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Honest Work (1 of 4)

April 7, 2010

Author: Jason Arnett
Title: Honest Work (part 1 of 4)
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: pg-17
Frequency: every Wednesday


The Terran space station Norrin Radd at Lagrange point 5 behind the dwarf planet Ceres was a way station to the rest of the System G2-10+Roman and beyond. With nearly one hundred thousand residents and another one hundred thousand military and scientific personnel on board, the Norrin Radd was the biggest, busiest space station in the System. Three levels turning like bicycle wheels around a quarter mile-wide spoke, generating enough gravity to walk in. The permanent residents in the middle wheel adapted quickly and it was easy to tell who was a tourist and who wasn’t.

“I saw something,” Diana Welles said. The conference room she was in was comfortably large by station standards, with six seats at the table.

“And what did you see?” The Inquisitor sat across the conference table from her and her Attorney. The judge sat at the head of the table and a court reporter was taking notes on a tablet computer in the corner.

“It was an — an apparition. Vaguely humanoid in shape, made of smoke or steam,” Diana said, her Witness robes seeming heavy on her shoulders. “It wasn’t a foglet.”

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