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Altair's Acquisition
Published by Brad Chambers at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Brad Chambers
Edited by Jessica Chambers
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Sean Beechum stepped through the doorway into the dim flight control room and looked out at the darkness of space, broken only by a dusting of stars. It was a view that made him feel comfortable. After five years in the military with four years of it in space aboard the Aphelion, it was like looking out at his front yard. After four years onboard the Aphelion before it’s destruction and the death of the entire crew, another year on board the Patera, formerly the Bounty, Space was home. Looking to his left at the lone occupant in the control room, he could see his partner Derek's face in the glow of the controls. For some reason the man kept the lights turned down when he was navigating. Reaching over to the button next to the door, Beech turned the lights on and sat down in the chair to his right. The heat of his body activated the suction of the chair which pulled him into the cushion like gravity would.

"Did you have a good workout?" Derek asked without looking up from the dim screen he was poking with his finger.

"Yes, I did," Beech replied, "She's getting harder to beat every day."

"Don't tell her that, she's already got an attitude," Derek said with a faint smile.

"You got that right," Beech chuckled.

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