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.

6 responses »

  1. dtkrippene says:

    It’s a well researched concept – some identical twins have a knowing bond that transcends telepathy. I’ve wondered at times if their shared DNA is tied at the quantum level. Great premise.

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    • J.S. Pailly says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I’ve heard a lot of anecdotal stories about twins. I’m not sure what I’ll do with these characters yet, but it would be interesting to dig deeper into the psychological research on twins and see what sort of stories that leads me to.

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  2. Rilla Z says:

    This reminds me of the strategy used for creating Ender in Ender’s Game—his brother and sister had certain genius traits they hoped would be merged in Ender. I would hope, in the larger story of the Kenzie twins, to see the dangers of choosing to let them fly together come to a head—how they would react and what the result would be.

    I was blessed to have identical twins, and their ability to talk to each other without words started before they turned one. They have had similar (or same) dreams, in different rooms, on the same night. At the same time, they are quite individual in the way they each think and problem solve. Being their mom has been a fantastic experience!

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    • J.S. Pailly says:

      Oh, that sounds wonderful! And I’m so very glad to get this comment. It’s good to know this resonated with someone who has that kind of real life experience.

      Ender’s Game is one of my all time favorite books. Now that I’m thinking about it, the P.O.V. character is kind of like Colonel Graff—but honestly, I wasn’t thinking about that when I was writing this! Actually the book I was thinking about at the time was CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh.

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