Aloha – Ryder’s younger sister Debbie exudes confidence in almost all settings. When Ryder and his friends are drafted or kidnapped, depending on your point of view, Debbie immediately wants to fly the interstellar craft. By the time they reach Demeter she has convinced the Captain to let her do exactly that. The following is excerpted from Chapter 7, Arion.
Ryder came to himself and moved on down the stairway. At the bottom, he turned and looked at the Pegasus and realized why they had lost their windows. The ship had reformed to a circular shape. “A flying saucer?” Ryder commented.
Cynthia came up and stood next to him. “It sure looks like a flying saucer, like they show on those UFO movies. Maybe this is where they got the idea from.”
“I wonder how big it is now?” Ryder asked.
About this time, Debbie came bouncing down the staircase. “It’s three stories high, and in saucer mode it can be as small as sixty feet wide. However, at the moment it is ninety-four feet in diameter to meet the minimum needs of its passengers, luggage, and cargo.”
“Great, now I have a walking encyclopedia for a sister. We’ll start calling you Debbipedia.”
“You can’t bother me today. I got to fly the Pegasus,” Debbie gushed. “In fact, Captain White has agreed to give me and Becky flying lessons as soon as we settle in.”
“Great! There goes our ride home. I hope they have a good body shop here,” Ryder responded.
As the lights began to flare in Debbie’s eyes, Cynthia interjected, “That’s wonderful news Debbie. I’m sure you’ll make a great pilot.”
This seemed to defuse the battle before it even began. Cynthia whispered to Ryder, “You could lighten up on her once in a while.”
“Sure,” Ryder replied. “Debbie, I’m sure you’ll be the best pilot in the class.”
Just then Rebecca joined them. “Oh, so you think I’ll stink as a pilot?”
Ryder just turned red and realized he was in a no-win situation.
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