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My snippet today is from The Pilot (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 1). The Outer Rim series is about strong women on the frontier of space. Last week, Celara meets Trevarr for the first time in person. We continue from there. Please forgive all the "saids" and commas used to fit the required length.
“Did you arrive on that hauler?” he said, his voice a tantalizing allure of baritone and chokiris, sounded vaguely familiar.
“Yep that’s my ship,” she said as the tucked her thumbs into the side pockets of her trousers and thrust out her chest a little in pride, “D’Enfaden’s Thermopylae--fastest little transport in three sectors.”
He walked past her to examine her ship then ran his hand—long, strong fingers, she noted—over the dents and scrapes along the aft section and said, “It appears to have sustained damage.”
“My thruster gimbal got damaged when I kissed an asteroid evading filthy pirates, but they didn’t catch me,” she said grinning. “Hey, you new around here?" She raised her hand, palm outward, in the traditional indie greeting, saying, “Celara d’Enfaden and you are . . . "
When he reached into the pocket of his work uniform and pulled out a zircan leather folder, she groaned before he even opened it, knowing what the folder contained--a shiny gold badge, carved with an intricate array of stars, swirls and a tiny red jewel in the center--the insignia of the Coalition. “I am Administrator Trevarr Jovano,” he said, snapping his fingers, bringing two armed Security personnel out of the shadows of the Agilean Speeder. “I am impounding your ship and confiscating your cargo.”
Life on the frontier of space is hard enough for a freighter pilot, so when pirates stole Celara d'Enfaden's cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Trevarr who’s bent on avenging his wife’s murder.
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