Unwanted Promotion

Begin Program C783.
Delete Program C782.
Locate the red suit hanging on the back of your cabin door.
Remove the red suit from the hanger.
Put on the red suit.
Locate your boots and weapon and place them inside your combat bag.
Proceed with your combat bag to Quadrant 2, Station 74.
Report to your new team leader.
End program.

The command module’s speaker clicked off. I stared at the chip in my open palm.

J√©vok jerked the bandage tight on my arm. “Ready?”

He took the chip out of my hand. It plunged next to his into the glass of ninety eight point six degree water as he and I plunged into the air circulation duct.

Why Is the Sky Black?

My first attempt at Inspiration Monday. I’ll be brave and post this unedited. (Eek.)

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I didn’t see you that day. You had gone off on a mission, and who was I to judge? I tried to take your advice and not think about it. But something about cleaning your cabin always put my mind on the runway, shooting out the side of the ship, searching the depth of space for you.

I remember the blood on your pillow. I remember the clean pillowcase I put on it. I remember collecting my sponge and pail. Closing and locking your door. Then I let myself in next door and walked in on Jax removing his combat suit. I didn’t expect the two of you back so soon.

He wasn’t mad. He just hugged me to him, sponge and pail and all.

“We won,” he said. He had blood all over him. I knew it couldn’t be his.

I stared past him, out the little porthole window, knowing you weren’t with him like you should be.

“Why is the sky black?”