SF Drabble #268 “Ramship #22”

The launch from Jupiter went off without a hitch: we emerged from the end of the accelerator rails with exactly the right course and speed, no degaussing necessary. The boosters lit and extinguished right on schedule. In a week we’ll be passing the sun, using its gravitational pull to add even more speed before finally heading into interstellar space.

The passengers were in cold-sleep before we launched, and the rest of the crew went down after the burn: only Peaches and I are needed for the Solar approach. We’ve been playing poker in the meantime. She already owes me $250.

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