BTS Book Reviews Issue 18 - Page 75

with a heavy thud. Her gaze narrowed on him. “Why not?” “Anyana!” He heard Satal yell. He hoped that meant careful. He huffed out a laugh that sent the aching to flame to life once more in his head. “We can’t take a Drakon ship to the UIF. We’d be blown out of the black.” Moments later, he heard the engines of a ship roar to life, and he prayed to God that it was Satal at the helm. The ship shivered and shook, whirling and churning as it throttled forward and finally lifted into the air. Trave counted the moments, ticking by slowly for what seemed an eternity before the lid of the crate finally lifted. He blinked against the light, her face finally coming into focus as his eyes adjusted to the bright light of the Drakon cockpit. “You survived.” “Apparently,” Trave replied as he dragged himself from the box. He crossed the small cockpit and dropped down into one of the two chairs before the casement. Outside, the vast emptiness of space stretch out before him. He shook his head, “I can’t believe that worked.” Satal sat in the chair next to him, flipping switches and pushing buttons on the console. “I have my ways.” “You have authorization commands, do you not?” “Well, yes, but I doubt we’d get close enough for me to relay them.” Satal withdrew his Charger from her hip and narrowed it expertly on his head. The little green light pulsed with the active charge. He blinked, staring at the end of his own weapon. He shook his head. “Should have known better than to trust a Drakon.” “It’s not what you think.” “Oh really?” He huffed out a breath and dragged his hand through his hair. “What do I think?” “That I want the coordinates of the UIF station to relay to the Imperium.” “You are full of surprises.” He nodded. That’s exactly what he thought. “Now, where are we going?” “I could, but that’s not why we’re here.” “Milon sector, 24 mark 2.5.” “Then what do you want?” Her brow furrowed as her hand hovered over the controls. “That is the location of Eden Prime.” “My sister was working at the Trian research facility on Cartilian Five when the last raid hit. I have not heard from her since. I have made rep