The MechWarrior saga continuesThe Clan Sea Fox is about to be torn asunder. ovKhan Sha Clarke wants to rule his own faction of warriors, and take his rightful share of wealth, glory, and power. But ovKhan Petr Kalasa knows Sha is plotting a rebellion, and will stop him at any cost.
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October 06, 2004
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Excerpt from Hunters of the Deep by Randall N. Bills
Clan Sea Fox CargoShip Voidswimmer
Zenith Jump Point, Augustine System
Prefecture VII, The Republic
20 June 3134
The scientists swarmed like microbes, attacking the body of their experiment in their desire (need!) to make their work succeed.
Petr floated just above the deck in the Scientist Quarter of the Voidswimmer, observing the almost frantic activity with satisfaction. They do this for me, for the Clan.
"We barely deploy the sails and already you have the scientists jumping through hoops? Oh great one, what hoops may I jump through?"
Petr turned to find Jesup expertly sliding in next to him, though he engaged his magnetic slips to latch himself to the deck.
"I see you are moving better today, quiaff?" Petr said with a tight smile.
"Aff, oh my most observant ovKhan. A good night's rest strapped into your bunk will make any bruise disappear as an underarmored vehicle flees before a storm of PPCs."
Petr's smile became real under the deluge of sarcasm and feigned sophistry. Jesup did not possess the seasoning to untangle the tight whorls of current in a negotiation, yet he seemed to delight in hiding his true intelligence behind a facade of obviousness. It made him look stupid at times. A lack that, normally, Petr could not stand.
Good thing he makes me laugh, among his other qualities.
A minor tone insistently pierced their conversation. They both turned.
"So the experiment," Jesup said, more seriously than usual; they both regarded a veritable mountain range of computer terminals, monitors and other objects Petr simply couldn't identify.
"Proceeding apace." Petr tasted the breakfast paste he had swallowed too quickly in his desire to arrive early. Be tasting it all day. He grimaced, then brightened as the tone changed slightly. It would begin soon.
"Hard to believe scientist Kif outbid scientist Jonnic for the right to present first."
Petr shrugged. "Scientist Kif believes he has found the answer that has eluded us."
"Do you not wonder if he might have pushed too hard, too fast? He has a reputation for recklessness. His attempt could be disastrous."