by Kris Katzen
Published by Bluetrix Books, Smashwords edition.
© 2011 by the author
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Brandon Butcher wound up and slapped the woman, sending her flying across the brig. She slammed into the gray metal wall and landed insensate on the floor, blood running down the side of her pale face from her temple and matting in her dark hair.
Butcher heaved a huge breath, half a sigh, half a groan. He hated what he was doing. And he seemed to be having that thought far too often since taking Courage into the area of space occupied by the Wyneeri. Then he thought of seven million dead, and the possible destruction of other worlds in the Sol system, and that solidified his resolve.