We’re Going Down

Alex moved to the pilot’s seat and was casually leaning on the upright when he caught sight of something out of the corner of his eye. He wiggled into the small space between the seat and the side panel and craned to see backward as the plane flew sedately on. His heart was pounding loudly in his ears, Alex held his breath till the Herc had made another circuit. Sure enough, the smoke was where he had seen it before.