"What did you find out from Larry?" Dela asked me.
I sighed, "The price of snake oil." What else did she expect me to learn? "But I did find out that the captain of the ship may be a woman." I paused, "And that they took Larry's cook."
"And how is this important to me?" Dela snapped.
I shrugged. "Just thought I'd let you know."
"Then think again." Dela said, "We're heading to the Snowmoors."
"Why would we go there?" I asked.
Dela frowned, "Did you just question me?"
"Am I supposed to answer this question?"
Dela refused to take the bait. “You need to respect your superiors.” Then she started in on her long-winded lectures about how I should be honoured that I was her assistant and how I should be grateful for this position and on and on and on. I tuned her out, of course, but I had a hunch that she talked just to hear her own voice.
Thankfully, the lecture was cut short by a guy who walked onto the ship. He was followed by a lady who stayed behind, watching us with a mixture of curiosity and suspicion.
“Hello.” Dela said to the guy, “Why are you here?”
The guy pulled himself up to his full height, attempting to look intimidating. I snuck a glance at Dela. She didn’t look too impressed.
“I was wondering if you had any positions on the ship.” He said.
Dela thought for a moment, “We have multiple positions.” She was about to keep talking when I cleared my throat.
“Do you have anything for me to do, Sir?” I asked.
“Go find more information on the airship.” She waved a hand in dismissal.
I pulled out my communicator and walked away, dialing the Imperial Department of Airships. They weren’t the most effective way to get information on the ship and the crew, but I at least had to try…