Going back to my SFR , out on submission now, set in the same universe as my recently published WRECK of the NEBULA DREAM. Andrianda (Andi) Markriss, a planetary representative for Loxton Galactic Trading, has been spending a lazy summer with her best friend in the highly exclusive summer compound of the planet Zulaire’s ruling nobility, networking. On a day when a number of strange and disturbing things have already happened, Captain Tom Deverane, Sectors Special Forces, unexpectedly shows up with a troop of soldiers and demands she leave with him. Immediately.
Andi doesn’t take this very well….in fact, she refuses to go. Later in the evening, all hell has broken loose, as the captain predicted.
Trying to avoid spoilers here, after certain “events”, she and the soldiers are on the run. Just now the scouts have reported a party of civilians in trouble ahead. Andi impulsively urges Deverane to rescue them. Here’s his answer:
“I thought I told you—more than once—my primary orders don’t allow me the discretion to go around the countryside rescuing everyone in distress.” Spacing out each word for emphasis, he said, “I have to get back to the capital. We’ve got vital information that could stop the entire planet from descending into war so I can’t conduct fire fights and rescue individuals. You were an exception because someone somewhere pulled a lot of rank to get special orders issued,okay?”
Biting her lip, Andi flushed and jerked her elbow away from him. I wish he wouldn’t keep rubbing it in my face that I got special treatment – I didn’t ask for him to come rescue me.
(What do you think, after a few weeks of reading this in snippets – will Deverane find a way to justify attempting a rescue?)
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