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Chapter 289 of Book 3 is in the queue

July 25, 2014
Posted at 2:40 pm

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

..."The alien ship is moving," the scout's AI said, waking Arlene from a deep sleep. Naked, she came off her bunk at a run, grabbed the edge of her door, spun right, then ran down the short hallway to the bridge. "Brief me," she said, wiggling into her seat as the AI brought her forward screen on line.

"They are operating on a type of gravity drive. Compared to ours, it is inefficient," the AI said, smugly. "Even as we are conversing, they have again matched velocities with the asteroid belt and are shutting down their drive. I surmise that they are moving to another location to facilitate their mining operations, or at least to diminish the distance the tenders have to travel."

Arlene manually brought her ship out near the edge of the belt, but kept some of it between her and her AI's assumed position of the alien ship. She didn't want to do anything in haste that would give her position away and consequently allow the aliens to suspect she was from a nearby planet. Her AI assured her that she was on the same path the alien ship had taken, and fifteen minutes later as she closed the distance, it brought the alien ship's image up on her screen.

Breathing a sigh of relief, she settled in to watch again...

Have a goodun;