Viekki Falls to Earth is the first chapter of my second novel Panther Watches. In another form it is a story story in 2012: ETA:
Moments later the girls were gone. In the inky blackness the woman pictured the path to the next escape module. Her heart pounded. Hope pulsed through her veins. She listened, expecting the roar that would pull the air from her her lungs and empty it into the vacuum. There was only silence, then a whisper, or a rustle, not more than a mouse’s scurry.
The wheel spinning on the crashed cart, she thought. She rose to a racer’s crouch, her thighs tensing to propel her to the next chute.
Behind her came another rustle, this time, the clear sound of a decisive move. She burst forward, believing that the darkness hid her. Her legs chopped off two quick steps, before the plasma hit her, drilling a two inch hole through her back and out her stomach.
Her abdomen on fire and her cheek flat on the cold metal floor, she pumped her legs, rotating her body in a slow, jerking circle that painted the floor with her blood. A beam of light clicked on and slithered over her. It shifted and twisted, then it drained to a darker and darker sepia until her eyes went blank.
“Pity you couldn’t come with me. We could have played on the way down.”
The voice distorted as if echoing through a long pipe. Still she recognized it.
The footsteps faded away. Her body shivering in shock, she forced her hand into her belly and brought it out soaked in blood. She pushed her fingers together like a pen point and scrawled a symbol onto the landing floor. A warning, to whom she didn’t know. She reached again for more blood to make it clearer. Like an angel, the roar of the vacuum came and emptied her lungs, carrying her soul with it into the abyss of space.