Jody Lynn Nye - Ship 6 - The Ship Errant

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"Boarding party ready," he said shortly. "Stand by," Mirina said, turning back to the viewtank. "How long to the drop?" Sunset ran through one of those instantaneous mental calculations that seemed so effortless for his people. "Eight minutes, madam." "Don't call me madam," Mirina snapped, yanked back with annoyance from her planning. "Sorry again," he said, contritely. "Thunderstorm told me always to use titles of respect." Mirina felt the corners of her mouth start to turn upward in an unwilling smile. "My name will do. Thank you. Stand by." "At least he isn't calling you 'holy one,' any more," her brother called from the
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engineers seat, where he was waiting to operate the airlock and grapple controls. Sunset glanced up at the human male, then hastily ducked his head. Bisman smirked at the young Thelerie, his narrow jaws drawn upward. Mirina glared at her co-leader. "Isn't anyone else here thinking of business?" ]%20-%20Ship %20Errant,%20The%20(EDGv1,html).html (54 of 329)15-7-2004 1:12:49 "On my way," he said, fending off the evil eye with an uplifted hand. "Wait a minute, Aldon," Mirina said, as he turned to go. "Remember, just grab those containers and go. No killing." "That's the idea, lady," he said, offhandedly, holding his helmet up over his head and shaking it to free the hanging tabs. "Strike hard so they don't know where you're coming from, then move out. But I'm not going to stand helpless and let them tickle me. My people will use self-defense as needed." Mirina moved to place herself in his path. "Disarm and disable only. Those are my orders. Just take the stuff and go!" He paid no attention as he clamped the headpiece into place. The seals whistled a diminishing scale as he sidestepped her and stalked away down the corridor toward the airlock. Mirina stared after him, feeling fury rising fit to choke her. There wasn't time to lecture him again, and she was beginning to feel like she was losing control of him. She'd turned this operation around into a profit-making enterprise. He and his miserable little group had only three pathetically archaic ships when she met him eight years ago. Now they had sixty, and more under construction. She'd been confirmed as the leader by a majority of the vote. But there were some people who couldn't take direction from anyone, especially not from a former government spacer like her. Bisman had been raiding for thirty years, had started under his father, who'd owned the original three ships. Anyone who'd survived that long deserved respect, just for sheer longevity, but damn it, it was bad for crew morale to have him defy her every single order. She snatched up her remote communications headset and clamped it down on her head. Zonzalo sat in the engineers seat snickering. Mirina rounded on him.
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