In the Line of Duty
Copyright 2010 M.C.A. Hogarth
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Standing waist-deep in warm water, First Commander Alysha Forrest of the UAV Scattersky watched as six of the alien Platies swam in a circle around her hips. She offered her hand and felt Neon rub velvety skin against her fingers. No one quite understood how the Platies fit their sapience into their flat oval bodies; like the round and fuzzy Flitzbe, no one even understood what the Platies wanted of the Alliance. But many ships carried several Platies in their water environments anyway, and Alysha found their brilliant colors and the ripple of their skins calming.