thoughts then?”
“Always, but no second decisions.”
“Aren’t you supposed to go out there now and make some sort of motivational speech? Quote some ancient text or wise proverb?”
He chuckled at this, “Save that for the heroes, come on; orbits wait for no man”

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