GENRE: YA Scifi
Cassie and Luka, a member of an alien species known as megobari, have just ejected from the megobarian ship Pilgrimage, crash landing on an uninhabitable moon. The Pilgrimage is being attacked by a rival alien species, the vrag. Luka's entire family is on board.
Then I saw it: the megobarian ship, racing across the sky like a white comet, trailing fire and debris.
It wasn't alone. A massive shadow dwarfed the Pilgrimage like something out of a nightmare.
The Pilgrimage couldn't possibly get away. It descended low into the atmosphere, growing larger and circling back towards us.
The vrag ship didn't change course. They knew the megobari had nowhere to go.
"No, no, no," Luka whispered. "What are you doing?"
"They're headed straight for it." I couldn't breathe. "Oh, my God, they're doing it on purpose. They’re going to ram the vrag ship."
He sprang forward, as if he could reach out and physically stop it with his bare hands. "No. Don't you dare. Don't you dare!"
The vrag ship opened fire.
Bursts of fire lit the sky like daylight, shrapnel dripping from hunks of molten metal. The little white ship shattered into pieces.
The vrag ship hovered momentarily, making sure its quarry was dead. Then it disappeared again into the black.
The shockwave rippled over us a few seconds later, blowing chunks of rock against my helmet and knocking on my back.
The broken pieces of the Pilgrimage seemed to hover in the sky, falling too slowly into the weak gravity well of Aran.
"Escape pods," I whispered. "Do you...do you see any?"
Luka acted like he hadn't heard me. But then his hand reached up, activating his comm. Listened.
I waited, shaking, as burning debris fell over Luka's head like a halo of hell.