|Mortal Gods: “HVT” Cover Art.|
© Paul Hair, 2017.
Note: This story takes place after the events of, “Like Hail and Fire, Mixed with Blood,” in the book, Mortal Gods: Ignition.
He didn’t hesitate for more than a second before diving forward into the expanse. He flew straight down towards his ground target.
It was familiar and odd at the same time. Flying didn’t feel much different. Yet at the same time, he was in space and could see the blackness of it along with the curvature of the earth. He took the time to notice it all.
Then the atmosphere started to thicken, and it began buffeting him. His spacesuit was designed to withstand excess heat. Even still, Adam started feeling it. However, he was able to control the speed of his dive. That, combined with his perpendicular trajectory to the earth, enabled him to minimize friction and its effects on him.
The HUD in his helmet worked exactly as it was designed to do. It noted precisely where he needed to navigate by giving him the ground coordinates numerically and by way of a small, red dot on it that represented his LZ. When that red dot aligned with the crosshairs in the center of his HUD, he was on target; when it didn’t, he was off target.
Central African Republic stood out from the northern part of Africa. Its green, forested landscape contrasted with the brown deserts to the north of it. The greenery grew richer and larger as Adam flew closer and closer to the ground.
He was quite close to the ground before he could visually see the clearing Cissé and his band of terrorists had made for their small safe haven. . . .