“The Descent into Space”
Cordelia Gable tries to silence the incessant, useless beeping of her ship’s controls, but the piercing electronic BLEEOOP, BLEEEEEOOOP continues.
She already knows that there’s an emergency, she doesn’t need the God damned warning sirens going off to remind her. She feels like she’s being driven mad by the distraction… all of the stupid flashing lights and noises. Pointless.
With the fuel leak, there isn’t much time for a decision to be made— stay connected to the main vessel and risk igniting the minerals she’s towing back from the asteroid belt and ride the remaining inertia (hopefully) back to Earth, OR… disconnect and save the precious cargo but sentence herself to a sure, solitary death floating in space.
Cordelia had already decided years ago what she’d do in this sort of situation… if she ruins the cargo, she’ll not only face heavy fines, but she’ll lose her career, her certification, possibly even jail time… even if she is rescued, it’s pointless. Her life is over.
So she presses the purge button, and feels the pressure change suck the air out of her ears as her cockpit unlocks itself from the vessel and ejects backwards, descending into open space.
At least the God damned beeping will stop. Dying will be worth it just for that.
Unfortunately, the endless flashing and beeping continues, as she she drifts off into the black emptiness of the Milky Way.
(Starring the amazing Cordelia Gable of cordeliagablewrites.tumblr.com!)
(And a special thank you to Fatma for giffing this for me!)
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