The restless one has returned. Taryn laughs with her cousin’s former apprentices, swings her kit-bag to one shoulder, greets one and all as she walks down the Heart-Ring corridor with the swagger-and-sway, the bouncing steps, of someone who’s used to shifting between different levels of gravity. Her body experiments: how far will one push from hip to ball of foot launch her center of mass?
She reaches the doorway of her quarters, swings the kit-bag inside, palms the door closed and then continues to Maia’s family quarters by hand-holds, swinging and flexing from one ceiling-handle to another. Like all low-gravity crew, she’s vigilant to keep up her strength, grabs every opportunity to make her muscles and bones work against resistance.
It’s a habit, unconscious, as much ingrained as dancers’ constant stretching, even at rest.
I’ve watched that one, as I’ve watched all of them, grow from infancy. Just short of half a century she’s been with me, so seems still a child.
The narrator is Naime the Shipwright. From character interviews for the Ship’s Heart universe.
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I really enjoy the voice you use when Naime is narrating. The things Naime notices give such a strong sense of ‘otherness’. As always, a brilliant piece. Thank you for sharing
I agree with Kin, great voice, and another terrific snippet!
Great 8! Wish I could move like that.
I loved all the details about how someone used to low or no gravity would unconsciously move in various situations. Such subtle things make all the difference in world building. Another excellent excerpt!