Titan’s Plague – The Trial
by Tom Briggs
Outside the rings of Saturn, Pati Lynch commanded a prison ship mining ice. Her crew mutinied, they tried to kill her, and she was the last one left standing. Now, she stands trial for their murder.
Nancy Tate, Pati’s defense attorney, thinks she’ll go free this time because the prison ship’s records were damaged or erased. Without those records, the legal decision will be based on Pati’s testimony alone. However, and Nancy repeats this often, she cannot state aliens had instigated the revolt.
Pati knows she didn’t dream the apparition that appeared on her ship and claimed to be the ex-husband she accidentally killed, but she decides her attorney knows her business. And, it’d be in her best interest to follow her directions if she doesn’t want to be sentenced to a solitary, thirty-year trip back to Earth.
Then, the dreams started.