Project Enterprise Series
By Pauline Baird Jones
From Pets in Space 5
She’s a lady with a crazy story and a frog for a side-kick. He’s a general who has been waiting for his Picard moment for a long time.
General John Halliwell, Commander of the Project Enterprise Earth Expedition, has spent most of his time in the Garradian Galaxy being shot at and shooting back. When a mysterious and intriguing lady arrives on Kikk asking for some non-shooting help, he is intrigued enough to listen. It doesn’t hurt that the lady’s easy on his eyes, close to his own age, and not under his command. He doesn’t mind a chance to show the galaxy that their expedition can do more than point and shoot. That it’s the closest to a holiday he’s going to get for a while, might have tipped the scales too. The problem is, he believes she believes, but her story is too unbelievable to believe. Or something like that.
All Naxe has ever known is a life of hiding and providing, but with the end of the war, freedom feels further than ever. Why are they still hiding from the rest of the galaxy? Why aren’t the ships of Scoyfol finally going home? In a bid to break the stalemate gripping the ships’ company, she breaks all the rules and asks General Halliwell for help. It’s a bonus that he is the first man in her life to remind her she’s a woman, that life could be about more than endless scavenging runs to help feed her people.
But when she brings the general and his team to the Scoyfol ships, something has gone terribly wrong. What is the true story of Scoyfol? As Halliwell and Naxe get closer and closer to the truth, he realizes he’s getting his Picard moment, but with shooting. Because shooting happens. But if they can survive he might just get to kiss the lady.
Originally published in the Pets in Space 5 Anthology.