Sacrifices must be made.
On a desert planet, all citizens must cooperate to survive. The scientific organization, Pallagen, protects the colony city of Exordia–whether they want it or not.
Rebels must be broken.
Ex-Pallagen researcher Lena Ward isn’t going down without a fight. Her team of Exordia rejects is ready to pierce Pallagen’s benevolent exterior and expose the truth of their horrible agenda.
Loyalty must be programmed.
Amnesiac Alex Kleric is reclaiming her life as an Enforcer dedicated to Exordia and Pallagen. But the records aren’t jogging her memories. Something is wrong–and all questions point to Lena Ward and her underground rebellion.
Progress must continue.
To save Exordia. At any cost.
Introducing a new sci-fi novel from Uncommon Universes Press! Excited about this one! 😀
The glass-fronted entrance had a row of automatic doors. They didn’t open when Lena and Brant approached as they would have during business hours, but Lena pulled the handle of one and it swung open easily.
She paused, door held open. There were answers inside this lab, but also risk. She didn’t know what Pallagen was hiding or what she would do when she found out, but once she walked through this door, she couldn’t walk away. Pallagen would see her intrusion as a declaration of war, and she would have no choice but to fight them or die trying.
She looked up at the building, twilight glinting off the glass, to where Dani—wounded, angry—was perched. She glanced at Brant, who’d had a girlfriend before Pallagen stole that from him. She wasn’t just facing down Pallagen because of what they’d done with her research. This was about what they’d taken from the people around her. Some of her nerves faded. She licked her lips and turned to Brant.
“Are you ready?”
Brant unzipped his jacket, revealing the armored vest he was wearing beneath it. He pulled a dark scarf over the lower half of his face and nodded. Lena pulled the door open wider and walked through the entrance.
There were three guards wearing Pallagen gray in the reception area: one behind the desk monitoring cameras, and two lounging on comfortable-looking chairs, facing away from the windows. They snapped to attention at Lena’s entrance, completely surprised at their approach, thanks to Dani’s control of the cameras.
“Good evening, gentlemen,” Lena said, smiling, hands in the pockets of her overdramatic coat. Brant stood behind her, slightly to her right. He had his blaster out, both hands wrapped around the grip and aimed at the guards. Set to stun, Lena hoped. They were only here for information.
Before the guards had time to draw their weapons, Brant stunned the two by the chairs, the blue light of the stunner bright in the dim office. He was quick and accurate. Lena nodded in approval.
Behind the desk, the third guard, young and wide-eyed, raised his hands. “Revelator! Who are you?”
“Should we tell him?” Brant’s voice was muffled by the scarf. “Or should we take the wise path of criminals everywhere and remain anonymous?”
Lena resisted the urge to roll her eyes. “Stun him. We have a job to do.”
The guard’s face twisted in panic before Brant stunned him. Blue light washed over him, and his eyes rolled back into his head as he slumped in his chair.
Brant pulled the scarf down and smiled. “See? This isn’t so hard.”
Lena huffed. “Don’t get too cocky. This is the reception area. There will be other guards back in the labs.” Still, she felt some of the tension across her shoulders release at their successful entry. “Besides, we had the element of surprise on our side. Pallagen wasn’t expecting us. They’ll be ready next time.”
(Isn’t she cute? 🙂 )
Sarah E. Ott lives and breathes stories that involve high stakes and character-driven plots. When she’s not chasing plot bunnies or emoting over good literature, she can be found doing one of the following things: a) working as a kids ministry office administrator, b) driving her Prius to Dunkin’ Donuts, or c) curled up on a couch with a book and covered in live cats.
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