the smuggler’s bible

Juliet

Juliet triggers the interrupt—haywire. The severance is a jarring wash of color and sound. Waves crashing in the distance against a kaleidoscoping horizon, the sim’s final efforts to make sense of truncated signals. For a moment, Rumble’s voice is in her ear. Whether it’s really him or the construct, she can’t be sure.

“And what about me?”

“I guess I don’t know how to answer that.”

“I understand. Well, at least something is happening, even if it’s the end.” the voice says, fading into static. “That’s life.”

When she opens her eyes, there is a message from Huron waiting.