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It Should Be Working (Spacefarer - 2)

Tom breath caught as the words died in the subtle shuffles and winds of the ship, the now derelict ship.

"So… what do we do?"

The captain answered, "You all fix it or we die. It's as simple as that."

Drew addressed all of us, "About twenty, twenty-five minutes ago, the reactor just stopped. Sonya called me and tried the base restart procedure, and it wouldn't start. We don't know why, we don't know what's wrong. Then I called the captain I called all of you."

Scott asked, "Can we get any help? This doesn't sound good."

This time the captain spoke, "It'll take at least a week before any type of signal can reach Centauri station, and then they have to send out one of their emergency release vessels. The next closest dock is over a month away. We are on our own."

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Silence Heartbeat (Spacefarer - 1)

The cabin was dark, and Tom Garret was asleep. He was warmed and comforted by ever-present hum of the the ship. Even while the ship was on its long glide, her reactor let out a sinusoidal pulse, embracing the crew in a warm and steady heartbeat.

Spacefarers knew this sound and loved this sound. It brought the feeling of kinship with their vessel. It was the sound of security in a massive and empty void, of their bubble of safety in the millions of miles of emptiness between them and their destination.

So when the reactor developed a murmur, Tom stirred. It was subtle. It may be hard to notice one extra beat among the thousands. It was too easy for a conscious mind to ignore such a shift and simply dismiss the unevenness as a mistake in perception. But a sleeping mind can sour, and Tom's did. 

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