Short/raw snippet of FL7

“Are you part of the crew?” the young man sitting on the landing pad asked.

“That I am,” Gordon confessed. “Didn’t your boss give you our pix to let you identify us? Werner is usually more thorough than that.”

“I’d appreciate it if you give me a chance to call Werner and verify you have access,” the young fellow said. “Not that I have any illusions I could stop you but I had orders to keep it secure and he probably expects me to do that or die trying. I’m hoping to stay in this job after things get halfway normal so I want to keep him happy.”

He was wearing a Taser and never showed any inclination to reach for it to reassure himself. Maybe he was smart enough to survive in this job.

“No need,” Gordon told him. “There’s nothing in the Silk Road I need until we board again to leave. I’ll just sit here on the other side of this landing pad until my people get bored with the displays and come out. I’m got a big long alien name you’d never remember anyhow, but I’m Gordon. Gordon of Red Tree if you want to remember that,”

Gordon offered a true hand which actually made the poor fellow jerk in surprise. He blushed at his reaction and shook hands with the monster.

“I’m Guy Cooper,” the deputy said.

Gordon smiled really big. To Guy’s credit he didn’t flinch at that.

“When I was younger my clan wanted me to be a cooper and furniture maker. I ran away from home to escape that. I know how to make a barrel but since leaving nobody has asked me to make one. All that training was wasted. Sad…”

“What do you do on the, uh, Silk Road?” Guy asked, glancing over his shoulder. “I’m not surprised they have a very limited need for barrels.”

“It’s a brand-new ship and I’m not familiar with it enough to fly it, though I do know command. I sat the weapons board this trip. It has some new things I haven’t seen before and it’s kind of interesting. The software is crap though. It would be fine for ordering carryout at a taco joint but to manage actions in the heat of battle it would eventually kill you. I’ve made a start on multi-layered subroutines but I’m still thinking on it. I don’t want my daughter’s ship to be hampered by software slower than your thinking ability.”
Gordon paused and looked embarrassed.

“I’m sorry. You triggered something in which I’m interested and I could go on about it until you fall over from boredom.”

“No, that was rather interesting,” Guy said. “A couple of the local news dogs showed video of you guys running to your ship to rush off and intercept an intruder. They weren’t very clear on all the details of who was who but I’m glad we have some people with muscle in case the Earthies come back.”

“Werner knows all the details if you can get him to stand still long enough to tell you,” Gordon told him and smiled.

“Yeah, I see you know the chances of that already,” Guy said amused.

“To tell you the bare bones. There isn’t much of North America left to threaten anybody. Their power in the heavens is broken and their ability to recover ended. There are still ships of theirs that may be a danger but what Central on the Moon hasn’t hunted down there are privateers with a Central mandate hunting them down because they’ll never be paid what the Earthies owe them. Their solely owned worlds and station are fair game too with little left to protect them. My daughter and I discovered this world and the Earthies cut us off our payments too. That’s why she is here to repossess it and see it doesn’t collapse from being cut off. There are plenty of other worlds and stations abandoned to their own devices with nobody having a clear interest or the means to rescue them.”

“But I thought the owner, Ms. Anderson, was a human,” Guy said confused.

“She is but we discovered Providence together. Her folks died here when we screwed up and had a camp that the local Velociraptor analogs overran like the electric fence wasn’t there. That left her owning two shares and me the remaining third. I was the only family left she’d ever known.”

“Oh, torpid lizards. Yeah, we don’t let them get too close to town,” Guy said. “OK, so you are her adoptive father,” Guy deduced.

“Bless you, my son. I had to kill a few thousand Earthies and destroy trillions of dollars of ships before they would agree that was possible. You just arrived at that conclusion without needing it explained in little words.”

“I know we can be asses but don’t make me feel bad for being Human.”

“I’m really fond of quite a few Humans. At least the sort who fled Earth.”

“I didn’t get here by accident,” Guy said. “I get where you are coming from.”

Guy was leaning forward with his pad in both hands thumbing it.

“What ya searching?” Gordon asked. “They don’t make veracity software for Derf.”

“Privateer,” Guy said.

Gordon let him read awhile without interruption.

“Sailing ships,” Guy muttered and continued reading. He looked up Gordon amazed. “I never hear of any of this stuff.”

“There’s a whole bunch of really old video that will amuse you,” Gordon said. “Look up Buccaneers, pirates, treasure ships, and the Jolly Roger in the new web fraction we
brought this trip.”

Thanks, I’ll do that. I like videos, new or old, even flatties,” Guy said.

“What sort do you like?” Gordon wondered.

“Oh, the bodice rippers, romances,” Guy said grinning.

“No kidding?” Gordon said keeping a straight face. “I think I see my people coming out,” he said and excused himself.

18 Responses to Short/raw snippet of FL7

  1. Benny E. Floyd May 26, 2024 at 12:30 pm #

    Excellent! Thank you for the snippet. I am looking forward to my re-read of the series when the next book comes out.

    • Sarah May 26, 2024 at 2:44 pm #

      That was an enjoyable snippet. I just re-listened to the audio version of the series and fell in love with it all over again. Now I am all caught up for when this releases!

  2. Jerry May 26, 2024 at 2:30 pm #

    Should read “died here”. Possibly “dyed her” but the first seems to fit better. 🙂

    Really looking forward to this book.


  3. Zebulon Dakota May 26, 2024 at 11:10 pm #

    I always look forward to snippets! And stand ready to buy the books as soon as they come out 🙂

  4. Teresa May 27, 2024 at 9:57 am #

    Can’t wait to read the full novel!

  5. Melvyn May 27, 2024 at 11:07 am #

    Thanks Mac-keeping me hooked as usual

  6. Cheryl May 30, 2024 at 10:15 pm #

    Love this snippet, looking forward to the book

  7. M. Harris May 31, 2024 at 6:50 am #

    Thank you for the snippet. I hope your recovery is going well.

    I love the universe which you’ve created in April and Family Law. I’m sure that we all hope your continuing good health and interest will allow us to read more of both series.

  8. jimh June 1, 2024 at 4:52 pm #

    Thanks, Mac! Hope y’all are doing well. LOVE your stories AND these snippets in advance.

  9. Bruce June 5, 2024 at 7:04 pm #

    I know this is just the rough draft but figured if you catch it now it won’t be missed later. In the 5th paragraph it has this:

    “I’m got a big long alien name you’d” I do believe I’m should be I.

    • Mac June 6, 2024 at 7:16 pm #

      thanks – never hurts to point them out. I write fast and correct slowly.

  10. Michael June 14, 2024 at 5:41 pm #

    So was rereading The Long View, was Mike Morris doing business with Lee’s birth Father?

    Can’t wait to see Lee’s next couple of ships! Reactionless thrusters ARE magic!

    • Mac June 19, 2024 at 1:56 pm #

      That was what was intimated.

  11. Sam June 15, 2024 at 6:14 pm #

    Any idea of a release date mack ?

    • Mac June 15, 2024 at 7:06 pm #

      I’m hoping some time in July.

      • Sam June 16, 2024 at 9:57 pm #

        Good to know, thanks

  12. Leo June 19, 2024 at 12:40 pm #

    Mac, it has been months since I’ve read on my Kindle. lots of print books instead.

    Your recent comment about a possible July publication date has the Kindle plugged in and charging so I can re-read your previous stories.

    Thanks again for doing what you do. Your writing brings joy to me and thousands of people.

    • Mac June 19, 2024 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks. Makes me feel good today.

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