And how was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. Knocked off two recaps, wrote quite a lot for the novel, edited a bunch of video, and managed to fit in a yoga class yesterday. Yep, I was just how much flexibility I didn’t have–and I wasn’t disappointed. But it was fun and the background music was Motörhead, which made for a change of pace.
Yesterday we saw how the Samhain races of 2013 were shaking out. Today we get to see how they’re shaking out for Kerry. And… it’s not as good as one may think:
(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)
Kerry was determined to see to it his coven scored the maximum amount of points—but at the same time he was looking for a bit of individual glory. In both Stage 1 and Stage 3 he finished fourth, with the Stage 3 finish hitting exceptionally hard as Emma took third place by .006 seconds. He wasn’t so much concerned about his individual standing taking a beating this early in the season, but he was feeling the pressure of needing to do well in this last race. All the comments made at the start of the day about having additional pressure placed upon him due to the presence of Victor Kirilov weighed heavily upon him and he thought it had some effect upon today’s performance.
Though he didn’t want to blame his equipment, the Class 3 he normally used for racing was in The Hanger being repaired due to a crash caused by a pilot in Advance Flight One. The Class 3’s had a large, sloping underbody with a thick, padded settle upon which the pilot sat, and they were controlled by a set of long handle bars that extended from the front of the craft. Due to their resemblance to an aquatic leisure craft, they were known as jet skis, and they were known to be as difficult to operate at times as those same craft.
Early on his heat in Stage 1, Kerry noticed that his PAV acted as if it wanted to roll to the right, particularly when executing a left-hand turn. He found himself having to adjust for this roll, causing him to lose time in each of those races. So for the very last race Kerry adopted a new strategy: he would go into each left-hand turn as fast as possible, which would cause him to lean further to the left. While this resulted in having to endure more g forces, he found there wasn’t any need to compensate for a roll to the right.
And the extra speed allowed him to get out in front far more quickly than the other nine racers on the course.
Kerry pushed quickly through the Blue Line. He made great time through Pentagram Pass and Trench and it wasn’t long before he was making the climbed to Observatory Bend. He flew through that as fast as he could take it and was on the verge of grain out when he reached the end and passed on to Skyway. At Helter Skelter he showed the most caution, popping his air brakes until he could reach what he felt was the minimum fast speed to the dangerous turn, then zipped back and forth couple of times before pushing his Class 3 as hard as he could through Residence.
Two fourths for the Ginger Hair Boy with future father-in-law sitting in the stands watching his progress. Normally Kerry’s like, “If I win, I win.” Today he’s like, “I gotta win ’cause Annie’s dad is here!” And the fact that he missed a podium spot by six one thousandths of second in his second race likely had Victor looking at Annie with a “You said he was a good race” look on his face.
So now Kerry’s way out in front–over four seconds out, which is quite a lot on these courses–and racing his ass off.
Except– He may have company soon…
He was making his way through Aerodrome when he heard a mix of voices on the open mic. There seem to be a lot of warnings and mixed in with that warnings, he could tell there was a bit of anger. He found out the reason for this moments later when Professor Solomon broadcast on the open channel to all racers. “This is Race Control. Five second penalty to Glissandi: rough racing.”
While most of Kerry’s mind was on the course in front of him, something about the recent penalty bothered him. “Race Control, this is Malibey. Clarification, over.”
Professor Semplen was on the radio in an instant. “Go ahead, Kerry, over.”
“Where did Lisa have her penalty? Over.”
“It happened in Helter Skelter. Over.”
Kerry was not the least bit surprised to hear this. “What’s her interval on me?”
“She’s .7 seconds behind Riv, which puts her 4.2 seconds behind you. Over.”
Kerry was not in the mood to do something stupid and lose this race. “Race Control, I would like an interval on her time at The Sweep, at the Start/Finish Line, and at Graves. Over.”
“You’ll have it, Kerry. Over and out.”
There you have it: Lisa’s in third after pulling another dangerous move in Helter Skelter. Any chance she’ll get around Riv?