Thanks to everyone who visited last week. I'm sharing snippets from The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 1st book in a series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. Celara's ship was hailed by one claiming to be Coalition Security.
Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.
She’d taken a chance shutting down in the middle-of-nowhere space to fix the sluggish sublight accelerator. But there wasn’t a convenient planet—let alone a repair station—in this sector of the Rim. Pirates zeroed in on wounded prey faster than Terran jackals.
“What if they are not pirates?” Arjay said, “Their offer could be genuine—the ship might, indeed, be Coalition Security.”
She grimaced, “Great minds think alike.”
“That is rather frightening since mine is the superior intellect.”
“Stick it in your ear, Arjay, let’s get my baby up and running—we need to haul ass.”
“I am lodging a formal protest—if you must record the entertainment signals emanating from a primitive planet, please refrain from using its disgusting colloquialisms.”
“Wassamadder, Arjay, you don’t like Terran slang?”
There's no place like home and he stole hers.
Life on the frontier of space is hard enough 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 Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.