Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

THE COMPANY OF ADVENTURERS

By Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly All Rights Reserved ©

Scifi

Blurb

THE COMPANY OF ADVENTURERS When two ex-convicts bought a clapped out spaceship for a new, possibly almost legal, business as interworld truckers, they could not have imagined that fifteen years later they would be juggling babies, slavers, butterflies and frozen livestock. With an engineer who can fix anything, a horny cook, three kids and a travelling medical clinic on board, every day presents a new challenge; whether it is escaping an angry crimelord on a farflung moon, or enrolling children in the central education system. Their jobs take them through a system of terraformed planets and moons where a strong central government's reach weakens in the New Worlds, leaving gaps where the rule of law becomes at best a suggestion. Communications are advanced, but trees are rare. Newlyweds, belly dancers, farmers, cultists. People looking for a brighter future somewhere Out There. The Company of Adventurers is a family saga covering those 15 years as Rand Hudson and Dita Aglukak move from robbery and smuggling to find themselves prosperous and almost respectable.

Chapter One: A Tonne Of Money

Rand Hudson glared at Snake. “What d’ya mean the cargo is bronzers? ”

“Puts new meaning in the name two-bit thief, don’t it, boss?” ,Dita Aglukak, pilot of Rand’s ship, Bluebell put in.

“Heyyyy, Rand. Don’t get yer knickers in a bunch. We’re not stealin a few coins here. There’s a tonne …an acktuel tonne. …of coin available.”

“What is that in value?” asked Dita.

“Ah, that’s the right question. It’s one an a half million twobyte coins. Total value three million.”

“An our cut?” asked Rand.

“Five percent, on accounta the biggest problem will be disposing of them all. But that’s gonna be my problem.”

“So. Fifteen thou. In bronzers?”

“Nah. In platinum, or notes if ya want.”

“Coin, any day.”

“So, we’re agreed?”

“Let’s look at the plan, anyways.”

Marco Majumdar surveyed the dockyard. At this late hour, it was quiet and locked down. Bright lights flooded the place.

“Do they got dogs?” he asked Rand.

“Snake sez it’s took care of, same as the watchman.”

“Dogs don’t take bribes.”

“But they like high meat, even if it’s doctored. The watch is givin them something special with their dinner t’night. And then he keeps his back turned and we chloroform him, just a little.”

Dita had hotwired a stolen hauler for the container-trailer. Wearing the same thin leather gloves as the men, she swung clumsily into the van whose door had been crudely jimmied.

“I hate lookin so unprofessional, Rand,”said Marco.

“Stop callin me by name, durin a heist then. We don’t know that the yard ain’t miked too.”

“There’s cameras?”

“Course there’s cameras. That’s why Dita has the pregnant belly and blonde wig. That’s why the full beards. An’ why the burnooses. An why the truck hasta look like some amateurs took it.”

Dita checked her watch. “Showtime, boss.”

The plan went smooth. Marco ‘overcame’ the watchman and duct taped him to an office chair, with just enough roughness to keep the cops from suspicion. The stolen hauler was hitched to the container-trailer easily, since hitching and unhitching containers was a normal task for the crew of a freighter

Then they were out of the gate, closing it behind them, and driving quietly into the centre of the city, where it was easy to get lost in the traffic. After an hour or so of random driving, they headed over a bridge to the pickup point, another transit yard, this one near the spaceport.

At that yard, a new crew took over unloading the container into four smaller vehicles. One of Snake’s men, took Dita’s belly and wig and drove the rig back into the city. He would abandon it near where it was stolen and dump the disguise in the washroom of a fast food restaurant. With luck, a tired cleaner would just toss the washroom trash into their dumpster and it would not be found.

“Providin he don’t decide to choose a bar instead. Cops will check those first.”

“His problem, not ours.”

Snake had sent one of his gangsters to deliver their pay. Each got a heavy purse with 5,000 in platinum coin, which took a lot less room and weight than the bronzers had. The purses were still heavy, Rand gloated.

Mamie picked them up walking a few blocks from the transit yard in the mule. The burnooses and fake beards went into a charity clothing bin on the way back to the spaceport.

“Now we make a quick getaway in case the feds catch on to us, but we ain’t got nuthin with us that connects us to the caper.”

“Ooh, we did a caper! We never get to do a caper!” Mamie and Marco high fived.

