She’s a Supertech, bioengineered from birth, fresh out of the Academy and tasked with designing a control system for an experimental fighter. Morgan’s up for the challenge but there’s more to the job than meets the eye. The Fleet invested in her education but did they train her for … this?
Ensign Morgan Selwood was almost too good at her job and far too casual about Fleet rules and regulations. Tasked with designing a control system for an untested attack fighter seemed like a dream come true and a real career booster. But the specs and modules tell only part of the story—what Morgan discovers can put not just her career, but lives at risk.
Morgan was placed on the backwater maintenance base facility Gens Brasna to conduct routine checkouts and calibrations on fleet vessels. Her Commander calls her in one day with a new assignment – to develop the control system for a new fighter. On closer inspection, the new fighter isn’t all it seems. The main question is: what is Morgan going to do about what she uncovers?
I absolutely loved this short story, and it definitely left me hankering for more of van der Rol’s writing, which is vivid and enthralling. She had me right there with Morgan, feeling her frustrations and anxieties. A fabulous quick read.