To say life is normal as a sweeper is a stretch. Yes, there are the normal sweeping set-ups and the normal sweeps. There is the normal times of scouting for garage to gather. There are the normal parts breaking every couple days, the normal fickleness and instability of the ship and the normal safety drills. There’s even your normal rescue mission. But to say that a sweeper life is normal? No. Because, though sweepers experiance this things they call normal often, no one else does. No one fears that the ship they pilot might lose auto-pilot or worse, break mid-flight.
These adverse conditions call for people to truly master their skill. Unfortunately, no one gets to truly show what kind of skill they have, for sweepers never stop being sweepers. Those planet-side have been told too much that they are unstable criminals.
Except Shad is going to break this rule. Shad knows he’s the best pilot in the galaxy and for good reason. He’s been flying main pilot since he was seventeen. But no one besides the fifty odd people on his ship really knows about him because he hasn’t competed to prove it to them. That is why he needs to race in the transgalactic race and to do that, he needs a ship. But on sweeper wages, how can he ever afford one? Until he rescues a man from the planets who sees just how good Shad really is and gives him the offer he always dreamed of.
That’s bad. I’m sorry. I can’t think of anything better.
Shad is the story of a sweeper pilot who wants to race in a transgalactic race, one of the hardest and most challenging races of all. As he explains it, if he wins, he gets a job planet-side and can leave the life of a sweeper once and for all. It’s his story of how he did his dream and raced in this race at least.
Shad is my first story that I completed well enough that I liked it. And in all honestly, I think it’s pretty decent. So hopefully, someday, I’ll be able to publish it. (Or, my daydreamy part of me is thinking that someday, people are going to do google searches for my story because I have this HUGE fanclub and they’ll find this too. That’d be very interesting. :) )