Da! Alex pushed the dog out of her way, cursing as it made her stumble and knock into the person behind her. She adjusted the heavy cross upon her back, the ammo strap across her chest creaking as it shifted across her leather jacket and the metal mounting making a dull metallic scraping. She tipped her hat in apology to the older gentleman, who shot her a dirty look as he moved around her, and she followed after through the crowd, taking in the busy city sounds. Wherere you takin me old man? Youre not my only client today, yknow.
He looked back at her, his bald head reflecting the sunlight like the windows of the ships that lined the port. Not much further, he assured her, pulling his belt up from his hips to his waist, as it had been sliding down the whole time they had been walking. And youll be willing to cancel your appointments once you see the job Ive got for you.
Uff da, you better not be bluffing. The note you sent made it sound like a real cash in. As she said this, a small child started following her at her heels. He was dressed in rags and had only one shoe, his other foot wrapped in a filthy, ragged bandage. Get outta here, she shot at the kid, who saw the spiked dagger on her sword belt and immediately stopped, being left behind by the odd pair.
Here we are, he said a few minutes later, leading her into a shack hidden behind a booth that sold various fruits from around the world an honest enough living on the surface. There was a lamp on a table in the center of the room, lighting the shack with a dim glow and setting out sharp, dark shadows that seemed to crawl with eyes. Have a seat.
Cautious, Alex removed the cross from her back, leaning it against a wall with a moment of hesitation, questioning if the shabby wall would be able to support the weight, and sat on the dirt floor in front of the table. What kind of job are you talking? The last one you gave me turned out to be nothin, and paid the same. Dont try to play me again it will be the last time.
Thats done and over with, he said, brushing off the topic as if she had never brought it up. I assure you this job will pay more than you made last month. He sat down across from her, a ruddy-looking file in his hand. I need you to steal a ship for me.
Alex stared at him a moment before replying with a heavy exhale, Thats quite a job there
What kinda ship are we talking?
A University Transport Vehicle, he replied, pulling an image out of the file and handing it to her. He received another exhale in response, and continued. Its a main transport ship to the University Headquarters
All of the information is in the file.
She took it from him and thumbed through, This mustve taken quite some time to gather
Whats the catch?
With a toothy grin, he took the file back, Always so suspicious, yet never about the right things, arent you?
Im not interested in what you need the ship for, as long as I get paid for getting it. How muchre we talking?
The man grinned again, sliding the file back to her with the new assurance that she would take the job, All of the information you need is in there, he assured her, and hustled her out the door without another word, shoving her cross after her.