Sender part 4
Author: Jason Arnett
Title: Sender part 4 of 4
Genre: Science Fiction
Frequency: Weekly on Wednesdays
He opened his eyes and looked down. Three hundred feet below him was the tarmac obscured by blasts of steam escaping the structure of the launch pad. He teetered forward and nearly dropped the package he’d finally retrieved. Armstrong Story stepped backward and caught his breath, before turning and running for the stairs that would take him down to ground level.
He made the fourth turn going down.
“Stop!” He didn’t. Looking up would surely have made it more easy for her to catch him, which she might do anyway. It had been a long time since he’d had to run. Huffing and puffing as he barreled down the metal steps he tried to work out how he was going to cover the three miles from the launch pad to the spaceport’s terminal. Taking steps three at a time and cursing his knees for the shocks of pain shooting up them, he spared a glance toward the terminal and saw a scissor bus that was bringing the passengers for the Lenzbat Jacob Kurtzberg.
He heard metal thuds above him as the lady thief who he’d once counted a friend jumped down the stairwells from landing to landing. “Armstrong! Stop!”