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by T. M. Hunter

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Copyright 2009 T. M. Hunter

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“You took too long!”

I glared at the portly man in disbelief. “I didn’t make a single stop. How could I have gotten here faster?”

“It doesn’t matter. I gave the job to someone else.”

“Listen here.” I pointed at him. My rough-hewn face and wavy brown hair reflected in the dark lenses covering his eyes. “A deal is a deal.”

He built up a wad of spit in his chubby cheeks and hocked it at my feet. “I don’t give jobs to people who can’t show up on time.”

He turned away and I grabbed his arm. “You never said anything about a time limit when you offered this job.”

He spun out of my grasp and pulled aside the flap of his blue vest, giving me a glimpse of the small, holstered energy pistol. “Back off.”

I took a step back from the olive-skinned menace. There was a chance I could pull my Mark II blaster first, but I didn’t want to take it. There was plenty of distance between this place and the space dock. Authorities around here wouldn’t be slow. Self-defense would be a tough sell if I shot him first.

He adjusted the dark blue bandana on top of his bald head. “I never want to see your face on Cam again.”

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