Rand groaned. “Don’t celebrate yet. Snake is still using us. If the Feds manage to connect a ship leaving port quick after the ….robbery….” Mamie looked disappointed that Rand hadn’t said ‘caper’ again.” We could still be in trouble. We gotta stash the coin for a while.”

“We’re not far from my folks, boss. I could go for a short visit,” said Mamie .

“He got someplace to bank this coin?”

“Easy peasy. My daddy’s got more outbuildin’s that he got kids.”

“Thank you for bringin my lil girlie back for this visit, Captain Hudson.”

“Thank you for lettin me take her in the first place, Mr. Dieudonne.”

“An the money she’s been sendin home, I can’t say that hasn’t been a help. Her lil sister is as smart with her head as Mamie is with her hands. We’re hopin we can afford to send her to university after she finishes her Twelve. All the kids is putting in a bit for her tuition.”

Rand took the plunge. “Mr. Dieudonne, I gotta proposition for you. We done pretty good on our last job, pulled in some good coin. I don’t like banks an I don’t like carryin too much cash money around with us.”

“Mmmphm.”

“Would you see your way clear to letting us keep a good portion here. Mamie says you got lotsa outbuildings for storage.”

“This cash money wouldn’t be in bronzers, would it, Captain Hudson?”

“Nossir! We got paid in platinum.”

“You heard about the Great Bronzer Robbery on Caligula?”

“We don’t pay much attention to newswaves when we’re flying, sir.”

“Not exactly an answer to my question. Which is an answer in its own self. You ain’t putting my sweet girl in any danger?”

“No moren any of us workin out here on the edge. Things can get hairy at times and the Navy ain’t too fond of us independent contractors, but seriously I never want any harm to come to your girl. She’s our sunshine.”

“That muscle ain’t givin her a hard time?”

“Majumdar? He tries anything, he knows I’d space him. Or worse, tell his ma on him.”

“That kind of tough guy, eh? Alright. Pick a shed and put your stuff in it. Don’t tell me which one.”

“Thank you, sir. An we’ll be making a contribution to the university fund.”

“Yes, you will.”

“So Daddy was okay with leavin our money there?” Mamie asked, climbing into bed.

“Once he was clear on Marco’s intentions towards you, yep.”

“Marco’s? He didn’t ask about yours?”

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Princess Abass Demilade: I once read a story about elementals but it was not that clear, me reading this now makes it clearer and I say kudos to the writer

Twinkle Helena: This is the first book I've ever read and its just fabulous.. The writer has beautifully framed all the sentences the way he described each and every situation like the way the characters in the story stood their attire we could actually feel the story around us ..the suspense,the thrill,friendsh...

LorE: Slow updates but SO entertaining!! It is definitely worth the wait:). That’s it. Idk how this expects me to have one-hundred-and-fifty characters. It’s good. Really good. If you like romance mixed with dystopian future, this is the book for you. That’s all I have to say.

Elisabeth Gypsy: This was an amazing story. I loved the plot and all of the twists and turns! You did a great job and I am looking forward to reading more of your works!

Isim Misi: The story's nice....In the beginning, I think there's too much of description n a bit of lag.. but things become interesting when Xerxion comes in reality. I feel the story could be shortened and completed within 3-4 more chapters only.And I believe, the author will bring out a good twist in the ...

simonteese: Enjoyable storyline. Editing could do with some improvement.

Zerohands: I have to say the plot and the character are both well written. I really love it so far except for the typos. Some edits and polishing and this book will be the bomb!

apalmer3: This book seems pretty well thought out. However, it is plagued with grammar mistakes and misspellings. A bit of proofreading before releasing a chapter would make the reading experience better.

Nancy Rich Foster - NRF: I was hooked on this story from the first page to the last.

More Recommendations

Arye Saar: Loved it. The tension is very high. Theimgination is excelent. WOULD LOVE TO READ MORE AND MORE. I love science fiction and am delighted with þhe writer imagination.

bemewtyoutoo: Its very well written and I admire the fact that it describes the characters feelings and the scenes so well that its almost tangible. Its just amazing that a book is this good. Keep up the good work author. You earn yourself a loyal fan.

ILoveLucy001: your story is really good it had me hook line and sinker from the beginning please write more it is a lovely story

Nancy Rich Foster - NRF: This story was a rare and awesome work of art! The story's characters were so human and so amazing that at times I literally felt tears form in the corner of my eyes! Imagine waking after thousands of years to the perfect society! Kudos to the author for a job well done!

thePeeJ: aced it boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii...

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.