The following is an excerpt of a story from the Battlespace anthology, currently available on Amazon.com.
This excerpt is from Umbuto’s Rock by Vincent Morgan:
The big man had roared with laughter, saying, “Bless you, sir, the story of my life would put you to sleep and it’s bad for business having customers sleeping ‘stead of drinking. I will; however, tell you the story of the assault on the Rock as long as you’re prepared to drink while you listen.”
This seemed more than fair, so Garth ordered another life shortener, set his notepad down on the bar, blinked his eye–camera to record, and settled back to wait while Costos attended to the needs of the patrons in the back.
Upon his return, the barman stood for a moment, polishing a glass and staring into space and then said, “In the past, had you reason to look, you would have found the Rock marked on the star charts for the Deneb Cluster as celestial object No: RZX–0000/009J–00547–678. In reality, the Rock’s just an otherwise unremarkable asteroid a couple of miles in diameter, drifting amid thousands, if not millions, of other such objects somewhere in the Monasheen Belt.
“At the beginning of the war, which seemed to start for no good reason, the Nids seized any number of planets, moons, and asteroids. Sometimes they took places of obvious value, like the Moons of Marsham, and other times they dug in on useless places like the Rock.
“I could understand fighting for the Moons, they are, after all, like Earth in most respects. But we only cared about the Rock, as far as I could tell, because the Nids had grabbed it.