Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Drabble: Survival Instinct

Survival Instinct

Newer starliners don’t even have lifeboats. It’s not a cost-saver or anything; it’s a matter of mercy.

Oh, a boat can make the trip. The Kauffman drive is eminently scalable. It’s not a long trip, or comfortable. But still, there’s no physiological reason a passenger couldn’t survive it.

But we’re social creatures – not meant to cross interstellar distances alone, or even in twos or threes. First few lifeboats came back on auto, bearing remains of grisly murders and suicides, and they stopped building lifeboats.

Yet, I still climbed in here when the Pegasus went down. Isn’t instinct a bitch?

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