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Journey to Belon, Part 12

In her quarters, Ellie was ready to commit some murder herself. How dare her parents just reject Todd without even getting to know him. But, oh! They had—in their own ambassadorial way. She should have known they’d investigate anyone who’d dare to fall in love with...

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Journey to Belon, Part 11

Forty minutes and several compressed ribs later, she stood before Todd in a traditional Chatwayan dress, with all the poofs and flounces and a girdle that was a size too small by human standards. The collar was three layers of stiff fabric in accordion folds that...

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Journey to Belon, Part 10

Indeed Gregar’s voice could be heard above the general low chatter of the room. He had the Tortugan ambassador cornered and was demanding to know how he intended to vote. Commander Smythe was trying to intervene with little success. Her father sighed. “We’ll be just a...

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Journey to Babel, Part 9

Half an hour later, Ellie left Todd to get ready. She gave him strict orders not to select Chatwayan formal dress; she didn’t think she could see him in jodhpurs without laughing. “You’re from Europa. Wear something Europan.” Then she left to go “stand on her head,”...

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Journey to Babel, Part 8

They did not lose the ship, although Lt. Cruz had a lot of fun trying. When Commander Deary called the bridge to declare that his engines “couldnae take it anymore,” Tonio obliged by taking them from Warp 10 to 1 so quickly that the other ship overshot. He put them...

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Journey to Belon, Part 7

Todd was grinning as he took readings of a particularly tricky nook in engineering that required precise cleaning. Unlike his fiancé, he’d gotten a full night’s sleep, albeit on Lt. LaFuentes’ couch, and had a leisurely breakfast alone while he went over requests for...

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Journey to Belon, Part 6

At 29 minutes and 48 seconds, Ellie stepped onto the bridge of the Impulsive. On the viewscreen was an image of the immediate space before them, with a tug ship applying tractor beams to the stranded luxury transport, Immaculata. If only their engines had lived up to...

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Journey to Belon, Part 5

If you didn’t know that the ambassadors, though human, had come from an alien planet hundreds of light-years from Earth, you might have thought they’d stepped out of a time machine. Ellie’s mom, Ambassador Natalie Doall, wore a regal floor-length gown with ruffles and...

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Journey to Belon, Part 4

Captain’s Log, Intergalactic Date 677061.95 The Impulsive has been called to the Parada system, where the Union transport ship, Immaculata, is dead in space after a malfunction of their warp drive converter. Naturally, according to its captain, they were scheduled for...

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Journey to Belon, Part 3

Captain’s Personal Log, Intergalactic Date 677061.20 Finally! Our janbots have arrived. I’ll be so glad not to clean my own toilet. As a bonus, it looks like we’ll be keeping Todd Ahndmor for a week or so as he runs them through their paces to make sure they’re fully...

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Journey to Belon, Part 2

Loggy approached the captain. “This is a grand day, Captain. The grapevine’s already spreading the word. The Rec Officer put in a request for 300 confetti bombs to celebrate.” Jeb snickered but replied seriously. “Let’s hold off the parades for a bit. I’m going to...

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Deadly Decorum by Jacqueline Vick

I know you guys like mysteries, so we interrupt this episode of Space Traipse: Hold My Beer to introduce you to another fun series: The Harlow Brothers Mysteries by Jacqueline Vick. She recently put out Book 3 in the series, Deadly Decorum, which is a truly fun title....

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