This is the 89th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Diligent, The Recruit, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 28th February 2013
Word count: 951
“A ship like this gets in a lot of scrapes,” the recruiting sergeant said. “This isn’t a safe life, but it is profitable.”
“Transporting strawberries?” the prospective recruit said with a smile.
“Precisely,” the sergeant said ignoring the man’s joke.
“So what’s she carrying fighter wise?” the recruit asked.
“Three scorpion class fighters with the manoeuvrability mods,” the sergeant said. The recruit was sold.
Four days later Riston Stoker, the prospective recruit, boarded the Diligent. Officially the Diligent was a transport ship, but everyone knew she was really a pirate space ship, even SBO had used it’s stories to create a holo show, Free Men of Space.
“Welcome aboard the Diligent,” the recruiter said as soon as Riston crossed the airlock.