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. Last week, Celara's ship was hailed by one claiming to be Coalition Security. The last line was Celara saying: “Remember what happened last time?”
Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.
Arjay’s fingers flew across the instrument panel’s touchpads, “Are they pirates?”
“Of course. Where in Lexol’s Fire did they come from, and why didn’t the proximity alarm go off?”
“Without further investigation, I would not know.” He didn’t stop his computations. “Volpian cruisers do not have shrouding capabilities, however the ship appears new—it may be an experimental model.”
A siren pierced the small cabin, “About time,” she muttered before switching off the proximity alarm.
Arjay brought the primary energizing coil online. Not for the first time she thanked the Spirits he was her copilot, and he didn’t need to be told what to do. That made up for his primping.
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.