With both teams back on the boat, the Captain plots a course back home. The entire crew is somber with the destruction of everything they have ever known. While some members can cope with this enormous loss, others become ill-mannered with short tempers. Will hostilities between the crew taper off? Or will the tempers flare and result in a riot between the factions?


“What’s gotten into Cederic?” Annabelle asked.

Rylan glanced at the other team leader and shuddered under the man’s intense scrutiny. “I’m not sure, but it’s starting to bother me.”

“It is only starting to bother you?” Annabelle queried as she drew a card. “I would have adjusted that attitude of his by now if he’d turned it on me.”

The technician tapped the deck of cards. “Don’t you mean you would have gotten Darvan to adjust it?”

“Same thing,” Annabelle replied as she discarded. “Though Cederic isn’t the only one acting weird.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Have you seriously not noticed?”

Rylan ran his fingers through his hair and sighed, “I guess not.”

“The rest of Cederic’s team?”

“What about them?”




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