Continuing flash series! I’m going to write one flash for every Icon I have, over 4 LJ accounts, 1 DW, and a whole bunch of not-currently-in-use, until I get bored or run out of icons.
I don’t remember, I’m sorry, where I yoinked this from, 3 years ago, to serve as Kailani’s fisrt icon (“sea and sky.”) Today, I’m using it as a picture, not a Kai icon.
The sky and sea seemed to go on forever.
Their exploration ship had crash-landed on this planet, splash-landed, more like it, when a computer failure (meters and yards were not the same thing, and why had it taken this long for someone to notice the problem?) had sent it off course. Many of the crew and passengers had made it out alive, in the amphibious landing vessels that were designed for any human-habitable landing site, and now they floated along, staring out at the endless sea.
Rostislav had rigged a sail – the solar panels pulled in enough electricity to power the motor, but they had better uses for that power, and the sail made use of free wind. Once he’d gotten their vessel done, nothing would do but he did the other three, the captain’s first, of course. Not that Captain Heinz should still be in charge, but the expedition leader had been one of the ten percent not to survive the crash. Rostislav still missed Zana, and their children, too young to understand, still asked where she was.
Jafa had figured out a rudder – her family had spent summers on the cape – and, by that knowledge, been named leader of their boat. They could steer, but the question became what were they steering for? No land had been seen in two long weeks. They were running out of rations, and people were grumbling about decanting the work-animal embryos just to eat them. They were running out of patience, and there was nothing to do to fix that. The fourth boat, the one lagging behind, was discussing cannibalism.
And still the sea and sky went on forever, as far as their instruments could gauge.
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