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Chapter 2 - I used to Dream[]

Ian Drang, Kowloon
Kowloon System
May 1, 3085


It's fall in Ia Drang.  First snowfall, it's going to be a deep winter, this year winter's hitting at the furthest point in the planetary orbit, with the suns lined up so only light from one of them reaches us in a 30 hour rotation period.


Amanda used to joke about how all our earth-time clocks and calendars were worthless.


They are.


Sibko training made up for most of the Coast Guard basic credits, and that meant I could hit the books extra hard.  You need to understand, we're not identical, we didn't get the same package of talents from our parents, and Dad wanted his son to be a warrior first.  That means remedial education for me.


Science and Math.  I have to hit it harder still, because my sister was a genius.


I'm not.  The stuff she grasped when we were kids, I have to work my ass off to get.  KF theory, differential 5th dimensional calculus, exotic numbers, hyperspatial theory?


I'm having to bust my ass on it, studying and hassling everyone from fellow students to profs to anyone I can find to get this stuff explained to me.


Amanda just locked on it.  I mean, yes, I passed the first apprentice exam-by 'passed' I mean, at the bottom of the stack of applicants.


Literally the bottom.  Last place.  The dummy in the room is me.


My sister set records on hers.


I don't even know why I decided to do this...


except...


I have this idea, and I won't let it go.


We don't know she died.  We can't find out in a hurry, either...


but I think I'd feel it, somehow, if she was really gone, and nobody else is trying, so someone needs to.  Uncle Henry spent most a ****** decade written off as dead after Blackjack...and I don't feel like she's dead.


I need to know.



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