The Girls From Alcyone

By Cary Caffrey


Sigrid stood within the middle of what had as soon as been the Academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained have been the blistered and collapsed remnants of the college and dormitories. Smoke nonetheless wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and particles. The stench was once uncooked and acrid, threatening to crush her sensors.

"There's no method Independents did this," Christian acknowledged. "It seems like a complete battalion landed here."

Frantic, Sigrid scanned the world back, looking out desperately for indicators of the women, yet not anything became up in her sensory modes. She attempted calling out along with her comlink. in the event that they have been in variety, they would decide up the sign. yet there has been nonetheless not anything. no longer even the orbital satellites confirmed any signal of the women, or survivors for that subject. Whoever had performed this were brutal and thorough.

Sigrid knew she may kill them.


Sigrid and Suko are ladies from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of twenty fourth century Earth. bought into slavery to save lots of their households from financial disaster, the women are compelled to reside out their lives in provider to the Kimura company, a prestigious mercenary extended family with a lineage stretching again lengthy earlier than the formation of the Federated organisations.

Known basically to Kimura, the 2 women percentage startling secret—a infrequent genetic constitution now not present in millions of alternative girls.

But whilst their mystery turns into recognized, Sigrid and Suko fast locate themselves on the heart of a fight for strength. Now, hunted through males who may search to manage them, Sigrid and Suko are pressured to struggle for his or her personal survival, and for the liberty of the ladies from Alcyone.

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The thunder of the high-powered slugs used to be deafening; of the warriors stumbled and collapsed because the armor-piercing rounds ripped throughout the plating on their chests, bursting throughout the layers of composite fabric into the smooth flesh beneath. She neglected the final one and used to be pressured to dive apart into an open suite. Explosive rounds pierced the air, monitoring dangerously as regards to her personal head. Sigrid touched the part of her ear and her hand got here again a bloodied mess. The man—the Mech—she wasn't convinced what to name it—was on her immediately. She could not think such bulk may well circulation so speedily and gracefully. His large body without notice silhouetted within the doorway, and he or she fired, huge, as he leapt ahead, crushing her together with his monstrous weight and knocking the wind thoroughly out of her. Sigrid attempted to elevate her weapons, yet robust fingers, aided via a few type of servo process, pinned her again simply. the burden on her chest was once an excessive amount of. Sigrid could not breathe. Her weapons have been nonetheless in her arms, yet even attempting with all her energy she could not combat her palms or arms freed from his grip. She fought for breath, already commencing to consider the blackness coming. If she did not separate from within the following few seconds she knew it'd be over. The gun in her left hand used to be pointed on the glassed-in viewport at the suite's wall. Sigrid fired. The explosion and howling rush of air used to be deafening. Alarms sounded everywhere in the carry, however the vacuum lifted her assailant off her, pulling him speedy towards the hole and out into area. He grabbed the body of the window and clung precariously to the sting. Sigrid was once additionally carried around the room; her PCM had already logged each attainable handhold, and she or he opted for the leg of the desk within the middle of the room; she may perhaps merely wish that the bolts held the place it used to be mounted to the ground. The armor her attacker wore should have been pressurized; he was once already clawing his long ago within. A drawer from one of many dressers flew around the room and smacked into his helmet, yet he nonetheless controlled to hold on with one gloved-hand. Sigrid reduced her pistol and fired; the armor-piercing around shattered his faceplate, and he cart-wheeled freely, eventually, out into house. Firing on the window have been an act of desperation, and Sigrid's drawback hadn't precisely more advantageous. The freezing chilly of house pervaded her bones, simply because the torrent of air from the Lift's environmental structures threatened to blast her out into oblivion. She used to be simply meters from the entrance and security, yet attaining it used to be like hiking up a waterfall. for all time, she needed to stay clear of the particles that was once tumbling by means of her from the hall past. With the final of her energy, Sigrid lunged for the doorframe and heaved herself out, sliding it closed in the back of her and sealing it close. The surprising silence crammed her ears, and he or she shivered; she was once blue with chilly. Her uniform was once torn the place the mechanized palms had held her, and she or he used to be bruised and bloodied. She had an extended laceration on her correct arm; she could not even have in mind how she'd gotten it, yet she was once alive.

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