Linda Maye Adams

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Writing in Public: Story #4, Chapter 22


CHAPTER 22 Graul paced in front of the plot table on the bridge, his steps impatient, while he gulped down caffeine and wondered if he could just apply it directly to his bloodstream. Lieutenant Parker watched him, uncertain of the skipper’s mood. It was oh-four fifteen, and the computer had already started the subtle shift …

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Writing in Public: Story 4: Chapter 21


CHAPTER 21 The dust kicked up from the weapons fire from Kangjun still floated in the air, along with the acrid stretch of burnt sand.  Brooks pulled the jeep in front of the scientists’ tents, cut the engine.  The silence was startling. Jian hopped out of the jeep.  The gunny was already doing a range …

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Writing in Public: Story 4 (Novella): Chapter 20


CHAPTER 20 Graul, Jian, and Brooks launched into a rapid planning session.  Hope watched in both amazement and fear.  They were business-like, efficient.  All the parts worked together without any questions or arguments. Graul’s image above the jeep flickered.  “Comm’s already contacting the Marines in camp.  How many weapons do you have?” “Just me and …

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Writing in Public: Story 4 (Novella) Chapter 19


CHAPTER 19 The morning had started out hot and got hotter by the time the jeep arrived at the pointy rock.  This time, Brooks drove, Jian sat in the passenger seat, and Hope in the back.  It was noisier riding in the backseat, and she wished she sat in the other backseat.  The exhaust was …

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Writing in Public: Story 4 (Novella) Chapter 19


CHAPTER 19 The morning had started out hot and got hotter by the time the jeep arrived at the pointy rock.  This time, Brooks drove, Jian sat in the passenger seat, and Hope in the back.  It was noisier riding in the backseat, and she wished she sat in the other backseat.  The exhaust was …

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Writing in Public 4 (Novella), Chapter 16


CHAPTER 16 “I’m not a ghost exterminator,” Hope said over a meal in the shuttle when they returned.  Outside the windows, the day had been sucked up by darkness. Hope was so worn out that her hands trembled as she tried to scoop up purple goop with, and bless them, a spicy kick.  Brooks grimaced …

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Writing in Public: Story 4 (Novella), Chapter 14


CHAPTER 14 High above the 49er Planet, Colonel Graul tapped his fountain pen on the table top and looked over his handwritten notes in his military green notebook. Looked up at the image of the sun floating over his conference table. Didn’t like what he was seeing. He checked the synchronized clock on the wall …

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Writing in Public: Story 4 (Novella), Chapter 13


Though the aliens lived nearby, they interacted with humans and other alien races in a town called Sawyerstown. It was supposed to be named after the founder, though Hope wondered if the one word name had originated as a typo. This time, one of Mel’s Marines drove the jeep, following the road marked by the …

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Writing in Public: Story 4 (Novella), Chapter 12


CHAPTER 12 Hope’s second stop of the morning was with the scientists. They were a grumpy lot. Hope wanted to believe that it was just because it was early morning for them, but she thought it was because the ghost was interfering with their research. The tent the ghost had knocked down had contained the …

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Writing in Public: Story 4 (Novella), Chapter 11


Housekeeping notes: As the story evolves, I added the aliens to Chapter 7 (in red). CHAPTER 11 Graul’s first stop of the morning was the gym for a warm-up, lower body weight lifting, and then an interval run on the walkabout deck. By the time he ended the run, his t-shirt and hair were soaked with …

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