Dream Rising, Part 1He jumped in his chair, shaken away by the loud, horrid beeping that the main console was emitting. Groggily he slapped his hand on the display panel, calling up the reason for the alert.POWER FAILURE IN ENGINE 2. COMPLETE MELTDOWN IN FORTY MINUTES.He glanced at it, and groaned in his seat."Mik," he yelled, not moving from his seat, "We're losing power again.""Huh?" was the call from the hall behind the cockpit. "What's it say?""Meltdown in fourty.""Aw, piss." Mik stormed into the stuffy cockpit, taking the seat next to him. "We carry one stinkin' load of rats, and they go and chew through everything in the ship." He sighed, wiping his hand through his greasy hair. "Call up the diagnostic. I need to know which wires they pulled out."He waved his hand lazily around the console, calling up blueprints of their freighter. "Port radial cooling power coupling. Engine two."Mik glared at him, trying to get the younger crew member to actually get out of his seat... yet it was all
Dream Rising, Prologue"GENERAL ALERT: DECOMPRESSION IN DECKS 32 AND 33. EVACUATE SECTION 4 IMMEDIATELY." "Karin, get the children out of here. Something's going on.""But Rik...""GO!" he shouted, pushing his wife towards the door. "Run to the shuttle bay and get the kids on board. I want you to be ready to leave the moment something happens.""And where do you think you'll be going?" she asked, the panic in her threatening to overtake her voice. "You don't know what you're doing... we're only here on a vacation!""It doesn't matter. Station security will need the help right now." He finished taking off his tie and throwing it on the bed before turning back toward Karin. "I need to do what I can. You know this."Karin made to argue with her husband, but closed her mouth. When Rik made up his mind, it was set. "Fine. Go. I'm taking Reyna and Kole with me, though."Rik nodded, kissing his wife gently. "I won't be long. Have the shuttle warmed up, and make sure you have the radio set to the PA systems.
Avatar: Legends Chapter 1Chapter 1.The wave hovered slowly in the air, floating as if it was suspended on strings. "Good," the old man said, watching the bubble of water float tenderly around. "You appear to be growing stronger.""Thank you, master," the student said, never taking his eyes off of the shimmering bubble."It is in exercises like these where you can truly feel the water, where you can understand its flow. Water itself is a living thing, Caeto. Tiny organisms live in every drop of water we have. Water fills our bodies, brings us nourishment. Do not waste your water, for it may save your life in a number of ways one day.""Of course, master," he said, carefully pulling the water and gently sliding it inside the pouch on his waist. "I don't think you need to remind me of that."His master smiled. "No, I suppose not." He took a deep breath of the cold northern air. "I'm an old man, Caeto. I guess it simply comes with the age."Caeto laughed in turn. "If I may be blunt, master, I'm not exactly young
Avatar: LegendsAvatar: LegendsThe doors to the Great Hall exploded open, pieces of wood and metal flying inward and coating the marble floor with debris. With a scream the likes of which he had never heard before, Kota charged into the hall, his spear held high, his wolfs-head helmet resting proudly on his brow. Now was their moment. Now was their finest our.He prayed that the spirits would not destroy him for what he was about to do.His troops poured in after him, waterbenders from the Northern City, firebenders from the western Fire Nations, and earthbenders from the scattered or destroyed kingdoms in the east. They all had a grudge against the man sitting on the throne of Ba Sing Se, the man who was charged to protect them all.The man who was the link between this world and that of the spirits."East Squad," Kota yelled, waving his spear towards the right side of the hall. "Barriers up!" Almost instantly, large slabs of rock shot straight through the marble floor, shattering the delicate carvi
BangFumbling, he slid the shells one by one into the bottom of his shotgun. Liquid dripped into his eyes, blinding him with the sting. Blood, sweat, at this point it didnt matter. None of them were going to make it out alive.With a satisfying click, he pumped the weapon, loading two of the rounds into the barrels. Gunfire flashed overhead as his unit tried to hold out against them, but hope was waning. A terrible screaming rushed through the air, and he felt a wave of heat as one of the last artillery emplacements exploded in a ball of fire. Now he knew theyd never hold them back.With the last major defense out of the way, the walkers were sent in. Beastly machines nearly 5 stories tall, the walkers carried a single turret mounted gun that could pierce armor plating, concrete, and flesh as if it were paper. Over his radio embedded in his helmet, he heard the commander give the fall back order.His breathing came in short, shallow breaths. As building collapsed around him, dus