GENRE: YA Science Fiction
That stupid android wasn’t listening to me again. I covered my ears against the wailing emergency siren and bent over the hatch. Below, the ladder disappeared into the darkness of the engine bay, punctuated by flashing red emergency lights. I squinted and called down, “Hapi? Just want to let you know I picked our mark. When we get to Stymphalian Beta, we’re stealing the statue.”
The ship shuddered violently, sending me flying across the tiny bridge and into a rusty metal wall. My breath escaped in a puff. I rubbed my elbow where it’d cracked against the steel. Underneath my tangled legs, the Disharmony’s engines sputtered. My teeth buzzed from the vibrations.
“I’m a little busy now, Jez. Perhaps we can discuss this later.” Hapi’s voice drifted up from the bottom level of the ship. I crawled back to the hatch. I considered the ladder for a second, then winced and looked down. The android’s subtle blue glow stood out against the dark and the dancing red lights. With inhuman speed, he rushed between engine panels, fiddling around where steam hissed up into the bay.
“It’s not a discussion.” I gripped the edge of the ladder as another jolt rocked the Disharmony. “The statue’s our target.”
Hapi appeared suddenly under the hatch. His body was perfectly still, and he stared at me with bright, pupiless blue eyes that never failed to creep me out. “Right now, I’m not sure we’ll even get to Stymphalian Station Beta."