Chapter 6

"Can't get in? What do you mean you can't get in? That was the whole point. We wanted that ship. It will be a big help in keeping our troops supplied so we can at last put down this dammed rebellion. "

The underling looked at Grand High Chancellor Kohler and almost wet his pants in fear. He did, however, manage not to. "We couldn't get in. The security system on that ship is way more sophisticated than you'd ever dream of for a simple freighter. We just can't break in. I'm sorry." He couldn't suppress a tremble.

The Chancellor was livid. "Then what was the point? We've done this kind of thing before. We get an outsider, set them up and voila. We get their ship in exchange for their freedom. This has never happened before."

"I know. But what can we do about it?"

"I'll tell you what you can do. You go to her and make her give up the security codes. She'll do it if she wants out. Now go!"

He went but the underling wasn't so sure. But he scurried over to the prison as fast as his legs could carry him. He had to at least try. His job, maybe his very life depended on it.

Beka was not happy. That wasn't surprising. Prison was not at all a pleasant place to be. It was fairly obvious that prison maintenance was not a priority here. She wondered how long she would be stuck here. Surely they couldn't mean to keep her for the rest of her life. They would have to let her go eventually. Either that or the Andromeda would come looking for her, right?

Yes. Of course. Things would be O.K. They had to be. Beka tried not to dwell on the fact that she hadn't given Dylan a timetable for when she'd be back. Because she did tell him she was coming back. So, of course, he would eventually start to look for her, right. He had to.

Just then the door to her cell opened and the underling appeared. "Um…Miss Valentine."

"That's Captain Valentine to you!" Beka snapped at him.

"Excuse me. Captain Valentine. I've come here on a mission."

"And that would be?"

"I have a deal for you. My boss is very interested in acquiring your ship. He is prepared to offer you your freedom in exchange for it."

Now Beka was beginning to get the picture. They didn't want her; they wanted her ship. It had been an elaborate set up. Well, tough and too bad for them. They'd never get it. There was no way in hell she was ever going to give up her baby.

"No deal. I'm here under false pretenses, illegally and we both know it. This just confirms it. So you can take your deal back to your boss and tell him he can go shove it."

The underling winced. "Very well, Captain. You can just stay here until you feel like cooperating with us instead. You won't be free until you do. I can promise you that." With that said, he turned around and left.

Beka chuckled to herself. It was obvious to her why she was still alive. They couldn't get into the Maru. The Divine bless Harper and his security upgrades. Her little ship was safe. And as long as she remained the only person who could get into the Maru she was safe too for now. The question now was how to escape and get to her ship and get home. Because all of a sudden Beka wanted nothing more than to be on the Andromeda