This is the eighteenth section of the fourteenth chapter of Sonnets from a Proton. The novel starts here.
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Jane stared at the screen. half a dozen incoming fighters they had massacred the Earth`s quite surprisingly impressive defences and were on their way here. They had also before they started braking launched missiles that had taken out Jupiter’s defences far more effectively than they had Earth even though Jupiter was supposed to be the home of the solar navy. Well, thought Jane, time to show them what a civilian base can do. The bots had been their normal efficient self since the Freedom had proved the success of the AM generator and the AM drive and had in the five days since the Freedom had left built a new one. This time the final model ready for the colony ship. Most of it had she admitted already been in parts waiting for approval and any potential design revisions but there it was. She looked outside her window and in a few hours it would be tested.
If the fighters that were bound for her followed previous patterns they wouldn’t start evasive manoeuvres until they were a light minute or so out. She still had time. A simple matter to change the direction of the engine before the test begins.