THE PIRATE QUEEN
Venatora’s warrior women hustled her along a warren of tunnels, alleyways and abandoned buildings to a rooftop where transport to her ship waited.
She resisted when they tried to push her on board and insisted that the medics deal with Marta first. Then she got in and told her pilot to wait while she sussed things out.
Across the chaos that was Port Chinen she saw the immense black gates that marked the Imperial fortress. Security bots armed with missiles swooped overhead, on constant alert for any outside danger.
It was an open secret that the fortress was ringed with enough armament and trained personnel to hold off even a large force. But as she examined the imposing edifice, she noted cracks in the security she’d make use of one day.
Venatora had designs on Port Chinen. She’d even made informal contacts with the Tahn, a new enemy of the Eternal Emperor who were on the rise that would be priceless when she made the fortress her own.
The Tahn were a chilly people. An obsessively warlike people. But Venatora was secure in her redoubt deep in the Possnet Sector and had little to fear from their notorious backstabbing ways.
Meanwhile, she’d have to be patient until she had the means to expand her hive and establish new ones.
And that in turn would have to wait until she made the deal with mutineers and got her hands on all that Imperium X.
Yes, she would have to be patient, an increasingly difficult task. The pressures for expansion were enormous. There were more princesses – queens in waiting – than at any other time in her reign.
Most were easily malleable, but there were more than a few chafing for a hive of their own, or plotting her overthrow.
Her assassins had dealt with the worst of the lot and her network of spies kept sharp eyes on the others.
But she had to be careful. If she went too far – killed too many, or clamped down too hard – the hive would become so restive that her leadership skills, and her arsenal of pheromonic weapons might not be enough to retain control.
Civil war, then chaos, then anarchy were sure follow. Her fathers had warned her again and again what to expect.
The Emperor’s space train of Imperium X would put paid to all those problems. And more. Nightmares of collapsed hives would be replaced with dreams of a glorious, ever growing kingdom.
That, in a nutshell, was her dilemma. Certain failure. Or success beyond her wildest dreams. There was no in between.
And Sten was the key to it all. She wished she didn’t have to kill him. But at present she could see no other way.
As she kept watch on the fortress, she spotted a contingent of Imperial gravcars speed up to the gates.
Several security bots swooped down to sniff the vehicles out, gave them the all clear, and a minute later the big gates groaned open.
She guessed that one of them contained Sten, who would be in hurry after his encounter with her to make his case with the mutineers.
Venatora was about to give her pilot the go-ahead, when the implanted com unit buzzed in her ear.
She tapped her throat-mic. “Yes, Father Swammerdam?” she said.
The buzzing resumed. It was a shorthand developed by her fathers to communicate quickly and concisely no matter where she was.
When it ended she said, “I’m sorry I was unable to carry out your orders, Father Swammerdam. I’ll soon remedy that. Sten will be dead, as ordered, the first opening I get.”
More buzzing. She frowned. Then: “You’re happy it turned out that way? But, why?”
She listened intently. A look of confusion on her face. “Yes, Father Swammerdam,” she said. “I understand all that. But what if - ”
Again, buzzing cut her off. Now, she looked really confused.
“I confess that he did affect me that way,” she replied when he was done. “But I can control that. You know I can.”
More buzzing. More listening. Finally, she smiled.
“Oh, I understand what you are getting at,” she said. “Very clever. But do all the other fathers agree?”
What she heard next made her laugh. “Even Father Huber? Well, that has to be a first.”
More laughter. Then Swammerdam signed off.
Venatora settled back into her seat. For the first time since she met Sten at the Xypaca fight she felt at ease.
Then, for no apparent reason, she started getting angry.
“Well, clot him!” she said, startling the others. “Clot Sten all to hell!”
And then she brusquely ordered the pilot to get underway.
THE ETERNAL EMPEROR'S POLITICAL CASSEROLE
THE ETERNAL EMPEROR'S POLITICAL CASSEROLE
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