The Omicron Matter – The Start of A Journey – Transport Back to the Ship

A new entry in the Omicron Matter – The Start of A Journey.  Rachael’s turn on Smith’s ship has ended and she is returning to the ship. Jason is piloting the small shuttle. Rachael is tired and has new information. More cooperation than many will be comfortable will be necessary.

For those who are new to The Omicron Matter, the book home page is a good place to start.

Author’s note

After the fight, things are going to settle down for a little bit. We are also returning to Millicent’s ship.  Rachael and John will have to work to change the dynamics between the two ships.

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Jason – transporting Rachael back

Jason piloted the small shuttle between the two ships separated by two kilometers of space. Rachael sat in the copilot’s seat. Her gear and chair were stowed in small hold. He said, “I expect you’re glad to be back on the ship.”

Rachael said, “You have no idea. I will kill anyone who gets in the way of my warm shower and comfortable bedroom.”

Jason eyed her sideways and asked, “No hot water?”

Rachael muttered, “Long story.” She looked out the port to Smith’s ship and said, “Jason, we are going to need Smith’s help.”  Jason gritted his teeth but said nothing. She faced forward and continued. “Smith hinted that our reception at the Guild isn’t going to be good. He can help us…survive the encounter…if that is the turn of events.”

Jason burst out, “Dammit Rachael, he is playing both sides.”

Rachael showed a small smile and said, “Maybe. But he only trusts one side…ours. He might be a devil, but at the end of the day he’s our devil and we need to work with him if we’re going to survive.”

Jason focused on piloting the shuttle for a moment and then asked, ”Do we have to trust them all?”

Rachael blew out some air and then said, “Winfred and Findley are locked down now. Apparently Smith doesn’t trust them walking freely on the ship. Alfred Redman is a hard read.  Neville? …Well Neville’s finding himself without anyone to tell him what he has to be.  Given the odds, I’d rather have him with us than on the other side.”

Jason shook his head and then said, “Eleanor and Simone won’t be happy. Not sure I will be.” He straightened himself and said, “I’ll have to think about it.”

Rachael leaned in her chair and said, “That is all I can ask.”


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