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Loderunner By Christina Engela Characters: 5165

Updated: 2018-06-30 12:01


It seemed at last one member of the crew was dissatisfied. "Lemme get this straight. You put our lives at risk to save this little bender from a criminal organization like the Olduvai Trust? Tell me – are you nuts? Are you suicidal? "

Tim pointed an angry finger at Triple-J. "I hear a word like bender out of your mouth again and I'll wash your mouth out with de-greasing fluid! And anyway, what was I supposed to do?"

"I dunno – Just keep going? Not get involved?" Triple-J cried, waving his arms around. "I mean, as soon as they know the kid ain't where he's supposed to be they're going to start lookin' for the people that saw him last!"

"Yeah." Said Bubba quietly, seeing Triple-J's point. "And that's us."

Tim saw it too. It didn't look very promising.

"Near as I can figure it, " He reasoned, "We did the right thing. We delivered the fare, didn't we? Things went south when they tried to kill us afterwards – that was self-defense. And we rescued the kid from the shipwreck, didn't we? What else were we supposed to do? Leave him?"

There was a general rumble of agreement.

"Now, I'm not suggesting we go down to Mars and take on the Olduvai Trust!"

"So?" Deire asked, straight to the point. "What are you suggesting?"

"The gang will be looking for a boy, won't they? We keep the kid under cover here on the ship, out of sight, where he's safe. We go down to Mars and find us a fare and leave. No mess, no fuss."

Tim had promised Jaymie he would get her – him, home. The trouble was, he didn't know how he could.

en he realized he was staring. At Jaymie and her reflection in the dressing table mirror she was sitting at.

"Umm…" He began.

"Captain Skooch, " Vic called formally, "May I introduce, Miss Jaymie Vallantdorf?"

Jaymie gave a little curtsey, then giggled naughtily. To say he was stunned would be an understatement. He'd never seen anybody do a curtsey sitting down before. He never met anybody who could pull it off before either. He completely forgot to point out that Deire was the skipper and he was just the owner. Besides, under the circumstances 'Captain' was starting to sound pretty good.

"Just helping out a little, boss." Vic explained. "They'll be looking for a boy won't they? And you did say 'under cover'? Well this way… anyway, it seems like the sensible thing to do."

"Er... yes?" He ventured, hoping that it was the right answer.

"Vic's been helping me out with make-up and clothes." Jaymie explained. "I'm a little out of practice. And I had nothing left cos Jones didn't let me have anything."

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