I’ve been trying to think up a good way of indicating when one of these Story Time posts is set in the Chronoverse. I also want to make sure you know how each story relates to the others within the Chronoverse timeline. I think the best option is to just tell you all that up front.
Today’s episode of Story Time is set in the Chronoverse, almost 14 billion years after the previous story. By Earth calendar reckoning, it’s the 44th Century, the age of galactic imperialism. Without further ado, allow me to introduce:
The Kenzie Twins: Pilots of the Star Force
It goes against regulations, I know. We don’t assign family to the same ship or even the same squadron. Too many attachments, too much emotional baggage. It complicates the chain of command, it can cloud an officer’s judgment, etc, etc. I get it.
But I made an exception. These two aren’t just family; they’re sisters. And they’re not just sisters; they’re twins. There’s a strange connection between them. It’s not telepathy. I had the medics test for that. No, they simply—it’s hard to explain. They simply understand each other. It’s like they’re of the same mind, two parts of a single whole. I’ve never seen a pilot/co-pilot team like them. Maybe that’s to be expected of two people who’ve known each other since the womb.
Listen to their comm chatter and you’ll see what I mean. They communicate lightspeed fast. It’s hardly words. It’s not even battle code. One of them will give a yelp, or a grunt, or a sigh, and the other instantly knows what to do.
And, well, yes… the two of them do have a reputation for insubordination. Minor insubordination, I assure you. A few adolescent pranks against their fellow cadets; nothing more serious than that. As I said, it’s like the two of them are of the same mind. It’s true when they’re in flight, or when they’re in the simulator, and maybe when one of them’s feeling a little impish, they’re of the same mind about that too.
So yes, it was against regulations, but I authorized those two to train together and run the combat simulator together and take all their flight tests together. And now, even though this is also against regulations, I’m recommending that you assign them to the same squadron, the same ship. Demote me if you like, or lock me up in the brig if you think that’s necessary. But if you send the Kenzie twins to the front lines, if you put them together in the pilot seats of a star fighter, I promise you the Hykonian Hegemony won’t know what hit them.