John walked down the platform of the Constellation and nodded to Daniel. “We have our orders. Get ready to disembark as soon as possible.”
“Why this mission?”
John began to tie his tie. “Don’t be stupid. Admiral Tift was one of my sponsors when I purchased you. She is very supportive to us financially and with moral. If something happens to her we may lose ground in the human world as well as a strategician for the war.”
Alexandrea followed John and helped in shouldering on his coat. “But the Admiral is aging isn’t she?”
John smiled secretly. “Age isn’t everything.”
Alexandrea’s eyes faded. “The Dayflower is within range.” She announced.
John reached over and touched the panel on the elevator. “Perhaps Admiral. At the moment there are more important things on our plate.” He flashed a childish smile. “I never got to give a lovely lady like yourself a drink for your help in the bid for the Constellation.” The elevator stopped at the bridge. “Daniel, please escort Admiral Tift to my study.”
Daniel nodded and carried the bags to the other elevator across the bridge. In her presence the other half breeds stopped in the middle of their work and stood in attention for the Admiral as she passed. “This is much better reception than on the Dayflower.” She glanced at the weapons strapped on the persons of the half-breeds. “And better armed for that matter.”
Daniel stepped on the second elevator and programmed it to the study. “Captain Sinclair has issued an order for all of us and Alexandrea strictly enforces it. Any of us caught without an arm during their waking hours will be facing her wrath. As for your reception it comes from our backgrounds where anything less will come with a severe penalty.”
The doors slid closed. “Seems like I should slide a few humans onto this crew to be taught some manners.”
Daniel sighed. “Permission to speak freely?”
“If a human was treated with half of the torment that most of us had to go through, most would not be well adjusted.” The doors reopened and he placed the bags near the elevator door.
“That may be true.” She said finally after settling onto the couch in the room. “But some may learn respect and orders.” She paused thinking. “See if Sinclair has a wine on this little tub of his.”
Daniel pulled his ears back and closed his eyes. Learn respect? What respect do you have? “Yes sir.”
Meanwhile John leaned over his communications officer. “That is too close for comfort.”
“Dayflower wouldn’t detach any sooner.” Alexandrea complained. “I’m still trying to get away from her but she keeps dogging me. I can’t get my main drive online until she is out of my way.”
“According to Outpost Ten those Dekedai hounds are on our tails.” The communications officer tapped the screen.
John tapped on a calculator with another Sinclair looking over his shoulder. He finally looked up like he was considering for a moment, then nodded. “Alright it’s risky but we have to get away from the Dayflower.” He pointed at the screen. “We are in danger of being caught here while this stupid escort is hanging around us. Drop from the plain that we are at and break free of the escort. Once we are free we can burn hot and hard for Outpost Seven, Eight if we can’t make it. We can get back on this plain once we get free of our escort.”
“We could do that but it will take our thrusters some time to break free of this plain. Will the new engines make it in time and take the strain?” The tall Sinclair looked down overtop John.
“Of course Admiral.” John smiled as he took the glass from her. “One short nap and we’ll be there.”
The admiral laid down on the couch, her eyes closed before her head landed on the soft padded arm of the couch. John turned away his features twisted to dark hatred. Stupid drunkard of a woman! However she got to be an Admiral I will never contemplate.