Today on Quantum Vibe: Sleepy time
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Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke Bieser
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Exterior view of the Transport Ship El-Kady, accelerating on ion drive, with Huoxing a very small disk in the background. The ship is roughly bullet-shaped, with six external pods arrayed around its wider section.
Caption: The Transport Ship El-Kady, two days out from Huoxing.
Cut to interior of the El-Kady -- a curved corridor lined with rounded-coffin-like pods, amidst a web a tubing. Lighting is low, just bright enough to see. The pods have little windows on the top -- sort of like the hibernation pods on the spaceship Discovery in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Closer shot of one of the pods. We see a lighted panel on the side identifying this as Seamus o'Murchadha's pod, and can barely make out Seamus' sleeping face through the window.
Moving along, we can see Nicole's face in the next pod, and beyond that, a cubby-hole in which a female figure sits.
Cut to the same corridor, but two days earlier. The lights are brighter. Seamus, Nicole, Buford and Murphy are approaching the now-open pods.
Caption: Two days earlier:
Seamus: I believe that one is Nicole's, this one is mine, and Buford's is across the corridor from Nicole's.
Nicole: Do we really have to travel this way?
Three-shot of Seamus, Nicole, Buford. Seamus looks a bit irritated, the two girls look abashed.
Seamus: The next cruise liner to Vesta does not depart for another 14 days.
Seamus: Our schedule cannot permit that delay, and besides we really ought to get clear of Huoxing as quickly as possible.
Seamus: Need I explain why?
Medium close-up on Nicole, looking embarrassed to admit her weakness.
Nicole: It's not that I expect luxury on every flight, but ... I've been having trouble with sleeping, since Luna.
Nicole: I ... I get nightmares sometimes, and I really don't want one I can't wake up from for 34 days.
Seamus lays a reassuring hand on Nicole's shoulder. Buford and Murphy look on sympathetically.
Seamus: I've done this many times -- the sleep is dreamless, I assure you.
Seamus: Now, let's get a move on. They must vacuum this section before departure.