TITLE: Day 10,000
GENRE: Science fiction
Shushan is a fourteen year-old girl on a colonized world who's had a crush on Ensign Nakajima since he disembarked from a landing craft and spoke to her people as he came to aid them. But Shushan is getting suspicious of his headset. And there’s going to be an explosion.
“Wait!” Nakajima took a step forward. “That’s not what we agreed --”
Lieutenant Pearl’s voice was devoid of emotion. “Ensign Nakajima, grab that girl next to you and hide behind that large tree back and to the left of you.”
But Shushan had darted her eyes again when he had stopped in mid-word. “You’re getting instructions from that headset, aren’t you?” She spoke as if she had bit into some bitter fruit.
“Shushan, we need to hide behind that tree.” It was a maple with a fairly thick trunk. Somewhat distant, they could sprint to it in thirty seconds.
Her face had creased in juvenile anger and disappointment, her voice high. “All along, you’ve been repeating what someone on the ship has been telling you? Those weren’t your words?”
He grabbed her arm. “We need to run NOW. You heard your friend. We’ll talk about the headset later.”
Pearl’s voice came on again, and in the background the captain was saying something about a scattering field. “Ensign, get that twerp out of there!”
Shushan beat her fists on his chest, blonde hair flying as she struggled, backing away from the direction he wanted. “Did you mean any of it? What you said? Any of it? When you stepped out, and you said all those noble words? And I thought . . . .” Her voice became too high to follow.
Nakajima didn’t like using any sort of martial arts against her, but . . . .