Alaris. Episode Two: Struggle by M.J. Baker
Approx. 7,310 words.
Published on May 22, 2012.
The second episode of a series of short stories. The Alaris nebula is home to over a million people and is struggling under relentless pirate attacks. When a fighter squadron goes missing it's up to burnt out veteran Marack Nor and the rest of his squadron to discover the truth and live long enough to make it back home.