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Caelum Lex Chapter 21: Truths and Lies
Up in the bridge, Fiearius pulled back the ship's main clutch, watching as the scenery out the window opened up into the deep black of space. They'd managed to depart the port safely, but this hadn't been the quiet, easy pitstop Fiearius had in mind. Tritius Adler's voice filled his head.
Leta doesn't know, he had said coldly. She doesn't need to.
But he had to tell her. Lying to Leta wasn't quite like lying to anyone else. His stomach twisted with guilt when his mind flashed, uneasily, to the bottle of Flush tucked under the dashboard. He hadn't touched the pills in three days, but still, that lie was enough on its own.
But one problem at a time, he thought uneasily. For now, he had to tell her what her father had said. He had to tell her about her mother. He had to. There was no way he -
"So, I was right?"
Fiearius turned back to find he suddenly wasn't alone in the cabin. Cyrus walked in, rubbing his hands on a grease-stained cloth as he climbed through the doorway
Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 20: Hunted
"So what you're saying is, you're giving up," Fiearius snapped as he followed Leta into the sea of people filling the bustling space port. The Dionysian was stopped for the day to refuel, restock and regroup. When they'd landed, the crew had immediately scattered off to explore the array of shops.
Crowded and noisy as the port was, nothing could have prevented their ensuing argument.
"I'm not giving up on anything," said Leta, throwing him a fierce sideways glare. "There's simply no way we can safely go after them now."
Fiearius felt like tearing his hair out. For reasons he could not fathom, Leta thought they shouldn't try to raid any more Society ships after all. It was, in her words, needlessly risky. Stupid. They'd gotten lucky once and it wouldn't happen again.
It was so unlike her to back down on something that Fiearius felt like kicking the nearest bench in frustration. Instead, he scowled and followed after her as she headed toward a grocery store (she was doing an err
Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 19: Safe and Sound
"Look, I'm going as fast as I can, there's nothing more I can do right now," Cyrus was saying as he typed furiously on his console, his glasses sliding down his nose. "This protocol is airtight. Whoever wrote it knew what they were doing."
"If they're so good at it, where the hell are they?" Fiearius growled, hovering over Cyrus' shoulder. He dug a hand into his hair in frustration. It had been almost twelve hours since Leta and Dez had been locked inside the Mariah. Twelve hours. At first, Fiearius had been ready for an all-out offensive. The ship was clearly a planned trap, a classic pirate technique. The distress call served as the bait and the lockdown, the hook. It should have been no time before whoever set it returned to claim their prize.
But as the hours wore on and the radar still showed only the Mariah itself and the Dionysian, carefully suspended beside her, Fiearius eventually holstered his weapon, stripped off his spacesuit and returned to the bridge to help Cyrus instead
Caelum Lex Pt. 2 Chapter 18: The Mariah
This was not, exactly, how Fiearius expected to spend his afternoon. He thought he'd finish breakfast, check in with some of the crew and return to lounging around with a pretty girl for company before evening.
Instead, he was preparing for all the dangers that came with boarding an unknown vessel in the dead of space. Against all of his better judgement, the Dionysian was undergoing the docking sequence: through the airlock's window, he glimpsed the extender reaching out, bridging the gap between the two ships and locking them together. The Dionysian's walls groaned around him and the pressure gauge began to rise.
Grumbling Ridellian curses under his breath, Fiearius started to pull on the pieces of the airtight suit, readying himself for the possibility of hostile oxygen, hostile occupants or both. As he loaded his pistol with a thud of metal, he tried to think of any possible way he could talk Leta out of this mission. But then he snorted to himself, shaking his head. When there was
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