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Bypass Gemini By Joseph R. Lallo Characters: 5237

Updated: 2018-01-19 19:02

"Suit yourself, more for me, " said his host, taking another bite. "So, you must be excited about this whole project, huh? Finally found a worthwhile thrill."

"You think I'm looking forward to this? You think I want to risk my life?"

"Pff. I know you do. It's who you are. You're a thrill-seeker."

"What makes you think that?"

"Well, you became a freelancer. You don't pick a job like that for the retirement options."

"Hey, you said it yourself. I'm a good pilot. The only thing I ever wanted to do was race, but I'm not allowed to do that anymore. It was either freelance or let my skills go to waste."

"Oh, come on."

"Name one other job I could have done that would have put my skills to the test."

"Test. Pilot, " Karter stated, raising a finger with each word, as though counting off.

For a moment, Lex was silent.

"Don't even pretend like you hadn't thought about it. I've worked for plenty of legitimate engineering firms in my day, and we sent recruiters to all of the tracks. I guarantee you heard from them. High pay, health care, the works. Good pilots are in ridiculously high demand, so they pay top dollar."

It was true. No fewer than three different companies had contacted him during his racing days. One of them twice. Even after the disgrace, he'd had someone show up at his door. He'd turned them down without so much as a second thought because. . . because. . .

As though he'd been listening in on the struggling line of reasoning, Karter chimed in. "You couldn't do that because it isn't exciting enough. Too much

things that we know are bad for us, but we do anyway. You know how you know an addiction when you see one? It is when you enjoy something and tell yourself you don't, or when you don't enjoy something and tell yourself you do. The worst is when it is both at the same time."

He finished his celebratory treat and washed it down with a beer. Lex said nothing.

"I'm hungry now. Vice Stix always give me an appetite. Ma, get food ready."

"Beans, rice, and burritos will be available shortly after Mr. Alexander's departure."

"Do I keep showing up on beans and rice day, or is that seriously all you eat?" Lex asked.

"Beans and rice are a complete protein. Everything a growing boy needs. I think Ma adds vitamins to the mix, too."

"Variety is the spice of life, though."

"Meh, food is fuel. I like to keep it simple. Easier that way, " he said with a shrug, turning to admire the ship. "Oh, that reminds me. You still haven't christened this sucker. You think that dogfight gave you enough of a feel to know what to call it?"

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