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The Galaxii Series Omnibus 1 By Christina Engela Characters: 5356

Updated: 2018-06-30 19:02

There was to be no retribution against the ordinary populace of the planet, as reprehensible as they may have been – though, it was decided that for the next twenty years, until the ingrained culture of lawlessness had been dislodged and Terran re-education had taken root in the present and future generation, none of its citizens were to be allowed to leave the planet or to resettle anywhere else. In fact, Corsairs captured anywhere else were to be returned or interned on Meradinis as well. This was to allow the Terran Empire to consolidate its grip on the former Corsair sector while eliminating the influence of the Corsairs on the surrounding systems. It was a bold, ambitious plan.

Light years away from the troubled planet called Meradinis, the crew of I.S.S. Antares – now veterans of the Battle of Turtle Island, as it was being called by the folks who wrote history textbooks, found themselves back in deep space on a scouting mission to chart the blank spaces in the Omegan Quadrant.

The Omegan Quadrant! …A vast treacherous blank spot on the star-maps, that surrounded Meradinis – a place where ships went in, and usually didn't come out again – at least, not in the same color. Now that the Corsair threat had been eliminated, its territories were open, and the Terrans could explore it unopposed. If there were any Corsair stragglers hiding out in its dark depths, they wouldn't likely confront a warship, not anymore.

Life as the captain of a starship was far from easy – or simple – but nor was it a chore. In the past eight months that had followed their escapades on the Corsa

stible as she brushed close all around him. He grinned at her concern for his appearance. If it were up to him, he'd go in wearing shorts and a hula shirt.

"Now remember, " She told him huskily. "Try to act surprised – they've gone to a lot of trouble."

"Well." He conceded. "At least now I know why they wouldn't let me into the rec-dec last night. I just don't see what all the fuss is about."

She gave him a look.

"Okay, okay." He relented. "I'll do it."

"You'd better, Captain, sir!" She said firmly. "It's your birthday – and it's not every day a crew is as crazy about their Captain as they are about you, or that they bother to arrange a surprise birthday party!"

"Hey, 'surprise' is my middle name!"

"That would make you Mykl 'Surprise' d'Angelo!" She taunted him, her brow furrowing slightly as she gave him a final inspection. He worked his shoulders in an attempt to loosen the tunic a bit.

"Don't! You'll crease it again!"

"Sorry!" He apologized. "It's just I'm not sure what to expect – it's my first birthday party after all."

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