I was about to say hi to Autofficer Wellpride when my communicator beeped.
“Excuse me,” I said with a sheepish smile, “I need to get this.”
I walked to the front of the ship and looked at the caller. It was Larry.
“Great, just great.” I muttered under my breath, “What does he want now?”
I pasted a super fake smile on my face and answered the call.
“Well hello, Larry! How are you this fine day?”
“I’ve been better. I have some information for you.”
I sighed inwardly, “Really? What do you have?”
“There was a pirate ship that parked here at the L a few minutes ago. They took my cook and left.” Larry complained. “The only good thing about it is that I was able to sell the rest of my snake oil to someone on board.”
I smirked. Who would do something as foolish as that? Must be new. “I’ll let the captain know.” I then hung up and headed over Dela who was chatting the young Autofficer’s ear off. Or should I say lecturing.
“Excuse me.” I said, butting into the one-sided conversation.
Dela gave me the stink eye, but I ignored her. “There’s been a report of pirates at the Flying L.”
Beckendorf suddenly appeared right beside me. “Well let’s go, then.” He practically ran to the wheel and got the ship ready to leave.
I pulled up the gangplank and tried to say one more thing, but Dela interrupted me.
“Show him to his room.” She said, walking away.
“But-” I started to say.
“Do it now.”
I rolled my eyes and led Wellpride to his room. Who needed to know that the ship had already left? Why not just let them figure it out on their own.
“Here’s your room.” I said, “Welcome aboard.”