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In this scene from Bringer of Chaos: Origin of Pietas, the hero has spent fifteen months trapped in an unpowered lifepod. He’s immortal. No matter how much he wants to, he can’t die. But after all that time, they are finally landing. Trouble is, Pietas’s constant companion, Six, is missing.
The ship shook, and then jolted as if it were entering the atmosphere.
A ship big enough to transport a million people would break up on entry. Surely they wouldn’t send the ship all the way here, then plow it into the ground. They could have done that on any planet. Or perhaps humans feared Ultras would survive even that, and come back if they were inside the traveled space-lanes.
Another jolt. A deep rattle. Was this a shuttle? Had they loaded him onto a shuttle to land on Sempervia?
The pod tilted, and Pietas slid inside it. Helpless to protect himself, he landed hard against the side. The pod lifted, and he had a sense of it being shaken by a mechanical beast.
Where was Six? Was he safe? Was he in a pod? What had they done with Six?
He expected no answer, but he had to try. If they hurt Six, he would eat them first, then food.
Another hard jolt shifted Pietas inside the pod. It lifted, and then began to drop, drop, drop…
A scream tore from him. He hit hard.
The impact threw him against the pod, smashing his face. Smashing his body.
The pod rolled.
Pietas bounced inside it like a pebble in a can.
The rolling stopped. He lay on his back, breathless, in searing pain. White hot fire shot through his body.
Once he breathed again, he listened for outside sounds. The silence beat on his ears. No ship sounds. No human sounds. Nothing. Was he in water? Quicksand? Snow? Where had they cast him?
The miserable cretins had not off-loaded the pod like cargo. They’d dumped it like garbage.
Letters in dull red light blinked above him, and Pietas focused with effort.
Press to release.
With his hands bound behind him, and his body broken, he could not reach. Try as he might, he could not lift his head enough to press it.
He was off the ship, and on the planet, and still not free.
He had to get out.
Out. Out! Out out out out…
Stop this. Think! You…are…a…warrior. Do not give in to panic. No fear. No fear. A warrior never shows fear.
There must be a way out.
He forced his head upward, as far as he could reach. Nothing. His neck bones grated against each other like chalk on concrete.
He fell back, exhausted.
There had to be a way out. Some detail he missed. A way out.
Bringer of Chaos: Origin of Pietas
Immortal. Warrior. Condemned. Traitors stripped him of everything, but to save his people, he must humble himself before the human who imprisoned him.
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Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she’s tenured.
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