He felt the first twinge of panic creep up his spine. Nate slowly spread
his arms out from his body in supplication. "Jude," he said, softly.
"C'mon, pal. If I drift out another few feet, I'll start to slip away
Jude just stared at him and made no move to help. Nate slowly drifted
another foot from the ship.
Something was really wrong, here, he decided and it went deeper than just
his tether coming loose. "Jude," he said again, quietly, not wanting to
spook his only chance of survival. "Are you going to help me, or not?"
He could still see his partner's face through the view plate of his suit
and watched in horror as Jude slowly shook his head in answer to the
Nate was now far enough away from the 'Orion' that he could see the ship
just barely moving along without him. Jude was already beginning to
recede from his free-floating position, but Nate thought he could see the
other's mouth moving, although he couldn't hear him. Jude must have
switched over to the ship-com link. Maybe he was trying to get a rescue
party together, Nate thought desperately, letting the crew know that he
was drifting away.
They had better hurry, he realized, as the ship was now visibly moving
past him. A viewing port slid slowly by and Nate was surprised to see
Marie looking through the thick window at him.
"Marie," he shouted and stupidly raised his arm, causing his body to
begin slowly spinning. "Damn," he muttered, trying to turn his head
around so he could see the port, again. Of course, he would have had to
turn the entire suit, not just his head, which he could not do in zero
gravity, so he had to wait helplessly, until his body rotated around to
face the ship, once again. By the time it did, the viewing port had
already moved somewhat past his position, but he could still see Marie,
leaning over so she could look back at him. His hopes of rescue were
finally dashed, however, when he saw her give him a sad wave and then
move away from the port.
"What the hell?" he said, as he rotated away from the ship, again. By
then, he was far enough from her that she was moving away quite rapidly
and within a relatively short time, the 'Orion Rising' was a mere speck
of light, totally lost amid a million others and Nate was alone.