A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 278, Friday
October 5th, 2018
Chapter Five: Pilot
In the cavalry he mastered every type of combat craft; land, sea, air, and space. It was another long period of arduous training. He spent years of his life learning all of the technical details of the equipment he operated, their munitions, how to repair them, maneuver them and use them for deadly effect.
He became a weapons master of the first order, an Equestrian, a knight.
His experience as a master of cavalry combined with his years of experience in the infantry; both as a combat engineer and as a medic, made him the most highly trained member of the armed forces there had ever been.
The ease with which he learned the controls, and the rapidity in which his skills developed into something like artistry was shocking to his trainers, they had never seen anything like it before.
Their observations substantiated the myths that were constantly perpetuated about him.
People believed he was descended from the gods, or a child of the gods, that he had come back to the Empire from the Continuum, to live with them, to observe them, to share their pain.
His comrades worshipped him like a god, whether they believed it or not. They wanted nothing more than to fly missions with him and watch him fight.
He loved flying, being at the controls of the greatest vehicles that had ever been constructed.
He loved flying in the quiet of space, to watch the silent explosion of energy weapons and the quick fires bursting from breached hulls in the vacuum of space.
Those moments were freeing, and gave him pause to contemplate his extraordinarily long-life.
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