By David Drake

"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" by means of David Weber: sooner than she stored the galaxy, she was once "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington," after which an stumble upon with "pirates" who have been greater than they appeared all started Honor Harrington's impressive profession. "Choosing aspects" by way of David Drake: Lieutenant Huber stepped off the starship into an ambush--but Slammers should not purported to get ambushed. Huber can keep his occupation if he survives a suicide undertaking. "The Island" by means of Eric Flint: imagine common Belisarius was once tricky? Meet the spouse of 1 of his officials. She is decided to arrive her wounded husband--going over the damaged our bodies of the enemy if valuable.

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A minimum of her lowly prestige precluded any confusion over which seat should be hers, and she or he scarcely wanted the steward's small gesture directing her to the very foot of the desk. She settled herself into the chair as unobtrusively as she might, and Nimitz, as acutely aware as she of the necessity to be on his top habit, parked himself very well alongside the pinnacle of her seat again. The steward turned around the desk, relocating in the course of the eating cabin's cramped confines with the grace of lengthy perform as he poured espresso. Honor had constantly despised that individual beverage, and she or he lined her cup along with her hand because the steward approached her. the fellow gave her a quizzical look, yet moved on with out remark. "Don't take care of espresso, huh? " The query got here from the senior-grade lieutenant seated to her left, and Honor checked out him speedy. The brown-haired, snub-nosed officer used to be approximately Santino's age, or inside a 12 months or both means. in contrast to Santino, even though, his expression was once pleasant and his tone was once friendly, with no the hectoring sneer the OCTO looked as if it would in achieving so easily. "I'm afraid now not, Sir," she admitted. "That can be a legal responsibility in a military career," the lieutenant stated cheerfully. He regarded around the desk at a round-faced, dark-complexioned lieutenant commander and grinned. "Some of us," he saw, "seem to be of the opinion that His Majesty's starships really run on caffeine, no longer reactor mass. in reality, a few of us appear to think that it really is our accountability to rebunker on a regular basis by means of taking that caffeine on internally. " The lieutenant commander seemed down her nostril at him and sipped from her personal cup, then set it accurately again at the saucer. "I belief, Lieutenant, that it used to be no longer your purpose to forged aspersions at the amounts of espresso which yes of your hard-working seniors eat at the bridge," she remarked. "Certainly now not! i am surprised by way of the very recommendation that you simply could imagine I meant something of the type, Ma'am! " "Of direction you are," Commander Layson agreed, then regarded down the size of the desk at Honor from his position to the fitting of the Captain's as but unoccupied chair. "Ms. Harrington, enable me to introduce you. for your left, we have now Lieutenant Saunders, our assistant astrogator. To his left, Lieutenant Commander LaVacher, our leader engineer, and in your correct, Lieutenant Commander Hirake, our tac officer. " LaVacher, a petite, startlingly lovely blonde, confronted Layson, who sat at Hirake's correct, around the desk. She and the Exec accomplished the gang of dinner visitors, and Layson gave a small wave in Honor's path. "Ladies and gents, Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington. " Heads had nodded at her because the Exec named each one officer in flip, and now Honor nodded respectfully again to them. no longer a one in all them, she spotted, appeared to exude the towering feel of superiority which used to be quite a bit part of Elvis Santino. Saunders had simply opened his mouth to claim whatever extra while the hatch resulting in the captain's day cabin opened and a tall, spare guy within the uniform of a senior-grade captain stepped via it.

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