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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.49

ty_avSitting in the chair beside him, Dru watched his brother as he piloted Alice through the black. The Osprey made its fluid path around the rusty marble below, but the man at the helm wasn’t looking at Ezra. His attention was focused on the steely skyplex that floated in orbit.

Ty’s eyes rolled over to look at the other Kokezaru. “You know they can see us.”

“Ships fly on and off this planet,” Durden replied. “Niska isn’t looking for us, isn’t interested in us. We’re nobody headed to a remote part of the planet…”

The pilot said nothing, the pair just looking at each other for a still moment. In that silence he could read his brother like book...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.47

jack_av“…and so that’s the whole thing.” Tyler sighed as he, Copper, Jackson and Joe walked back up the dusty road to back to Alice.

“We sure we can trust him?” Joe said as he shifted the weight of the sacks of supplies he held in his arms.

The old preacher placed a hand on Joe’s shoulder. “I trust Warren, is that enough lad?”

The young electrician looked up at Copper. “Not really,” Joe smiled, “but it’ll do.”

“It’s gonna be tough to find.” Jackson said as they started to walk up Alice’s loading platform.”People have been looking for that since the end of the war with no success. It’ll be like finding a needle in a haystack, hidden in another haystack, hidden in a gorram world of hay. Hell, I doubt the damn thing didn’t get atomized when it crashed, or else the Alliance woulda found it by now.”

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.46

dru_avDurden stood outside the black iron fencing that circled Samuel Asher’s lush grounds and large home. He looked back into the city; its stark grays and browns set it apart from the gentleman’s home. This was the Cherti he knew, the one he had expected. This was the Cherti he didn’t want to land on.

“The things we do…” He groaned and stopped out into the dusty road.

For a moment his footsteps were the only sound in the warm silence. Then, from somewhere past the sprawling grounds of Asher’s home, came the soft whir of an engine. Slowly, almost leisurely, the hovering speeder made its way past the gardens and gate until it pulled alongside the figure in the road.

“Afternoon,” the driver, a tall thin man with no visible weapons, greeted Dru in a semi-neighborly tone...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.44

vay_av“My scarlet beauty,” the Great Gentleman of Cherti smiled widely as he opened his arms, “It has been far too long.”

Dropping Dru’s arm, Vanya crossed the flagstone steps and approached the longtime client with a genuine smile. “Samuel.” Taking his hands in hers she turned his palms to the sky and placed a gentle kiss on each, greeting him with an affection that went beyond training. “It’s an honor to see you again.”

“Not as much as it is an honor to have your beauty grace my home,” His eyes wandered behind her for a moment, “and who might this strapping young man be?”

Dru paused a moment before responding. He took a step back but gave Mr. Asher a reserved smile,”Just the lady’s escort, Making sure she got to her destination on time.”

“Well then any friend of our beautiful lady,” he smiled ...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.43

dru_av“There she is…” Alice’s pilot banked as they entered the smaller planet’s orbit and took them around. From the black, Cherti, looked gray and desolate. It was fitting for a planet infamous for its graveyards. Despite acquiescing to Vanya’s request, neither of the Kokezaru brothers were terribly thrilled about visiting the so called “Ghost Planet”, and for that reason there was no discussion when Tyler took them on another leisurely orbit before turning them on their end for their approach.

As always, Vanya was there to watch the landing, the soft scent of citrus filling the cockpit around her. Delicate hands resting on Tyler’s shoulders, she didn’t say a word as her brother took his time easing Alice toward her eventual landing...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.42

vay_av“Sorry it’s taken so long, baby,” Jackson’s hand rubbed the engine lovingly, “I promise it won’t be long before we’re back in the black.” The mechanic’s head slipped inside Alice’s engines. “I almost have it, Alice. I know it’s uncomfortable with me inside you but I’m almost done.”

A soft couch echoed behind him. “That’s not something you hear every day.” The companion’s full lips were pulled into a wry smile. “At least not from a man in the room alone.”

The voice made Jackson jump, his head slamming against the steel of Alice’s engine casing,”Gorram it!”

With a wince, the petite woman slowly made her way into the room. She set a fresh mug of coffee down on what looked to be a relatively safe, flat surface and peered around the engine to announce her presence in a less startling manner...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.41

ty_av“Well…it’s nothing I’m not used to already. Mason grinned at Jackson, “Looks like I fit in better than I thought…”

“Jao Gao,” said as he pulled his own weapon and threw himself against the wall of Sellick’s shack, “I guess being a black market dealer does have draw backs.” Jackson holstered his pistol, “Hey you down there,” he called out to the group of thugs, “I dunno what Sellick did ta call down all this wrath, but we ain’t got no part in this.”

“Ya do now, Huen Dahn,” a bullet embedded itself inches from Jackson’s head.

Gun fire whizzed through the air and when Mason joined Jacks behind Sellick’s shack he paused a moment listening exclaiming, “Tzao gao!!” The ship hand looked over at Jackson, “Sounds like one of them is using a Peacekeeper,” he said before a few more shots cut through ...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.39

ty_avTyler’s landing of the Dormouse was much more smoothly handled than his most recent exercise in crisis management. His brother made a half hearted comment about how he should do that more often, but the flatness of this tone said more about their feelings for the situation than the levity did. Tyler’s hands ran across the console, shutting the Dormouse down for what they both hoped would be a quick nap.

Durden’s jaw set as dust rose up between them and town. “Here’s the welcoming party.”

Outside the windshield they watched several men trot up on horseback. It wasn’t the dusty riders one would have expected on a ball like Regina. They weren’t quite swells, but they were swell enough. Certainly a fair amount of coin had been put behind them. The crisp hats. The long black coats...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.37

dru_avThe crate sat in the hold. Even in all the excitement that had jostled around the whole of Alice’s crew, it hadn’t budged from where they had secured it. For Vanya and Mason, it was the first time they had laid eyes on it, but it wasn’t so long ago that the others had stood around it as they did now with the prickly wonder in their minds. That damn box. Pandora’s box…

“Bie woo long…” Dru groaned taking one hand from where it had been folded across his chest. He ran it through his beard. A large red gash ran across his brow from where his head had kissed the sharp edge of Alice’s engine block. He shook his head and looked over to Jackson. “How bad is bad?”

“Bad is an understatement,” sighed the grease monkey with the tenor of defeat...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.36

ty_avThe dirty gray and brown ball that was Regina hung against the velvet curtain of the black. The ‘discussion’ had long since been settled, and Tyler sat on the bridge in silent dissent. The argument was a simple one and money had won out over morals. It wasn’t the first time time that had happened, and certainly wouldn’t be the last, but there was just something about this drop that didn’t sit right with him.

The soft chime of jewelry announcing her presence, Vanya let herself into the room without a word. Her delicate hand rested on the seatback for a fraction of a second before turning it to face her...

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