1. Starship Starbride (Chapter Three)


    Date: 6/29/2016, Categories: Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Author: BethanyFrasier, Source: LushStories

    The Captain slowly regained consciousness and realized she couldn’t breathe. Her body was pinned beneath something which was covering her face, suffocating her. She shifted position to free her arms, and instinctively struggled to get out from under whatever was crushing down on her. With a desperate shove, she extricated herself from beneath something warm, and gasped for a deep breath, feeling aches and pains all over her body as her lungs filled with air again. Shaking her head to clear her senses, Sally finally saw what it was she had been buried beneath. “Pen!" she shouted, as she saw the body of her voluptuous ship’s counselor roll off of her onto the deck beside her. Sally wondered how she had come to be pinned beneath her lover’s unconscious body and smothered beneath Penelope’s enormous breasts. She gently shook Pen by the shoulders, but she was still out cold. Sally stretched her aching muscles and climbed to her feet on wobbly legs. Staggering clumsily to her desk, she groped for her communications transceiver which she had taken off with her clothes before she and Pen had made love. “Computer: Lights !" she ordered. Her cabin was only dimly lit with the soft, indirect foot-lights around the perimeter of the floor, and by a red flashing emergency-alert indicator high up near the ceiling. She was not entirely clear-headed yet, and was still trying to recall what had happened. Apparently, the computer was not answering commands, and she manually switched on the ...
    lighting over her command console. The whole indicator panel was dark, showing the main power-grid was off-line, so she re-routed power from the reserve battery, which could supply local back-up energy to light up her monitors and pad-controls. Slowly, her display screen blinked to life and scrolled through incoming status read-outs. Half the systems on the ship appeared to be dead or limping along under their redundant back-ups. Main-power was out everywhere, and even the back-ups were fluctuating. Sally watched long enough to know the life-support system was operational on reserve power, and then checked on Pen. Her ship’s counselor was lying naked in the corner where they had both been thrown by the buffeting blast which had rocked the ship. Sally felt her pulse and listened to her breathing. Penelope appeared to have been merely knocked unconscious when they had hit the bulkhead and fallen to the floor on top of each other. Sally recalled the last moments before they had been hurled across her cabin, but she had no idea how long they had been unconscious. The main engines had undergone a control-systems failure and delivered a critical power-surge to the driver-coils, which reflected back through the ship’s plasma-grid, over-loading half the systems on the Starbride. Sally had roused Pen to disengage the main computer while she attempted to regain control manually, but the damage had been done. The main engines were rapidly building to detonation and Sally had to initiate a ...
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