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Pete Collins was trying to get his wife, Linda away from their son, daughters and grandkids. They were the last to load into Auntie, the ancient Alcantaran spaceship Galactic Antiquarian, which Ron Calvin, Gus Ghaolh and Tik Michi had used to escape from the Bugs. Ron had been a neighbor here on Earth, while Gus was a Sandghost from Prokne in the Coddington's Nebula and Tik was from Vesta IV in the Melpomene galaxy. The three of them had been kidnapped off their home planets and enslaved on a Bug mother ship. After they escaped, they just wanted to use Auntie to trade with other planets but when the Bugs and their allies had threatened Earth, the trio had stepped in to stop them. The ensuing mess had left over 300 damaged warships sitting not too far from Earth. The trio, their families and friends had spent a brutal month rescuing Bugs and their slaves off those warships. There had been a lot of flying time to move the Bug captives to a secret POW planet for the Bugs. The Dar Es Salaam Traders had jumped in to help get all the Bug slaves taken back to their home planets if they wanted to go. Some hadn't wanted to go back to a backward planet and they volunteered to stay and help salvage the damaged warships or do anything to stay in a spaceship.
The Charter Navy had helped with the rescue of prisoners from the Hanami Federation and had made arrangements for them to be exchanged. The Hanami Federation had tried to protest and wanted their warships back but Ron, Tik and Gus had already applied for salvage rights and had people working on the ships at that point.