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Everything That Matters
By Jeff Spock
“I have done over fifteen hundred dives,” I said, and let that sink in. The number was astronomical for a guy my age, even for a professional. “I have done free diving down to eighty meters. I have worked as a commercial diver and in commercial salvage.”
They were listening and nodding, concentrating on me while recording the conversation. “Then you, of all people, should have known better,” said the little guy.
“I did know better!” They were acting like the shark was the victim, not me. “How many people in the whole fucking galaxy could have come up alive, huh? How many would have had the technology and experience and conditioning?”
“If you want our congratulations, you got ’em,” said Odenny. “But we’re more interested in what you were doing.”
About the Author
Jeff Spock is a full-time video game writer as well as author of science fiction and fantasy. A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop as well as INSEAD and Brown University, he has lived and worked in the U.S., Japan, and now France. Spock is an active member of the IGDA Game Writing Special Interest Group, and is involved in numerous creative writing workshops.
Spock is currently working as the Narrative Director and Lead Writer for an independent studio, Amplitude Studios, of which he is a member of the board of directors. Amplitude is based in Paris and released its first game, Endless Space, in July 2012.
About the Narrator
Geoff Michelli is a person who exists.