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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. In this snippet, we're still with Trevarr and his buddy Laning in their ship, and Celara is long gone.
Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.
“Looks like the damage is superficial,” Laning grudgingly admitted after they finished running diagnostics, “No thanks to you. What in Lexol’s Fire has gotten into you? This trip was supposed to be a little run around this region to see what my new ship could do—my ship that’s so new the paint isn’t dry—my new ship that is now dented and scraped,” Laning rarely lost his temper, but he was in fine form now, “You damn-near got us killed. I’m too young to die and so are you.”
Technically, he could have Laning disciplined for insubordination, but his anger over losing his quarry paled next to his anger at himself for his recklessness, “We could have caught that hauler.”
“By claiming to be disabled? Have you forgotten distress signals are taken very seriously, especially out here? Word gets around about sending a false distress signal and you can kiss off ever getting rescued when you need it.”
“I wanted that ship—the pilot needs to be taught to heed orders.”
“At what cost—by lying? Or does the end justify the means?”
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.