Anne McCaffrey - Ship 4 - The City Who Fought

Bad that was one vessel that would be undocking with

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Bad. That was one vessel that would be undocking with extreme difficulty. She projected a schematic on the corridor wall and studied it as the information flowed in. More bad news, but at least she had a pic- ture. "General transmission," she said. "Lord Pol t'Veng, assuming command in the absence of Lord Belazir. Crews, report to nearest vessel. Those near the exterior, blow your way out of the pressure hull and EVA to the nearest vessel." Many of them would be suited, and emergency dingmasks N films that protected the face somewhat, with a miniaturized recycler N were standard issue. For that matter, Koinari could endure about four minutes of vacuum if trained and prepared. "We retreat?" someone asked, shocked. "No, fool!" she said. The speaker was an officer with an intact company ranged behind him. It was worth the time to answer as she might herself fall, in which 396 AnneMeCaffny&SJU. Stirling case he would need the information. "Look!" She downloaded her appraisal. "They fight to keep us here. We fight for fighting room. We have completed our mission." "I hear and obey, lord." & "You had better," she muttered to herself Now that the blockage had been cleared, more Kolnari were gathering in the cross-corridors. "We fight our way through to the axial corridor," she said. "You, Dittrek. Is that barricade still holding?"
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"Yes, lord. I do not have enough men to rush it again." "Blow through the access walls to either side of your position," she said. "Then blow through the connect- ing partitions and flank them. Quickly." "Lord." She turned to the others. "To the docksNfollow me!" "Now!" Gus muttered to himself. The computer did the actual release. The tug released its grapnel field and applied lateral thrust, just enough to swing him wide of the station itself. He removed his hands from the controls and slapped the main power switch; the safest thing to do, now. There were a lot of high-velocity debris around ... including the wrecks of the other tugs. He felt a curious peace, almost as if he could sleep. "Lord, we boost," the engine comm of Heart Crusher said. At the same moment, the weapons console gave a cry of fury. "Kinetic slugs inbound. Prepare for impact. Inner defense batteries on auto." "Full maneuver power. Boosting." Chindik t'Marid prayed silently to the platform joss, making reckless promises. The big vessel lurched and rending sounds echoed through the fabric of its hull as the jammed connectors tore out, THE CITY WHO FOUGHT 397 like roots parting in the earth. The most effective weapons were on the underside, and that was still pointed towards the SSS-900-C. There was nothing he could do, anyone could do, except the AI systems handling the close-in cjefense N something beyond
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even Kolnari reflexes. Sprays of trajectory crossed on the screens. Absently he noted the second to last attacking vessel taking a beam. An irrelevancy now, after the huge scatter of high-velocity projectiles had been loosed against bis command. The slew of dots diminished, as the beams swept, more and more with each second as the stubby disk turned its teeth toward the sky.
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