Space Opera Part 22 – Projectiles

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It took me just a few minutes to craft the message for Vermillion to send through the back channel to Simone. He chuckled after reading it.

“Perfect. I’ll be back in a few minutes.”

“Will we get a reply before we come out of the wormhole?” Sondra asked.

Vermillion turned before he got through the door. “If they respond to the server that I’m sending this from, yes.” He left.

JJ moved closer to me. “You know, this might piss Simone off enough to actually attack Earth, and then we’re in trouble.”

“She’s going to do it anyway, unless we surrender, and we’re not doing that. If she hits Earth with an attack, then I will target Devonia Axxiom. I didn’t intend that message as an idle threat.”

“That’s the Captain Trey Clarke I remember,” Sondra said. JJ shot her a worried glance, but kept her mouth shut.

“Should I…

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Here’s a taste of Stolen Youth – the next in the Franklin and Davis series.

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This one is in editing right now. It’s a full-length novel, and it’s rated NC-17 – so beware if you don’t like bad language, violence, ect. It follows the further exploits of George Franklin and Malcolm Davis. Hoping to have it out in a couple months.

This is Chapter 38 “Red Relatives” – these cretins are the wild, savage siblings of Red Dagger, a serial killer who tangled with Malcolm Davis and didn’t live through it…

“Dammit, Fergey, knock it off!” shouted Fred.

Fergey was driving the van, weaving in and out of traffic like a madman, narrowly missing several cars and a semi-truck. They were blasting down I-75 from Gaylord, Michigan. Fred was in the passenger seat, eyes wide, sweating. Hal was sitting in back, leaned against the paneled wall, playing his harmonica.

“Will you stop with that, Hal?” Fred shouted. “And Fergey, don’t forget to get on route…

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Space Opera Part 21 – The Nudge

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My heart pounded as I looked at Tim’s image on my PA. “Are they attacking Earth yet?”

“Not that we can tell,” Tim said. “It’s a long-range scan, so we might not be able to see that level of detail.”

“Should we go do something about this?” Cyrus asked.

“I need to get back to the ship and look at my news alerts,” Nolan said.

“You can’t get them here?” Vermillion asked.

“Nope,” Nolan said. “I’ve got to be onboard. That’s where my tokens are.”

“The Zephyrus or the New Jersey?” I asked.

“Either. I moved copies of my tokens to the New Jersey when we were traveling here.”

“Move them to the Tristar as well,” Vermillion said.

My heart was still pounding. JJ looked at me.

“Your face is flushed.”

“Our home is about to come under attack,” I said, my voice trembling with anger.

“They might not attack…

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Space Opera Part 20 – Rail Car

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Deacon, JJ, Nolan, and I took the lift from the Zephyrus to the lower bay. Vermillion was near the ramp of the Tristar, chatting with Cyrus as we approached.

“Thanks for getting down here so quickly,” Vermillion said. “We’ll be leaving in a minute.”

“This ought to be interesting,” I said. “Never been on this ship before.”

“I have, a few times,” JJ said. “It’s more like a research ship than a freighter.”

“Yes, the Zephyrus has more cargo capacity, even though it’s smaller,” Vermillion said. “This ship is faster, though.”

“My module will increase its speed even more,” Nolan said.

“Shall we?” Cyrus asked. He turned and walked up the ramp, the rest of us following.

I saw what JJ was talking about right away. The Tristar had less of an industrial look. It didn’t remind me of a research ship either. More like a luxury business transport. The…

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