Enjoy another sneak peak into Star Runners: Dark Space! In today's scene, Josh Morris has just survived an attack from a mysterious force hunting him to the edge of known space. While traveling their next destination, Josh has a chance to speak with the deadly Douglas Foster who is on the same path (for much different reasons).
"What are you, a noble Star Runner, doing this for? You could have stayed safe and sound on your dark world, probably even avoided this the rest of your life.”
Josh grimaced at Foster’s tone. "They're my friends. I won't leave them if there's a chance."
A shadow fell over Foster's face, and he appeared to stare at a faraway place. "I had friends before. They caused me the same amount of trouble they're causing you. Couldn't find a place for such distractions in my line of work." He looked at the console for a heartbeat before turning back to Josh. "That can't be it, though. There's something more."
"Why do you say that?"
"Because you're driven, propelled by something more than just saving a friend." He cocked his head to the side. "What are you hoping to find out there?"
Josh swallowed, thinking for a long moment, the hum of the Lutimite Drive filling the room and vibrating his bare feet on the cold, polished deck. "Redemption, I suppose."
He interlocked his fingers and shrugged, avoiding Foster's peering eyes. "I don't know," he said, exhaling. “I took my best friend for granted, used to always put myself first even when Austin lost his dad. Guess I just want to help him, you know?”
“You’re risking your life going across the galaxy for a friend?”
“Never met someone worth it.” Foster snorted. “So that’s really the only reason?”
Josh put his hands behind his head and sighed. “Things happened to me out here, things you don't get over. My life back on Earth, well, the world I knew didn't fit me anymore. It might not make any sense, but I realize now there are things in life that, once seen, can't be unseen. There might not be any going back."
Josh looked at him. "What's that mean?"
Foster sighed, closing his eyes and turning toward the forward viewport. "You've killed and seen comrades die. Some people get over it, realizing there are times it's kill or be killed. Others ... don't. You've ended another person's life, and it's haunting you, so you're searching for answers—for meaning—in the void. Believe me, kid, you won't find it."
"My best friend's a Star Runner, too. Best in the Legion, some say. I know he's shot down other ships. Doesn't seem to bother him."
"You wish you were like that?"
His voice faded, and Josh could only nod.
"It bothers him," Foster whispered. "It bothers us all ... one way or the other."
Star Runners: Dark Space is the fifth book in Star Runners Universe and is now available for pre-order! It releases on August 3!