1.09

The room was frozen. Nate may not have been the most assertive guy in the world, but he absolutely could be when he was in character.  Right now, he wasn’t Nathan Regal the distinguished actor. Right now he was Detective Regal, a man straight out of the silver screen. Detective Regal was a man who … Continue reading 1.09

1.08

Nate placed one foot out of the Void Knave and onto the surface of the planet. He, Milah, and the Knave travelled across the stars; they had been to nearly every human planet but somehow it always led them back here, Terra Secundus. Where he was born. The first human star colony, and now the … Continue reading 1.08

1.07

“I’ll escort you to your new quarters, Ms. Amaris.” the Navigator’s robotic voice stated kindly. If he had a mouth, Kaori suspected it would be smiling politely. But she wasn’t ready yet. They were leaving her rusty planet behind soon, and there was certainly no way she wasn’t going to watch their ascension to the … Continue reading 1.07

1.06

Ashur stepped gingerly across the wreckage of the royal guards, humming to himself over the grinding, scraping and sawing noises his little scrapbots were causing as they continued to break the big robots into increasingly small pieces. At last, he reached the great vault door, smiling in satisfaction that he was finally going to reap … Continue reading 1.06

1.05

Kaori felt the kind of fear that only comes when you’ve found a life-changing opportunity and now need to try not to mess it all up. She was on board a spaceship. It was nicer than Ashur’s to be sure, but she’d happily settle for any ship that could get her out of the trench. … Continue reading 1.05

1.04

Disclaimer: Due to my discovery that there is a Disney character named "Captain Wraith" I have changed the name of Nate's pirate alter ego to "Captain Scarheart" since I like long walks on the beach and not getting sued. If you are a new reader and have never heard the name 'Captain Wraith" then this … Continue reading 1.04

1.03

Reading by starlight might be something that sounds beautiful or soothing, but Nate certainly wasn’t enjoying it. He didn’t read much, he simply didn’t like it. But he wasn’t reading for fun today, he was reading to prevent his own death. “Okay, Skykea Air Swarm 2800s model. Table of contents.” He said aloud. He waited … Continue reading 1.03

1.02

Kaori stared at the little glowing ball amongst the worthless scrap heap. Perhaps calling it a ball was inaccurate, she knew enough to identify it as a protective force bubble of some sort. The real object of value was inside, an electronic device from what she could see. Throughout the outer part of the field … Continue reading 1.02

1.01

Nearly a decade after the accident, the Navigator stood on the bridge of the ship, staring out the window at a large rust-colored world. Even from orbit, the planet looked lumpy, with deep scars cut all across the surface. Flawlessly polished black boots marched their way into the bridge. The doors whooshed open, catching Nav’s … Continue reading 1.01

Prologue

The Nightingale drifted through space, orbiting a blue sun. They called her a light frigate. Larger than the majority of ships that traveled the stars, but tiny compared to a real warship or shipping vessel. Her design was sleek, aerodynamic even. The Nightingale was the largest class of ship capable of entering a planet's atmosphere, … Continue reading Prologue