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Do Some Harm, Part 5 – Astra Nullius

Nyx The bar was on the station’s second level. The furniture was so new that it still had that extruded plastic smell, but the clientele looked like they had already settled in for the long term. Nyx was in a booth toward the back, Xrrt folded in as best she could beside her. Flowers sat…

Do Some Harm, Part 4 – Astra Nullius

Jianyu The last shop he’d visited was several floors up. Jianyu made the ascent slowly, careful with his footing on the ladder. The bag dug into his shoulder, and he had to stop and adjust it twice. This floor had been busier when he stepped into the lift, but now it was just as empty…

Do Some Harm, Part 3 – Astra Nullius

Jianyu The station was a large one, built as a staging site for a mining operation that hadn’t yet opened for business. The population was a mix of species, some former members of the Coalition and others that had chosen to remain outside it. Jianyu had no idea which group, if any, officially ran it.…

Do Some Harm, Part 2 – Astra Nullius

Weyland The Eridani held the credit chip up to his com screen, which beeped. Weyland tucked the vial into the bag as carefully as he could, folding the fabric around the glass so it wouldn’t get jostled. He turned to leave, but the Eridani reached out and put one massive hand on his shoulder. Weyland…

Do Some Harm, Part 1 – Astra Nullius

Weyland The Benevolence was due to depart in just a few hours. Just enough time for Weyland to run one last errand. It had taken him some time to track down a person who’d sell him a real plant on the space station where the ship was docked for repairs. He’d only been able to…

Checkup, Part 6 – Astra Nullius

Jianyu Jianyu was in the dining room, trying to get down a bowl of something green he’d found in the fridge, when Sera found him. She pulled up a chair across from him and said, “Are you really eating that?” “It was labelled edible,” he said, turning his spoon over and letting a wad of…

Checkup, Part 5 – Astra Nullius

Mirelle The room Sera had convinced her to take was in the nose cone of the ship, the part that had belonged to the original Benevolence. Mirelle thought privately that it was strange the crew still clung to that old name. The majority the ship was patched together from other vessels. Less than a third…

Checkup, Part 4 – Astra Nullius

Xrrt Xrrt was nearly done with her survey of the ship’s security system. It had been set perfectly when she left, but that was no guarantee that it was still in working order. Strange mechanics had taken over her ship, and that meant every setting had to be checked personally. The Benevolence hadn’t been built…

Checkup, Part 3 – Astra Nullius

Sera “You said Jianyu wanted to talk with me?” Mirelle hitched up her jeans. She was wearing a pair of Sera’s spare pants, the knees frayed and the thighs dark with grease stains, and they kept slipping down her narrow hips. Flowers had treated her well enough, all things considered, but he hadn’t thought to…

Checkup, Part 2 – Astra Nullius

Nyx “This is a terrible idea,” said Jianyu. Nyx pinched the bridge of her nose. It had seemed so simple when Sera had explained it back on Lotan: a new client and a new crew member at once, and not just any crew member, but a navigator to give Jianyu some extra help. She should…