Friday, January 21, 2011

Red, Part 4 - Something Resembling Steel

"Fare-thee-well sweet prince," came Stevens' voice from every direction simultaneously. "Enjoy the Trip. You won't enjoy the destination I'm afraid". His habitual sneer seemed to be replaced by sadness at the end of his little speech..

Before I could think about that, however, the capsule accelerated like a bullet in the powerful magnetic field now surrounding it. The Red filling me turned to something resembling steel as it reinforced me internally and the capsule, in maglev mode, passed into a tunnel evacuated of air. Moving ballistically at 15,000 kph I let the Red massage my muscles. We may be built to withstand high accelerations but, unassisted, none of us could take the 750g I'd just been through. I was sore.
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