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First Bounty

Published by Brad Chambers at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Brad Chambers
Edited by Jessica Chambers
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Keri's head popped up in surprise as the music thumping through the ship stopped and a metallic voice came over the com in its place. "Altair, you are cleared for docking. Please follow the homing beacon in to loading dock F."

Pushing off from the bulkhead she floated across the cargo hold to the flight control room. Landing on the catwalk, she stepped through into the control room and sat in the center chair, sinking into the cushions as the suction automatically kicked in. Reaching out and punching at the screen with her index finger, she turned down her music and then turned on the receiver for the docking beacon. She felt the steering drives kick in and line the ship up with the dock and then automatically slow the Altair down to docking speed. Knowing it would take an hour to make the approach on auto, Keri left the control room and went back to her work.

Floating back across the hold she looked down at the cargo stacked below her. This was the third load for her since taking control of the ship on Phelon. All her spare time while hauling had been spent fixing all the little things the previous owners had let go. Lubing moving parts, replacing seals, and just cleaning everything that had been left filthy. It was starting to shape up and turn into a real cargo ship.

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