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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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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.35

vay_avThe soft scent of citrus that infused most of her belongings had begun to permeate the room. Smiling wistfully as she drifted through her memories, Vanya paused in her unpacking as her hands rested on the rim of the leather chest before her. The ghost of a chuckle tugged at her perfect lips and, deciding the rest of her room could wait, quickly gathered up the parcels at the bottom of her chest then carried them out to the common room.

She couldn’t remember the details of the job–she’d paid less attention to the particulars back then–but she’d never forget her genuine pleasure at the opportunity to learn a bit more about the hill folk of Jiangyin. While her brothers had gone about their work, the diminutive companion had spent the afternoons with delightfully matronly woman.

Humming one ...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.33

ty_av“Preacher, you awake?” Ty’s voice crackled over the comm speaker. Copper, who had been dozing in the cockpit, jumped from his seat and grabbed the handset.

“I am now,” the old man growled. “Didn’t I tell you boys not to stay out late?”

“We’ll have plenty of time for penance later, Shepherd. Right now I need to you drop the ramp. We’re going to be comin’ in hot and jumpin’ star-side in a rush.”

“Any casualties?” Copper asked.

“None of our own. I expect a few on the other side of things is making peace with their dear and fluffy Lord right about now.” Ty said, his voice cut by the wind and the sound of a motor in the background.

“Well that’s good at least,” There was a bit of silence on the preacher’s side of the line.

“Everything alright home-side, padre?”

“We’re all good here...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.32

dru_av“And will you be staying with us, sir?”

Tyler shook his head as he slipped the duster from his shoulders. “No, just dinner, if that’s okay?”

The concierge smiled, “No problem at all, sir. We have the finest chef in this quadrant. The dining hall is just through that archway. Any seat will do, we’re not that busy at the moment.”

“Thank you kindly,” Tyler nodded, palming the fellow a silver coin. He entered the hall, selecting a dimly lit two-top off to the side. He took a seat in the corner where he could take in the entire room and not have to worry about anything going on behind him. After a moment a petite serving girl approached and handed him a menu.

“Good evening, sir. My name is Chang Mai, and I will be at your disposal while you dine. May I interest you in a drink?”

Tyler scanned th...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.31

joe_avWith a screwdriver, a length of wire, some bonding agent, her soldering gun, and about four irresponsibly unlocked rooms, Joe had managed to collect the supplies for and assemble a whole army of small black transmitters. There had to have been just over twenty tiny little bugs, a bit of an overkill for the hotel’s mid sized rooms. The boy lovingly lined the devices up like little soldiers.

“Alright, kid,” Dru said as he walked into the room, “I’ve got the lock picked on the door and Jacks is…” his draw dropped as he looked down at the army of bugs, “Mi tian gohn! How did you do all of this so quick?”

“When ya do something so many times. . .” His slender shoulders rose in a shrug. “Plus some of the rooms have communicators. . . Well,” He couldn’t help but grin. “had communicators...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.30

vay_avThe secondary room of the suite was certainly smaller than the master suite room. The two double beds took up much of the floor space, and it had been afforded just one chair, which Jacks occupied. The two rooms had been joined by a bathroom which had hot water and a tub. Working plumbing might have been impressive enough but when Vanya saw the room she was more than pleased.

While their Companion took a hot bath, the rest of Alice’s crew had been plotting their next step. Durden leaned against the dresser with the radio in hand where Tyler was brought up to speed on the other end. If these guys were who they thought they were, they couldn’t let them follow them. That was priority number one. Who exactly were these people?

“A couple hours till dinner,” Dru said, thumbing the radio, “I know...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.28

jack_avThe mule rumbled up the dirt road with Jacks at the wheel. It kicked up a nice cloud of dust from its wheels that might have made it look like it floated above the ground. The driver kept an eye on the old fashioned marquees that hung out from the storefronts. General Stores. Saloons. The front office for a mill. Funeral Home. From the core out to a place like Triumph, it never ceased to amaze how different the verse could be.

As they approached, it was remarkably noticeable that compared to some of the other places, The Osage Inn was upscale for the town. The smooth cut and stain of the wood stood out between its worn and dulled neighbors. The windows weren’t terribly detailed, but they were clear and clean...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.27

dru_avJacks pulled Alice’s mule up to the Repose and into her hull. He swung his leg over the back of the saddle, “I made sure I wasn’t followed.”

Dru nodded as he walked down the steps of the catwalk to the deck below, “Let’s not press what’s left of our luck though.” He hefted one of the large crates up and set it into trailer, pushing it back into the corner. “We’ll get mei mei’s stuff packed and be on our way before any unexpected guests show.”

Vanya wasn’t particularly concerned with her belongings. The things most precious to her were on her person, the rest… they were only things, easily left behind if need be. Hugging her arms around her petite frame, she stood off to the side and watched almost blankly for a moment before walking to the still open ramp...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.24

ty_avDurden and Jackson strolled up the gravel road that passed the clearing where Alice sat flatten its patch of earth. The Kokezaru noted the smile that crept up on Jack’s face as the tail tips of the Osprey Class cargo ship appeared over the horizon followed by the long body that made up the Looking Glass. Alice. That smile meant that something. It meant that she had gotten to the mechanic. Jackson was part of her crew.

Dru clapped him on the shoulder, laughing. “What?” he asked, confusion replacing the subtle smile.

“Nothing, Jacks,” Dru replied.

“Random fits of laughter,” the mechanic shook his head, Durden’s laughter apparently a little contagious, “not generally considered a mark of sanity, Dru.”

Loomed larger and the two men veered off the beaten path...

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Adventures in the ‘Verse – Through the Looking Glass 1.23

joe_avJacks and Dru sat at a table each nursing a drink. It had been almost an hour since they had left a message at the docks.

“Let me ask you a question…”

“Ain’t stoppin ya,” Dru looked down at his drink.

“Where were ya all stationed, durin’ the war?”

The Browncoat’s head weaved from one side to the other, as if hemming and hawing. He looked up from his glass, “Ain’t somethin’ I like talkin’ about.”

“Well I told y’all where I was.”

“And that’s a fact.” Dru nodded. “Thing ya got to realize, Jackson,” he paused a moment to lift the glass up to his lips, “Some people’s scars run a lot deeper than others.”

Jackson nodded, “I’m sorry I prodded.”

Dru closed his eyes for a moment, “Mei wen ti.”

“Jackson?” The voice came from behind Alice’s mechanic...

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