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Last Resort, Part 13 – Astra Nullius

Sera “So, what do you say?” Flowers asked. “You and me, building a network Buddy can’t touch.” “And me,” said Connor from the shadows. “I was promised a cut of the cash.” Sera had never liked the man, but when it came to turning a profit he had a tenacity she admired. He could have…

Last Resort, Part 12 – Astra Nullius

Jianyu Jianyu had stayed silent throughout the confrontation. He had his back to the ocean, and he was so close to it that each new wave sucked at his ankles as it crashed on the sand. It would be so easy to keep walking backward until the water closed over his head. None of this…

Last Resort, Part 11 – Astra Nullius

Weyland The captain was holding a naked man at gunpoint. At least, Weyland thought it was a man. Trying to focus on his features was a struggle; there was something about him that turned the eye aside. This, then, must have been the Falacerian who’d been tailing them. Sera had her gun out too, and…

Last Resort, Part 10 – Astra Nullius

Jianyu Jianyu opened the door of his room and nearly ran into Sera, who was raising her fist to knock. Xrrt was right behind her, rubbing her forelimbs together in a gesture that Centaurians used when they were anxious or preparing for a fight. “Hey,” said Sera, not quite meeting his eyes. They hadn’t spoken…

Last Resort, Part 9 – Astra Nullius

Nyx Her hookup was a pleasant diversion in bed, but it didn’t take long for Nyx to realize that he was lying through however many teeth he actually possessed. He’d told her on the first night that his name was Oren, after his father, but Nyx had caught a look at his com screen and…

Last Resort, Part 8 – Astra Nullius

Weyland Another week passed, and nobody died. Weyland found this surprising. He was sure that the crew was being followed now, and he thought he recognized one of their pursuers. He had shaved his beard since the last time Weyland had seen him, but once in an unguarded moment he’d rolled his long sleeves up…

Last Resort, Part 7 – Astra Nullius

Sera “First off, I never expected to spend this long on the Benevolence,” Sera said. “If I’d known I was in it for the long haul, I would have come up with a better cover story.” Beside her, Jianyu was stonily silent. That was the most frustrating thing about being his friend. He wasn’t the…

Last Resort, Part 6 – Astra Nullius

Jianyu News took a long time to travel through space. They were still in the relatively central region of the known galaxy, where signals could bounce from relay to relay at speeds faster than light, but it could be weeks or even months for a piece of information to cross the grid. To make things…

Last Resort, Part 5 – Astra Nullius

Nyx Nyx didn’t know what to do with herself. Every morning she got up, got dressed, and went for a stroll along the beach. A fog would blow in from the ocean overnight, so that the weak morning sunlight came in pink and gold through the haze and the sand in front of her stretched…

Last Resort, Part 4 – Astra Nullius

Weyland The first week of vacation was one of the most fascinating of Weyland’s life. During the day he swam in the sun-warmed sea, talked with Sera and Jianyu, and walked for miles along the sand. At night, he wandered between the tourist bars, getting used to strange new flavors and the sensation of eating…