By Zach Hughes
Pat Howe, skipper and sole group member of the distance tug Skimmer, sensed difficulty once he accredited the commision from the Zede businessmen. Why have been they prepared to pay loads for him to move drugs to Taratwo? And why did they insist on having Skimmer, a completely armed and notoriously speedy tug, convey an unnamed passanger again for Taratwo? yet Patnever dreamed whilst he blasted off that he'd taken step one on a trip that may carry him to an unknown nook of the universe, the place the flames of a millennium-old uprising have been approximately to be fanned right into a possibility to the whole civilized universe.
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A shock hit the space port just after darkness gave additional impenetrability to the ashfall. Pat could not even see the lights of the cus-toms building. A piece of nut pie made from an ancient recipeput Pat over his allowance of carbohydrates forthe day, and he tried to work it off in the exercisegym. What the heck. A man had to celebrate nowand then. He quit the exercise early, before he'deven worked up a sweat, and drew another ancientrecipe from the nutrition servo, a concoction of gin, vermouth, and a touch of bitters.
He turned on the out-side speaker. "I'll be with you in a minute, Murphy," he said. He pulled on shirt and jacket, turned off the holoprojector, and was on his way to the controlbridge to open the hatch when another alarmbuzzed. Something big was moving swiftly towardthe Skimmer through the drifting ash. The camerasshowed nothing, but caution told him to delayopening the hatch. He checked the screens, look-ing for Murphy. The old man was no longer stand-ing before the hatch, but his footprints were clearlyvisible in the ash.
The blink was already programmed, but it wascustomary for a ship to lift from the surface onflux. It was possible to blink away from a planet'ssurface, but decidedly unsafe for anything nearenough to the ship to be affected by the field of theblink generator. six, five . " "Let's go, baby," Pat said, hitting the buttonwhich activated the drive circuits. three, two . On the screen Pat saw three of the police vehicles tumbling in free space. They'd been too near the ship.
Closed system by Zach Hughes