I’ll be posting occasional excerpts from my upcoming novel, MARS COLONY AGATHA: NIKKI RED, leading up to the Nov. 1 release. Here’s part of a scene featuring the return of Adam Upton and Thomas Harvey, both of whom played major roles in the first three books in the series and still have some key scenes in the new one despite most of the action taking place beyond Earth orbit …
CHAPTER 6: PARKING LOT REUNION
Sept. 15, 2022
Middlebrook, New Hampshire
Adam Upton was easy to spot walking out of Dunkin’ Donuts — a stocky young man in shorts, ice coffee in hand, with a prosthetic left foot putting a hitch in his gait.
Thomas surprised him before Adam opened his car door.
“Hey Upton,” he said, offering his hand.
“Holy shit! Lee?!” Adam shouted, using an old, loaded nickname to warmly greet his former friend, former shooting-plot accomplice, former enemy and former fellow South Pole winter-over experiment of The Bridge.
They shook hands and even half-hugged before Thomas eyed his bionic foot.
“How is it?” he asked Adam, who also lost two toes on his right foot to frostbite after getting stranded in a snowcat mishap near South Pole Station in August 2020.
“I’m sorta used to that one now,” he replied. “It’s still weird driving with three toes on the right foot. I always feel like I’m slamming on the brakes to make the damn thing stop.”
Thomas shook his head.
“You came back here?” Adam asked.
“I saw your liftoff fail on YouTube,” Adam said, taking a slug of coffee. “That was fucking sick.”
“It sucked hard … fucking tanked that thing in the North Sea.”
“Did you and Nikki get tossed around with that ejection … like rolling around on top of each other and shit?” asked Adam, bug-eyed with enthusiasm conversing with his old classmate from nearby Lakeview Regional High School.
“Yeah, we fucked each other in front of four foreign-speaking astronauts while we crashed down, dumbass,” Thomas deadpanned, cracking up Adam so much he nearly fumbled his coffee.
… to be continued
MARS COLONY AGATHA: NIKKI RED, coming 11-1-19