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How far would you go to get back what was rightfully yours? Rayne Rhymes worked hard to earn enough credits to buy her space ship, the Bodicea. Under Deneb law, all of Rayne’s possessions belong to her scoundrel husband, even after their divorce. Rayne’s husband makes her an offer: do him one small favor and he’ll return her ship. This short story, A Small Favor, gives one woman’s answer.
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A SMALL FAVOR
Copyright © 2018 by CHARLEY MARSH
A SMALL FAVOR is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, and places are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. For more information contact: timberdoodlepress.com
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Published 2018 in the United States of America by Timberdoodle Press.
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Rayne Rhymes scanned the broad orange plain as she landed the Bodicea. Nothing but desert lay off the ship’s port side. To the starboard lay impenetrable and dangerous jungle. The opposite biomes lived side by side as if precisely separated by an invisible, physical wall.
A pair of towering dust devils, tornadoes of orange sand, spiraled in the distance, twisting together and apart in a fluid yet deadly dance before winking out of existence.
She couldn’t think of a single reason why anyone would want to visit the inhospitable and dangerous planet known as Klamarra—and yet here she was, leaving the safety and comfort of her ship to perform a scoundrel’s errand.
“It’s barely out of your way,” her almost-ex husband had wheedled a week before.
“All you have to do is give my friend a lift, maybe help him a little. It would mean a lot to me. Besides, you owe me. Under Deneb law I could claim your ship in the uncoupling hearing. I’ll sign the Bodicea over to you free and clear if you do me this one small favor.”
The hell of it was, Trax spoke the truth. Rayne truly had no choice. Her almost-ex had every right under the Deneb system’s coupling laws to lay claim to her ship. Although hotly contested by the females on the three habitable planets in the star system, the archaic laws granted the male of a couple full ownership of all the woman’s possessions.
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