Published September 16, 2011
Synopsis: Gattica Province died five years ago and sparked a war between the Earth Federation and the Epsilon Alliance. Cat Anders left E-Fed service after she learned the truth about the attacks on her home, defecting to the Alliance as a fighter pilot. She’s good at what she does, and she knows it.
When she’s assigned to the Iron Vipers commando squadron as their dropship pilot, she figures that her job just got easier: no more dogfights, no more wingmen, no more personnel reassignments to destroy squadron morale and fighting trim. All she needs to do is shuttle a commando squad from point A to point B while there’s a war on. It’s a cake assignment for a fighter pilot like her, a ‘reward’ for faithful service.
Life has a way of throwing curve balls when you’re not expecting them, and Cat’s about to catch one right in the stomach.
She’s not the only one who survived the death of Gattica Province after all…
Timeframe: Secession Wars, 2162
Group/units depicted: Epsilon Alliance, Iron Vipers commando squadron
Important locales: Demar
Narrator: Catherine Anders (Alliance military)
Publication type: Novelette (less than 15k words)
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