Friend, Foe, or Something More?
Darby Sabo knows what to expect when her hypersleep shift comes to an end.
Routine inspections, keeping deep space cargo safe, keeping herself entertained and sane.
But a surprise lurks this time, one she never dreamed of.
Will Darby discover a silver lining in the shocking break from routine?
Part of Faeries in Space, an Uncollected Anthology
An excerpt from A Sentient Surprise:
By the time she reached the end of the hundred-meter-long row and got a glance at ten more just like it to either side, all hopes of salvaging even a handful of food evaporated.
Whoever rampaged through here had taken their time and done a thorough job of it.
She’d just raised her wrist again, meaning to comm the rotten news to Janess, when she caught a flutter of movement to her left.
And a muted whisper of what sounded like high-pitched giggles cut through the air handlers’ constant noise.
“What the hell?” she whispered, crouching and turning that way for a better look.
That giggle hadn’t been any sort of adult, and this was a human-only crew.