Endurance Excerpt #8

For Pride month, I’m posting daily from the first chapter. Pre-order links below. 

The story continues…

The screen filled with the enormous face of a woman. Lyn startled at the intense dark eyes boring into her, angled brows and deep furrows setting Lyn on edge. Instantly, she knew she didn’t want to anger this woman.

“Ani.”

“On it.”

The image shrank to normal and far less threatening. Now her eyes showed boredom more than annoyance. Fine lines from the corners matched the small, but sincere, smile. She had wavy black hair and light brown skin. A beaded evening gown and dangling sparkly earrings meant she was not on duty.

“This is Captain Celeste Bratt. What can I do for you, Captain Randall?”

Lyn reflexively pulled smooth the front of her flight suit. Don’t apologize for ruining her fun.

“There was no need to interrupt your evening, Captain Bratt. I simply pointed out your ship has drifted into our sector. All you need do is return to your contracted orbit. With my thanks.”

Captain Bratt barely controlled a peeved eye roll. Whether directed at Lyn or her nincompoop third officer wasn’t clear.

“Of course.” She glanced to the side, nodded, then faced Lyn with a wider, though still genuine smile. “We haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, Captain, but I’ve heard good things about you.”

“Likewise,” Lyn lied. She’d never heard of Celeste Bratt, but she didn’t know most of the other tour captains.

To be continued…

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