This is my first Outlaw Star fan fiction. So please R&R, thank you.

Disclaimer: I do not own Outlaw Star... kinda wish I did though. That'd be cool.

Chapter 1: The New Job

This story begins about one year after the events at the Galactic Leyline. The crew of the Outlaw Star has decided to go back to Heiphong, after returning from the Arasean system, and re-open Starwind & Hawking Enterprises. It was around noon, and the crew was hanging around their house. (The one they had while on Heiphong) Jim was typing away on his computer, Melfina was in the kitchen cooking, Suzuka was sitting on the couch drinking some tea, Aisha was out working since they needed the money, and Gene was lying down on the other couch sleeping with a magazine over his face. As usual, business was slow and the only calls they got were for jobs that weren't worth taking. Just then, Aisha burst through the door. She looked aggravated as she stomped inside, sitting down next to Suzuka. Aisha's stomping woke Gene from his nap.

He pulled the magazine off of his face and looked around. "What? What happened?" he asked, yawning afterwards.

"I got fired..." Aisha growled.

Gene sat up and looked at the angry Ctarl Ctarl, wide-awake now. "What, again?! What the hell did you do this time?" he yelled.

Aisha closed her eyes and her crossed arms. "Apparently, my boss thinks I have a hard time controlling my temper." she responded.

Suzuka placed her cup of tea down on the table and calmly spoke. "I would have to agree with your boss." She said, slightly nodding.

Aisha tilted her head to a side, and looked at Suzuka. "Huh? What are you talking about, Suzu?" she asked.

"I'm just simply saying that you tend to lose your cool at times," Suzuka answered, then taking another sip of tea.

"And stop calling me 'Suzu'." She added in.

Gene got up off of the other couch and stretched. "Well, that's just great. Now we have no way of getting any money." He said, walking over to Jim who was still typing on his computer. "Hey Jim, find any good bounties yet?" Gene asked, looking at Jim's computer screen.

Jim stopped typing and looked at Gene, raising an eyebrow. "What are you kidding? There haven't been any good bounties for a while now. Not to mention the fact that the only job offers we're getting aren't even worth taking," said the 12-year-old kid, then he laid his head down on the computer and sighed.

"At this rate, we'll never get out of debt. We're lucky we got some good jobs while we were in the Arasean system." He added.

Gene groaned and leaned against the wall next to the videophone. "Great, just great. Hey wait a minute, don't we have any bounty left from the jobs we got while we were there?" he asked, in hopes of a positive answer.

Jim looked up at Gene. "We used it all on maintenance on the ship and costs for renting this place." He said, pointing his index finger up into the air in reference to the office/house.

Suddenly, the videophone began to ring. Gene pushed himself off of the wall and picked up the phone. "Starwind & Hawking Enterprises, you got a job for us?" he asked, getting right to the point.

Jim yelled at Gene in a hushed voice. "Gene! Don't be rude unless you want to scare off all of the customers." He complained.

On the videophone's screen, appeared a man wearing a pair of sunglasses, his white spiky hair pointing every which way. "Yes, I'm looking for someone to stop a bunch of robbers from stealing my merchandise." The man said, answering Gene's original question.

"Simple enough. What kind of merchandise do you sell?" Gene asked, slightly interested.

"Nothing special, just weapons...and Caster shells as well." Responded the man. Gene's eyes widened, now he was really interested.

"All right, how much are you willing to pay?" he asked, thinking he might be able to get some free shells for his Caster.

"500,000 wong for taking the job, and an additional 1 million for completing it," the man replied.

"I'll even throw in some Caster shells if you do a good job." He added. Gene's eyes lit up. Jim's eyes widened when he heard how much the customer was willing to pay. And Aisha, with her excellent hearing, heard the price as well. She jumped up off of the couch and ran over next to Gene, her eyes sparkling.

"We'll take the job. So, where should we go to meet you?" Gene asked happily.

"That's not really necessary. All you have to do is go to Dock 16 at the Heiphong spaceport. I have a shipment coming in around midnight tonight, and I have a good feeling that the bandits will be there to try and steal it." The man said. Gene nodded, while Aisha peered over his shoulder nodding as well.

"How will we contact you when we finish the job?" he asked, a little concerned about actually receiving the reward, while pushing Aisha back.

"Not to worry. Once I receive the shipment at my company, I'll be sure to contact you. Oh my, I almost forgot to tell you my name. Just call me Stev." The man responded.

"Well, I must be off now, I have an appointment with a client. I'll be waiting for some good news. Bye now." Stev added, then hanging up phone.

Gene hung up the videophone and turned to Jim, who had a look of concern on his face. "Gene don't you think you should've thought about it more before agreeing to a job like that?" he asked, still looking concerned.

"Oh, come on Jim, we need this job. This is could be our lucky break. I got a feeling if we do this job; even more jobs are bound to come in. Then, we can finally pay off all our debts and then live debt free the rest of our lives." Gene said, laughing afterwards.

"I don't know, Gene." Jim grumbled.

"Don't be such a spoil sport, Jim." Aisha blurted out, butting into Gene and Jim's conversation. "What's so bad about 1.5 million wong?" she questioned.

"Absolutely nothing!" Gene said, laughing again with Aisha laughing along with him.

Jim sighed and shook his head. "All right, all right. I'll go along with it. Let's just hope this Stev guy isn't pulling our legs." He said, still a little concerned about this new job.

"Come on, let's go make us a quick fortune!" Gene shouted out.

Jim got up out of his chair and looked at Gene. "Calm down, we've still got to prepare before we go." He said, trying to bring Gene back to the real world.

"Prepare? We just have to go down to Dock 16 and catch those robbers. There's nothing to prepare for, Jim." Gene boasted.

Jim sighed and put his hand to his forehead. "It's not that simple, Gene. It's never that simple. We need a plan. For all we know, those robbers could be really dangerous! Going in there and shooting your gun off probably isn't gonna work this time, Gene." he shouted.

"Are you even listening to me?!" he added, as Gene walked off back to his couch and went back to sleep.

Jim muttered "Moron" under him breath then sat back down in his chair and resumed typing. Aisha heard what Jim said. She sat back down on the other couch, trying not to laugh, while eating a box of doughnuts.

So what'd you think? Good? Bad? Could be better? Well, just give me some good reviews and tell me where I can improve me writing. R&R, yes...but R&F, no...at least not until Chapter 2 is up.