It’s time I wrote a sequel to ‘Morgan’s Choice’
I’m thinking it’s time I wrote a sequel to ‘Morgan’s Choice’. I’ve had that idea in mind from the very beginning and I’ve written a few scenes. I’ve stashed them somewhere, I’ll find them… Basically, Morgan’s going home. To get further than that, I need to know her current mindset and what better way to find that out, than by asking her?
Well, Morgan, you’ve been here in Manesai space for about a year. How does it feel?
Yeah, not bad. I’m used to it now. In a way, I feel much more useful here than I was back home. I’ve spent some time helping the Manesai techs improve their work and it’s nice to know I’m making a difference.
That’s work. How about your admiral?
(She rolls her eyes.) He’s not MY admiral.
Still in love?
(She rubs her nose, not comfortable) Yeah. But look, I’m not under any illusions, here. He’s rich, powerful, good looking. Trust me, the line starts on the right and snakes out the door down the corridor. Half the admirals in the Fleet are jostling for position, trying to get him to marry their daughter. I mean, what’s this love thing, anyway?
So he doesn’t love you?
I didn’t say that. He’s resisted the temptations, at least when I’m around, and he’s made it very clear he doesn’t consider himself available for the meat market. (She runs a hand through her hair) But let’s face it, I’m a weird-looking alien with a computer in my head. One of these days… (she frowns and looks away)
There’s talk about you going home. Is that serious?
Sure. I’ve started work on a new shift drive. (She becomes animated, her silver eyes sparkle) You’ll remember I ended up here because something happened to Curlew’s experimental shift drive? Well, essentially, the technology worked. I’ve mapped out the data I got from Artemis, tracking back its three thousand year voyage. Even though Artemis stopped many times along the way, we know humans and the Manesai are in the same galaxy but a long way apart. Curlew reached here in one huge jump that took a few days. I’m building a new version of the drive. First a virtual model so I can run tests. If that works, I’ll build a real model and see what happens when we send it through shift space. If that all succeeds we just follow Artemis’s route back to the Union.
And you’ll give all this information to the Manesai? Doesn’t that worry you?
Um… I’ve thought about it a lot. I think it’s the right thing to do. They deserve to know where they came from, learn their history. I doubt if they’re any real threat to humans. We’re still talking huge distances, there are plenty of worlds out here for the Manesai to expand so I can’t imagine any territorial ambitions. In fact, Artemis did some terra forming or something on her journey. I’d like to see what she did and if it worked.
Hmmm. Who will go with you?
Ravindra’s already told me he’s coming. (She grins) End of argument. He told the High Command he’d take leave, and he wants to bring his intel officer, Prasad. There’ll be a historian or archaeologist and a small team of specialists.
What will you do when you get there?
(She shrugs) Who knows? That’s a decision I’ll leave till later. (She stands) Thanks for the chat. Gotta go build a shift drive.
I grin. She hasn’t changed a bit. All those smarts, all that beauty and she still has that inferiority complex wrapped up in an invisible suit of armour. Oh, one more thing she hasn’t admitted – Ravindra has asked her to marry him but she’s refused. How about that?
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