WHEREIN Our Hero, Upon Witnessing a Curiosity, Makes an Unfortunate Decision
Like most Maximilian-class vessels still in use, the Fool’s Errand had originally been a troop transport. Maximilians were moderately successful in that role, but it wasn’t until after the line was decommissioned and the surviving ships were auctioned into the civilian world that they found their true calling as general purpose cargo ships. Maximilians were rugged, reliable ships that could function in planetary atmosphere without requiring anti-gravity or specialized shielding. They were also easy to modify: to most people familiar with the class, “Maximilian” meant “custom job.” Its reliability and versatility made it an ideal mid-line merchant and cargo ship, and was especially popular among successful independent merchants. It was also popular among smugglers and pirates, though some claimed that “a successful independent merchant” was, by definition, one or the other.
WHEREIN Our Hero is Distracted by Unprofessional Behavior
Grif Vindh, captain of the Fool’s Errand, squinted through his digital binoculars and frowned. The frown deepened for a moment, then faded with a sigh as he dropped his arm and turned to his two companions.
“It’s not the double-cross that bothers me,” he said finally. “Well. It bothers me a little. It makes everything more complicated than I’d like. But what really bothers me is that they obviously didn’t put any effort into it.”
Genre/Story Information: Space Opera set in a setting known informally as The Foldspace Universe. The Foldspace Universe is a shared universe created by Jason Bortz, M. S. Patterson, and myself. Each of us uses this collectively developed setting for our own creative endeavors.