To Kill A Mockingbird: A Short Story

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The helium harvester rumbled into life. There was no engine noise, there was no sound at all but Lee could sense a high pitched hydraulic discord then a deep bass vibration which echoed inside his chest. He was hunched in the cramped wheelhouse and had just finished running final diagnostics on the ignition sequence when the huge machine woke from its slumber. It was a pleasant surprise, the first major success of their mission. "Finally! we got the big beetle moving!" Pings' voice came through the suit comms. "You could have told
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