As Derringer and Karma caught their breath side by side on the tossed sheets, subdued chuckles escaped from their grins. She sighed, rolling her head to face him. “I’m so glad you could make it out to orbit.”
Stretching his arms above his head, Derringer yawned and smacked his lips. “I had to clear a few things off my plate.”
“My services are highly sought after.”
Throwing the covers off the both of them, she got out of bed and crossed the small private bunk to the sink. She filled a mug with water and drank it down, then refilled it and walked it over to Derringer. Just then, the sight and sound of two honklizards appeared on the screen. “Oh it’s your boys, Dremel and DeWalt. Let’s see what they’ve got.”
She tapped a sequence into the keypad. Derringer began to pull a sheet over himself when she waved him to stop. “We can see them. They can’t see us.” She brought a hand to her mouth and winked.
“Hey gents. Your timing is good. Your supervisor and I happen to be meeting at this very moment.” She kept one hand on the console, pushing the button to talk. The other rested on her hip as she faced the detective, staring into his eyes as she spoke. “Is this routine, or have you turned up something new?”
“Both. Yes and yes.” The screen showed Chad Dremel surrounded by his arc of displays and relays hanging from various arms above the desk. He wore his hat, no shades. The changing colors reflected off his cheeks.
“Where’s your partner?”
“DeWalt is on the couch nursing a few bruises and a deep, dark hangover. We traced the driver back to his last job at Capitol Cab. Spent some time getting to know the other drivers. Nobody’s heard from him since.”
“Who owns Capitol Cab?”
“It’s an independent company, this city only. Run by the Mayor’s son, one Iako Shukla.”
“Small-time local hero. He’s got no personal interest in this. What about the gunmen?”
“Mercenary types. We haven’t chased em down yet.”
“So far so good. Keep me posted.” Dremel signed off, and she tuned into an Aquari symphonic channel full of vibrating strings and winds.
Derringer rolled on his side to face her. “Wouldn’t have thought this was your kind of music.”
She lay down on the covers next to him. “I like it to fall asleep to.”
He drew a fingertip down her torso. “Oh, are we falling asleep?”
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