The ship rocketed through the atmosphere at incredible speed. Doug clung to the drive shaft and tried not to pass out.
When the engines fried, Julian ejected in the escape pod. So much for women and children first.
Doug only had flaps and one shot with the maneuvering thrusters to get them on the ground.
A mountain reared up.
Doug tugged on the drive shaft and hit the thrusters. The ship hopped, just cleared the peak and plowed down the other side crushing trees, rocks, and shrubbery. But they were alive.
Doug would ensure Julian never captained a ship again.