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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Traders Risk Author: Roger Dee Illustrator: Martin Release Date: October 20, 2007 [EBook #23103] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK TRADERS RISK *** Produced by Greg Weeks, Stephen Blundell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at TRADERS RISK By ROGER DEE _Keeping this cargo meant death--to jettison it meant to make flotsam and jetsam of a world!_ Illustrated by MARTIN The Ciriimian ship was passing in hyperdrive through a classic three-body system, comprising in this case a fiercely white sun circled by a fainter companion and a single planet that swung in precise balance, when the Canthorian Zid broke out of its cage in the specimen hold. Of the ship’s social quartet, Chafis One and Two were asleep at the moment, dreaming wistful dreams of conical Ciriimian cities spearing up to a soft and plum-colored sky.
The Zid raged into their communal rest cell, smashed them down from their gimbaled sleeping perches and, with the ravening blood-hunger of its kind, devoured them before they could wake enough to teleport to safety. Chafis Three and Four, on psi shift in the forward control cubicle, might have fallen as easily if the mental screamings of their fellows had not warned them in time.
As it was, they had barely time to teleport themselves to the after hold, as far as possible from immediate danger, and to consider the issue while the Zid lunged about the ship in search of them with malignant cries and a great shrieking of claws on metal. Their case was the more desperate because the Chafis were professional Fri Mar 31 02:45:36 2017 2 freig...

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