The Element of Surprise

by Kris Katzen

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Published by Bluetrix Books, Smashwords edition.

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The Element of Surprise

"Commander, we should leave. Now."

Surprised, Meg Nichols looked up from the program she'd been reading. The concert had been wonderful—the singer was in magnificent voice as usual—and now Nichols was relaxing and finishing up the last of her drink. Even the vaunted Earth Military Force gave their officers leave time once in a while.

But the tension in Allie Oshikawa's voice, although she'd spoken softly, instantly caught Nichols' attention. Nichols glanced at her friend saw the young woman's eyes rapidly scanning the upscale bar.

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