Across the Void

Across the Void

Book Two of the Celestial Serenade

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It’s been ten years since the dragon appeared in the skies over Earth, driving humanity underground.

From beneath the ice in Antarctica, Gaia and her team scan the skies in search of the dragon’s masters or another advanced civilization willing to aid their struggle against the alien weapon. Gaia believes she may have located a perfect candidate, a savior that will answer her desperate summons.

But she only has one chance to send a message without drawing the dragon’s wrath, and her only proof this would-be savior exists is a series of vivid dreams she can’t dismiss.

It’s been ten thousand years since the Caltaran empire fled the ruin of their homeworld to start again among the stars.

Using cold sleep technology designed to traverse the empty distance between solar systems, Anten and Salis have survived the ages. Salis is still a lost soul, a mere shadow of his former self, and Anten has his own inescapable demons. Despite the protests of the Council and his old friends, some force drives him to relentlessly search the cosmos in the vein hope his late wife’s final prediction might yet be fulfilled.

The very last thing he expects is to receive a message from a woman bearing his dead wife’s face…

A thinning window of opportunity…
“The dragon just changed direction!” Shanice called as Gaia depressed the transmission button. “It’s headed straight for us!”

Gaia muttered a curse. We finally make contact with an alien civilization and we don’t have time to talk about anything! “If you wouldn’t mind making the journey, we’d be delighted to host you-”

“We need to shut that thing down, now,” Liam roared. “It’s moving fast. It’ll be here in minutes.”

“The shutdown sequence takes twenty-five minutes,” Shanice protested. “We don’t have time!”

“It’s no trouble,” Anten assured, apparently unaware of the frantic conversation taking place behind her. “We understand that communications will be limited, so we should establish a means by which to make our messages brief.”

“Where’s the goddamn plug?” Liam demanded, dropping to his knees to fumble with the wires closest to hand.

“Are you crazy?” Gaia hissed, missing the next part of the transmission. “You’ll fry the whole damn array!”

“…days from now, we will broadcast a message to your current location. If we do not receive an answer…”

“The alternative is death,” Liam retorted. “We can’t exactly save the world from beyond the grave.”

“…repeat the transmission…”

“He’s right,” Shanice admitted. “Fuck.” Her dark fingers closed around the appropriate cord and, before Gaia could do more than extend one hand in her direction, she yanked it free of the generator.

The array sputtered. Then it hissed. Then a shower of sparks issued from its interior, followed by a waft of grey smoke.

A sound boiled from Gaia’s throat, half-scream, half-sob. “What have you done?”

Sample Chapter:
Chapter 1 – Critical System Error