The EVE Online Chronicles are a great way to step inside New Eden when you can't log in game. These exciting storylines depict the lives and events of those who live amongst the stars.
Karin dragged Neral along the hallway, her progress painfully slow. She'd found the woman with a chunk of shrapnel in her gut, and Karin couldn't just leave her lying there. Her ship was collapsing around her, nothing she could do about it, but she'd be damned if she was going to let her ethics go the same way.
And now she was trapped in the twisted wreck of her ship with a dying woman.
A dying woman and that noise.
The terrifying shriek of tortured metal and the groaning vibrations of the hull as it collapsed were bad enough, but it was the steady, metallic banging against the thinnest bulkhead of her accidental prison that was really freaking her out.
She really wanted to be thinking about something else.
Her mind caught on a story from her childhood, of monsters in the depths of her homeworld's seas
No, that wasn't any better.
-- arms reaching out to strangle whole vessels, down under the weight of fathoms of water, death as certain as--
"Tahaki Karin," she thought, "you snap out of it this instant."
She contemplated the bristling heap of metal shards ahead, bent and broken support beams and plates barricading what should have been a hallway.
She set Neral down gently, tried to slow her breathing. Normal. Do a mental inventory: What do you have on you?
Wrench, hammer, screwdriver, pliers--
She could get some of the debris off one of the interior walls, find a way around, get them to a pod--
--live through this.
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