Fledgling colonies burn. Orbital stations are reduced to debris. Expansion into the solar system has been completely halted by a force against which humanity is powerless: the Angel. In a final desperate ploy, the best a dying race has to offer must make unimaginable sacrifices reaching for a faint spark of hope: that angels have fallen before.
Word Count: 17,200
Note: This story was awarded an honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest during Q3, 2011. It also features my first-ever cover design, if you couldn't tell.