Kila said, “Speaking of hope…I have interesting news on the young lady you keep encountering on Copeland’s ship. Her name is Hope, which I’m sure you wanted to know.”
“General Nath’s daughter? Oh, you saw our second encounter.” Piras sighed, knowing the teasing that was coming.
“I did. You are a shameless flirt, Piras.” He snickered.
Lokmi wasted no time on jumping in. “You were flirting with the enemy? Admiral, your efforts to gain influence and information know no bounds. Sex as a spy tool…nice.”
“Shut up, Lokmi. She’s an interesting woman.”
Kila’s ever-present grin was the widest Piras had ever seen it. “You have no idea. And she’s far from an enemy, it turns out. Her and her father are part of a resistance effort against Copeland.”
Thunderstruck, Piras stared at him. “General Nath? He’s against Copeland?”
“Oh yes. I still need to look at the files I gathered to give you the full story. I’m not entirely up to speed on the depth of their activities or how many others are part of this Earther rebellion.”
Piras’s heart pounded. General Nath was plotting against the Holy Leader. His daughter was involved. “Maybe his ships aren’t as bad off as he’d said. Maybe he’s playing for time too. Kila, I want a full report as soon as possible.”
Lokmi was smiling almost as much as Kila, catching the excitement. “I’ll also submit a full report on what I found on Sitrel’s destroyer as well, Admiral.”
“And I can supplement that now that I should have access to the network.” Piras’s mind flew over what they’d learned. It was time to get the mission rolling at full bore. “Let’s compile all our information. Call a meeting with your senior staff, Captain. Everyone needs to review and discuss how we proceed from here. We’ll get together in…three hours?”
“Yes, Admiral. I should have all the pertinent information about General Nath ready for review by then.”
The three men headed out to the respective duties. Piras was nearly giddy with excitement over the turn of events. Maybe the potential Earther allies would turn out to be more trouble than they were worth, but Piras was ready to indulge in a little hope.
He almost laughed at the thought. Given the name of General Nath’s daughter, the idea of indulging in ‘hope’ had an interesting connotation.
Releasing Summer 2017