The Smoke Ring Author:Larry Niven Booce flapped hard toward a Logbearer already embedded in flame. He breathed deeply as he flew, hyper-oxygenating. He'd hold his breath while he worked. The danger was that he might breathe flame. — Wend crawled gingerly through the cabin door. Her feet were wingless, her eyes and mouth wide in terror. She saw Booce, gathered herself and leapt to... more »ward him, into the sky.
The water tank ruptured.
Booce saw Wend blown outward in a wind of live steam laced with boiling water. He flapped to catch her, hearing his own howl. She was flying past him. He stretched impossibly and caught her bare ankle, and felt the scalded skin slide loose beneath his hand.« less