The Louvre Still Stands: The Outer World Chronicles (EP)

 The Louvre Still Stands: The Outer World Chronicles

       Gwyndalaria studied the turquoise and white planet that filled the view screen. She flipped the com button ending the transmission and leaned back in her chair. “It’s always good to be home.”
      “It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?”
      “Too long, and this time I can’t visit Gran. I hope she doesn’t find out we’ve been here without stopping in.”
      “She’d understand.”
      Gwyn frowned. “I doubt it.”
      “Well, once we drop this load and pick up another, we can come back and stay awhile. Maybe get some sailing in, or visit your friend Babylonia.
      Gwyn shut her eyes. “Sailing sounds nice. But, first things first, right. Always work.” She grinned, “And what could be better than this work?”
       Adrik kissed the top of her head. “Nothing beats this work.” He plopped down into the co-pilot chair. “Do you think he’ll help, Gwyn?”
      “Chances are good. I’ve known him a long time. He’s the best at what he does, and he likes to make money.”
  The navigation button beeped and turned green. “He’s let the shields down.”
      “Yep. You better get out of sight, Adrik.”
      He laughed. “Consider it done. I’m going to store myself in the cargo hold. You tell Rodrigo our needs, and if he’s willing, come and get me. Take your pulse pistol, just in case.” Adrik kissed her cheek.
“Of course.” Gwyn lowered the Pleiades to the planet’s surface. Tortuga station sprawled out around the landing pad. Gwyn gasped. “I can’t believe how it’s grown since the last time I was home."
The com crackled. “Gwyn, you there?”
“Yes. It’s great to hear your voice again.”
        “Yours, too. I almost couldn’t believe it when they told me who was waiting on the platform.”
        “Hey, why don’t you come aboard? I need to talk to you, face to face.”
        “Sure. Give me about fifteen. I have some loose ends to tie up.”
        “Don’t you always?” Gwyn laughed, “It’s lucrative.”
        “Well, why didn’t you say so? I’m on my way.”
“I knew they’d get your attention. I’ll meet you at the cargo bay door.”

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