Saturday, December 29, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic (13)


We know that sometime within the first fifty years
on Witness
they gave up on guarding the planet 
against an enemy that wasn't ever going to show up

and simply joined the labor force.



















Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic (11)


Plumber/Pipe Fitter, Third Shift Maintenance at Erbestall Terminal
 
Witness, Kalizch Stars.
 
Sector 2-H, Windlass Cay.
Calendar approximate 004.8, M42.
Voyage of the Belknap, Year One Thirty-Three.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic (10)


Propellant Foreman, Light Gas Refueling Crew
 
Witness, Kalizch Stars.
 
Central Hub, Orbital Dock. St. Pilsner's Gate.
Calendar approximate 005, M42.
Voyage of the Belknap, Year One Thirty-Four.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 24, 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic (7)


At first, when they reached out to us

. . . these descendants

it wasn't clear where the conversation might begin.





















 

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic (6)


Tell me, would you turn from your own because their hearing changed? Or if they became sick in their lungs?

You wouldn't. You'd be compelled to offer assurances.
We find a way to accept.



















 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic (3)


Roughly five generations have passed, but perhaps
more importantly

something has transpired.


Low Watt Beam Operator (Second Class); unknown industry (or labor?) battalion. Witness, Kalizch Stars.
Near the suborbital transportation hub at Port Mikkel. 
Calendar approximate 002, M42.

Voyage of the Belknap, Year One Thirty-One.



















 

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic (2)


And then
in the first blush of the New Millennium

the descendants of the 68th were compelled to get in touch
with their families back home on Kalkovac


120 years after the regiment shipped out
for deployment to the Kalizch Stars.



















  

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Fate of the 68th Kinetic


It wasn't a narrative that we wished to remember
 so we'd forgotten about them

and their misguided deployment.

That's how these things go.


















 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Deployed to Witness (ix)


Nobody heard from the garrison
 nothing at all

 
 for a hundred and twenty years.



















 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Deployed to Witness (viii)


So the 68th Kinetic landed on Witness, and went about their duties
 (whatever those were)
 and they were promptly forgotten. Just left there.


They didn't send for resupply or refit
no status reports
or briefings
(maybe they didn't know how)
they just stayed there on that planet and went to work.
The whole regiment.