Sojourn: Destined for Greatness…or the Brig.
Being the newest recruit on an outbound space ship is never easy. Sojourn is sick and tired of the tricks the other guys play on him. And they’ve been pulling this crap for over a year now. At first, he was in the brig every day.
The jerks, especially Old Man Thomas and Charles, knew exactly what to say to piss him off. When they saw a picture of his mother Saran, the guys started sharing all the things they’d like to do her. Naturally, his fist shared how much that pissed him off.
They also insisted she wasn’t his mother since he appears to be older than her. No, he just bought a pretty hooker to pretend to be his mother so he could pretend to be her baby. And again, his fist would fly.
He’s lost count of the number of lectures Captain Longfellow has given him, first with stern but kind words. When that didn’t stop the fights, the captain resorted to bellowing at the top of his voice. That hasn’t worked either…
When he joined the Outbound service, Sojourn was certain he was destined for greatness and would soon be a captain himself. Instead, he remains at the bottom of the rung, a lowly ensign. Everybody on the ship outranks him, even stupid Charles.
He considers himself lucky to some degree, since he hasn’t been dropped off at a Space Station. Normally, Captain Longfellow will promote or fire an ensign after six months. For the last half year, every time Sojourn has received a call to the bridge, he’s entered hoping his promotion time had finally come. And every time he has been sent to the brig.
Everyone keeps treating him like he was born a year ago, which is technically true. But he was born with all the memories of all three of his parents and the Sargon bull named Blue and aged to 20+ years so he could be of use to Captain Longfellow.
But instead of treating him like the man he is, Captain Longfellow sees him as an immature, smart-alecky, overgrown child. And no matter what he does, he can’t break free of his new recruit stigma.
An alien species is removing human colonies from planets, but to where, no one knows. Sojourn, along with the Emperor’s daughter and their crew, must find this unknown species and negotiate a treaty before the Empire’s army declares war on all non-human races.
Those who do not follow the Path of Light would prefer to kill all the non-human sentient beings before they are even aware they are under attack.
Matters turn bleak for the Path of Light when Sojourn’s ship crash-lands on Terranue before their journey even begins.
“Ensign Sojourn on the bridge, sir.” Maybe the captain was going to promote him for the great job he’d done gathering the animals. He wanted that to be the reason he’d been called, but the last twenty-seven times he’d held such hope, it had ended with him being called down for one stupid thing or another. Most ensigns were promoted up or fired within their first six months. An outbound ship had no room for slackers. He’d been an ensign for a year now. Maybe his time had finally come.
Longfellow sat before an ugly bank of outdated monitors. Upon hearing Sojourn, he turned his swivel chair and glared at him.
“Is it your goal to be the oldest ensign in outbound history?”
All hope for a promotion shriveled and died. “No, but it seems to be my destiny. What have I done now?”
By the fire in Longfellow’s eyes, he wished he could take back his words that had clearly pissed off his captain further.
“Do not take that tone with me, Ensign. I am your captain!”
If he didn’t defuse this situation soon, he’d be sleeping in the brig tonight. “I’m sorry, sir. However, I really have no idea what I’ve done. I’ve been trying to watch my mouth and stay out of trouble. The moment I get off duty, I head for the simulation room. If someone is accusing me of something, I’d sure like to know what, because to my way of thinking, I’ve been a saint.”
His declaration seemed to agitate Longfellow even further. “Someone has complained, and it concerns the simulation which you have spent all your free time enjoying.”
A faint groan escaped him. Gods! The man knew about the special simulation someone had buried under the title Historical Assessment of Plant Life on Earth. It also meant a certain ghost had blabbed her stupid mouth. Damn Cass! Hot one moment and cold the next. No one could tell him she hadn’t enjoyed those simulations as much as he. So why the hell would she bring it to Longfellow’s attention? “You never said it was off limits‒”
5 to the brig
Cass reappeared behind Longfellow, her eyes once again pleading silence.
Sojourn glared at her. She had never once asked him to stop using the program. She’d lied, and now expected him to take her punishment.
He sighed. “Why can’t you just have the computer restrict access to that program?”
Longfellow looked ready to explode in fury. “It was restricted, but you somehow got around those gates, so you are banned from the system entirely until I can hire a better geek.”
Before Sojourn talked himself into a night in the brig, he backed off. “All right.”
“All right?” Longfellow bellowed. “Do you think I’m asking your permission to punish you? No simulation time and two nights in the brig, Ensign.”
Sojourn snapped to and saluted him, hoping that wouldn’t cost him a third night in the brig. Sometimes the captain misinterpreted his desire to behave like a normal crewman as sarcasm.
“Three nights,” Longfellow declared.
Sojourn stood at attention, afraid to blink an eye. The captain had planned to let him leave with a scolding, but somehow he’d managed to bungle his way into three nights in the brig.
At least Cass, standing behind the captain, had the decency to look upset by all this trouble she’d caused.
“To the brig, Ensign!”
Sojourn ran from the room before he received four nights.
Book 4 : Surviving Sojourn
Book 3: Surviving Terranue
Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
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Liza is a multiple genre author of 17 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series. A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015. In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey
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