Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
CalvinPeat would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Drifting Through Space

By CalvinPeat

Drama / Scifi

Chapter 1

Space.

Serenity glides through the night.

Through a window onto the bridge. Mal stands alone. Wears his browncoat as usual.

Gazes around. Wanders the bridge, lightly touches the back of the chair, the controls, almost without thinking.

“Wash?”

Mal wanders around the ship aimlessly, calling out for each of his crew members in turn as he nears the expected area of the ship.

The kitchen. “Shepherd?”

The infirmary. “Doc?”

The corridor. “Zoe? I think I have a problem with my crew being missing.”

The engine room. “Kaylee oughta brighten things up, even on account of the crew bein' missin'. Kaylee?”

Another corridor. “River? Lil' albatross? Probably wanderin' the ship, tryin' to find where the crew's got to...”

He approaches Inara's shuttle. Prepares to enter, then stops. Knocks.

“'Nara?”

Mal gingerly steps through to Inara's shuttle. Looks around.

“The one time I knock...”

Mal re-enters the main ship. Heads to the corridor with the sleeping quarters.

“Jayne? Hate to say this, but...my days of missing you about the place are certainly coming to a...start.”

Mal continues wandering the ship, caressing it gently as he goes.

Sings softly to himself: “…you can’t take the sky from me…”

Then wakes with a start.

Runs into the corridor, yelling the names of his crew. “Wash! Zoe! Kaylee! River! Shepherd! Inara! Doc! Even Jayne!”

The noise wakes the crew, and they exit their cabins.

Jayne: (grumbling) “Was a good deal richer before I woke up...”

Simon: “Trouble sleeping, Captain?”

Inara: “No need to pass it on to the rest of us.”

River: “Back to sleep soon. Two by two, sheep by sheep...”

Kaylee: (rubbing her eyes) “Where'd the hamsters go? Hamster dreams is nice...”

Mal looks around at each of his crew in turn.

All present and correct, except...

Mal: “Shepherd?”

Zoe shakes her head.

Mal: “Wash?”

Zoe swallows.

Zoe: “They...they didn't make it, sir.”

Mal stares into the space in the corridor where he expects Wash and Book to be, trying to process the news.

Zoe gives him an awkward side-hug. Pats his back.

Zoe: “There...there. Sir.”

Kaylee: “Rest of us are shiny as can be, given the circumstances, Cap'n. Not to fret.”

The End.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, CalvinPeat
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

CookieMonster911: The story overall was an adventure that is appealing to any age. The way the characters develop adds a more human characteristic to the novel. The writing style itself is amazing because you can learn every character's thoughts and emotions. The awkward love triangle and jerk moments adds to the ...

brettylee: The narrative is slick yet punchy. Life, Family and Friends I believe is the core message so it’s easy to relate to. It’s surprisingly action packed. The author does a good job at keeping you guessing. Just when you think all is right, whack, the unexpected happens. The dialogue is energetic and ...

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

Sandra Estrada: I loved every minute of it and I thank my lucky stars that brought me to the story, it's been a whirlwind of emotions, plot twist after plot twist but I never got tired of them. Abby and Kade's story is a hard one to understand but once you're submerged in their story and love, you can't help but...

heavyreader: great scifi novels but needs a better spell checker (check auto-substitution level) and grammar checker!!! otherwise, ready for mass market publishing!!

jessiehs: This was absolutely amazing. I loved how it went back and forth between perspectives. I actually cried at the end I was so happy. This was amazing. I can't even think of another word to describe it. Thank you for writing his.

Karl12: This is a very unusual sci-fi mystery. I enjoyed the suspense which was present throughout the story. I loved how I never knew what to expect from the characters. This made the story thrilling and made me suspicious of everything and everyone. You have a great style of writing – one which captiva...

Isha Chaudhari: Amazing book ...the most beautiful part is the kind of relationship Carla has with Peter. However, the epilogue was the one that surprised me the Most....Carla getting married to Peter....when in the book her relationship is mostly discussed with Ridian.Was a bit confusing thus.Lovable book that ...

internathunal: I was held captive by your sense of style. I would love to see more from you. I enjoyed this immensely.

More Recommendations

jessiealexandrap: Truly loving the novel, each chapter presents itself greater than the one beforehand. I truly love the novel and give definate question to why it's not published of yet. The novel truly deserves great attention and all should read the beautiful story.

Jasmine Chow: As I read this story, I was reminded some what of Terry Pratchett, especially some descriptions of politics and economics. The sci-fic setting is quite intriguing. Writing style is quite lovely and grew on me slowly. I was also slightly reminded of Mark Twain, especially his book A Connecticut Ya...

Melissa Davis: Interesting book and an enjoyable read. Had something different to it, that made me glad I picked it up.