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Kindred Soldiers

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37 página
36 minutos
Publicado:
Jul 24, 2011
ISBN:
9781465861849
Formato:
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A short story by John A. Ferguson

In war there are no real heroes, just men and women fighting for survival.

Garret Kayne is a young Foot Soldier returning from a mission behind enemy lines. On his journey home his transport ship encounters an enemy vessel lost in Earth Controlled space.

Although tired and exhausted Garret is forced to investigate the mystery of this ghost ship.

Kindred Soldier is a short story set in the future where Earth is locked in a conflict against an alien race called the Seridians. As Garret explores the enemy ship he starts to encounter things which make very little sense and soon he realises he faces an opponent who is every bit is equal.

A note from the author:

'Kindred Soldiers' was been based on a character I had been developing for a novel. The novel will eventually explore the relationship between Earth and the aliens called Seridians in far greater detail. As I started to work on the plot and characters, I realised that there was a vast potential story that could be explored. I had to start creating a history of the Earth from the point of view of a far distant future. The novel I am working on at the moment features an older Garret Kayne. However, as I started to explore some of the flaws in the nature of this man I realised I had to start to make a very credible back-story to allow myself to understand him better. This short story forms a small but important part in his own background and character development.

Please enjoy and all feedback is welcomed and encouraged.

Publicado:
Jul 24, 2011
ISBN:
9781465861849
Formato:
Libro

Sobre el autor

I grew up in Coatbridge, Scotland, and after my six years at High School I attended Glasgow University studying Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry. Having graduated with an M.Sci (Hons) degree, I continued my studies and gained my teaching qualification. As a newly qualified teacher I returned to my hometown and taught Chemistry in one of the local high schools. With a proven track record in teaching I was accepted as a full member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and entitled to use the designatory Letters 'MRSC'. During my time at University I met the woman who I would later marry. After the wedding I moved away from Coatbridge and now live, with my wife, in the West End of Glasgow. Although I have dabbled in short stories my first main work of fiction started in my sixth year of high school. It was an ambitious project and at that time I lacked the skill to see it through to completion. About a year later I returned to the project. I used the work, which I had already completed, as a back story to my first Novel - Star Fantasy: The Voice of Darkness. Between novels I write screenplays, comic scripts and short stories. So the Saga continues...

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Kindred Soldiers - John A. Ferguson

Kindred Soldiers

A short story by

John A. Ferguson

Published by John A. Ferguson at Smashwords.

Copyright © 2011 by John A. Ferguson

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, write to the author, addressed Attention: Permissions, at the email address below.

John A. Ferguson

johnanthonyferguson@gmail.com

www.johnaferguson.co.uk

The internal cabin of the troop transport was dully lit from the illumination panels. The cabin provided room for eight soldiers; it had been full when it started its mission but now Garret sat alone. He had no one to talk to, no one to offload the emotional baggage he had gathered from the horrors he had seen, or the atrocities he had committed himself. The door between cabin and cockpit remained locked. It was a typical procedure during troop transportation. Most Foot Soldiers had no wish to interact with others outside of their own circle during these stressful events. However, Garret was growing tired of the enforced solitude created by the death of his comrades. He had arrived with seven other members of a Special Forces Unit, but he was the only one who had not fallen under enemy fire.

His combat uniform was covered head to toe with blue Seridian blood, although the lighting made it hard for him to realise just how drenched it actually was. He had picked up one or two bad habits during his military service; he took his trench knife and continuously wiped the blade on his upper arms. Occasionally, he would cut through the material of his uniform. At times, if left unchecked, the blade would make it through to his flesh. The limited few within his circle of trust were able to stop the subconscious routine before any physical harm was done, but none of them were here now. He continued the motion, the material of his combat uniform starting to erode; his conscious mind unaware of how close he was getting to his skin. His eyes were vacant and what ever part of his soul had remained until his adult life, had now escaped through his empty gaze. He was lost in a dream. The cognitive function of his brain processed images and afterthoughts of the hell he had just escaped; a hell that in part, he had helped to create.

Garret finally broke the trance as he detected a notable change in tone of the transport's engines. The oscillation of the sound pitch was enough to distract him. He broke the blade's dance just in time as it was now within millimetres of his flesh. He now suspected the ship had disengaged from its faster than

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