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CLOAKED – The Ascension Myth book 7 – 1 of XXX

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Aboard the ArchAngel, Commons Lounge

Giles ambled up to the young man sitting in a booth with his back to the bar. The lounge was mostly quiet and empty on account of the early morning hour.

“Uncle Lance?” Giles approached him, looking a little the worse for wear.

Lance looked up from his coffee as if awakening from a daydream. “Giles. Morning. Er, do sit down,” he said, gesturing to the seat across from him.

Giles slid in and nodded to the server at the bar who was offering him coffee. He turned his attention immediately back to Lance. “You ok?” he asked, noticing the chewed cigar abandoned on the table.

“I’m fine,” Lance answered. “I just got up early.”

Giles paused, waiting for more information.

Lance pushed his coffee mug forward a little and wiped his hand over his face. “It’s the Federation stuff. It’s all getting a little…silly, if you ask me.”

Giles tilted his head questioningly. The server came over with a fresh cup and the coffee. He poured one for Giles and topped up the general’s before quietly disappearing out of earshot.

Giles grabbed some whitener at the end of the table and started stirring it into the tar-black nectar. “What’s going on?” he asked, concerned.

Lance shrugged. “Oh, the usual. The Leath, for one. Pressure for us to disarm generally. Meanwhile, others are building their forces month by month, like they think we don’t know what they’re doing.”

He shook his head in disbelief. “Anyway,” Lance continued, “nothing for you to worry about. I just wanted to speak with you before you disappeared on one of your wild goose chases.”

Giles’ eyes brightened in interest. He took a slurp of his coffee and set the mug down. “Oh?”

Lance had a little twinkle in his eye. “Yes. And don’t pretend. I know you’re heading off to Orn with or without my blessing.”

Giles started to protest, but Lance held his hand up. “Ah, now, now. Come on. I’ve know you since you were in diapers. I’ve witnessed or had reports on every stunt you’ve ever pulled, remember?”

Giles stifled his indignation and resigned himself to hearing the general out.

Lance smiled gently. “I was going to give you my blessing for Orn. But,” he continued quickly before Giles could get too excited, “I need weekly reports from you on this.”

The general paused, and Giles took the opportunity to clarify. “Meaning it’s an official trip?”

Lance nodded. “It is. And if you’re right about this talisman stuff, it affects the Federation directly. But it’s a complex situation. The Zhyn are friends now, but they still haven’t joined the Federation proper. Bottom line, you need to tread very carefully out there—which means no inciting hostility.”

Giles nodded obediently.

“Plus,” Lance continued, “after what you put us all through with getting yourself taken hostage, I’d be more comfortable being kept up to date on your whereabouts. Remember, the whole Federation may report to me, but when you’re on one of these hare-brained missions, I end up reporting to your mother.”

Giles sniggered, carefully placing his coffee mug down again for fear of spilling or snorting it. He took a moment to compose himself. “Ok, Uncle Lance. I hear you. Loud and clear.”

Lance smiled. “Good. Cuz heaven forbid anything happen to you. We’d all have our heads on the chopping block.”

Giles bobbed his head and took another sip of coffee. “So… Moons of Orn and then Estaria?”

The general suddenly looked a little confused. He frowned. “Estaria?”

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About the author

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Michael Anderle (ok, weird talking about myself in the 3rd person) (1967-Hopefully a long time from NOW) was born in Houston, Tx. A very curious child, he got into trouble – a lot. What to do with an inquisitive mind when he was grounded? Read!

Ok, done with all of that 3rd person stuff.

In the first 20 years, I mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy. In the last 10 years I have enjoyed Urban Fantasy and Military Fiction. With this background, I’ve been blessed with creating The Kurtherian Gambit series, a well-selling, and fan loved, collection of stories.

The fans have propelled these stories beyond my wildest imagination and they should get all of the credit for sharing with friends, family and occasionally the random person on the street. They are fantastic!

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