Deathwing (Warhammer 40,000) by David Pringle

By David Pringle

An anthology of brief tales set within the war-torn "Warhammer 40,000" universe of the forty first millennium - a land of grim myth, gothic sorcery, powerful warriors and dangerous event, continually threatened by means of the darkish Powers of Chaos.

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His neck was singing in agony now. It would have to be seen to before the next warp shift. Whatever protections Dea Brava might have, Solonaetz was always deeply relieved when they dropped back into real space, even if he never consciously admitted it. Sometimes, the things he saw out there were just too tempting. One sleeptime, he'd had a nightmare about the astronomican suddenly blipping away to nothingness, leaving him alone, without guidance, in a ship screaming blindly into entropy. He'd woken up sweating and pawing the air, his ultimate fear being that his dream self, despite «Deathwing» Edited by Marc Gascoigne & Andy Jones being terrified, had also enjoyed a wild exultation.

Graian fidgeted uncomfortably. 'I have to speak, Sol, as friend and commanding officer. ' Solonaetz looked at him again, his expression guarded. He wanted to say: what gives you the right to call yourself my friend, but vented his annoyance with other words. 'I am not an invalid, Graian! I wish you'd stop treating me like some half-fuddled, incapacitated veteran! Quite frankly, much more of this and I'll be forced to resign my position. I am quite over what happened. It has not made me vulnerable.

She shrugged. ' By the time he'd finished pouring out his life history to the girl, they had scant minutes to return to the rendezvous point with the others from the Brava. Solonaetz felt as giddy as an excited boy as they hurried through the streets; purged and renewed. He'd been waiting for someone with whom he could exorcise the past to come into his life, someone free from the drippings of «Deathwing» Edited by Marc Gascoigne & Andy Jones cloying pity. Whoever would have thought this young, quirky girl would be the one?

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