Armed with all the information they could salvage from Laria, Rylan’s team emerges from the far side of the Larian sun. Meanwhile Cederic’s team is settling back on the cruiser, fresh from the live world. The captain is eager to orchestrate the debriefing of Cederic and Rylan with the home world. Will Rylan be able to accommodate the captain’s desire for expediency? How will the two team leaders react to the other’s update? And How will the home world react to the knowledge about both worlds?
The silence building around Rylan and Annabelle, shattered when a voice cut through the cockpit. “Rylan, how soon will your team return?”
Rylan’s fingers activated his headset. “Captain, we’re clearing the sun.” He swiveled to another display and studied it for a moment. “Has Cederic’s crew arrived back yet?”
“They docked a few minutes ago,” the captain said.
Annabelle spun around in her chair, activating her comm. “Did you tell them what we found on the surface?”
The captain choked off a curse. “Have I told you what they learned?”
“No, sir,” Rylan replied while he glared at his copilot. With another few adjustments, the shuttle’s engines hummed louder, and the ship lurched forward. “I assume they had no more trouble with the planet’s atmosphere.”
“No,” the captain stated. “Now hurry back.”
“Cheery,” Annabelle muttered after the captain closed the channel.
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