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Not a Drill

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Dave woke abruptly to the braying of the general alarm, cursing as he rolled out of bed and started pulling on the survival suit. 0600. That figured. Everyone but the two cadets would be doing their shift handovers on the bridge. The cadets worked midday to midnight to give both shifts of watch officers a chance to instruct or persecute them, depending on mood.

The alarm was still going, strident and deafening. No announcement yet of what the drill was about. He picked up his helmet and gloves and opened the door only to find himself smashed into the opposite wall, the corridor groaning and flexing around him, the alarm changing to the high pitched warbling of the depressurisation alarm. His ears stabbed with pain before the lockdowns slammed shut at each end of the corridor, sealing him in. The alarm cut abruptly. The ever present hum of the ship died away, leaving a pulsing silence as his battered ears recovered. Most of the lights flickered off. Reactor shutdown. Emergency power. Not good at all.

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