Well, as promised…another update. It’s not quite a full month yet since the last post, but a lot has been changing in the story.
Thirty chapters in and things are just totally nuts. Having ditched a couple Federated Commonwealth destroyers back at Ja’ral, Tara and Zahra were planning on making a pit stop over at Christopher’s Landing to see their contact and supplier, Rex Lars.
It was hoped that they could get some money that he owed the two fugitives and maybe score a couple of lucrative milk run jobs to supplement their meager income–until they got to Titus VII–but an attack on the settlement by the Bureau’s Special Services has thrown everything out the proverbial window.
Now…Tara and Zahra have become rescuers of 87 settlers and one Special Services commando unit. And right now, they are trying to figure out just where to drop them off. They can’t go anywhere near Commonwealth-held space or any allied world that may end up taking the Bureau up on its reward of 100,000 goza (it’s a universal currency) and turn the two sisters in for their role in a murder back on Palomar.
Nor can they simply drop them off at any number of Non-Aligned worlds controlled by the criminal Hagati Syndicate.
So now…they have five options. Five places to drop them off with a good chance at being rescued. But the trip is going to be a long one–four to five weeks either way–and so they have to make a decision. The settlers’ surviving contingent have to make a decision and then relay that back to Zahra–who is the ship’s certified command pilot, chief engineer, and all around wrench monkey.
Like I said, a lot has been happening. Even I was surprised. But this book is turning out to be a fun exercise.
More in a month.