This is the first section of the fifth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
The next section is here.
This now starts to tell the story I wanted to tell all along, so sorry for the brevity here, but it's necessary; and finally the point where I stop world building and start doing stuff. That said it's the world building that I actually enjoy doing when writing these things most of all. Then I have stories that I want to tell in these worlds. Then I need some people to fill it. I imagine this is the opposite way around to the way that you're supposed to work, but I guess that's the fault of my brain.
The ship shook again, various motors throughout the ship gurgled into motion. Explosions were felt throughout the ship and water pumped out into the void of space
“Have you managed to send the SOS signal?”
“Message sent” replied Alice, “Now let’s just hope”