So Clever By: GLG (c) 2018 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A young woman eschews a position in the family business and strikes out on her own. She has the training and the resources to succeed. Strong-willed and independent, she believes she is ready for anything. However, when things don’t go according to plan, she is tested like never before. Her ship is damaged and forced to land on an uncharted planet for emergency repairs. She must deal with one crisis after another, when even mundane tasks become challenging, and every decision may have lasting consequences. If her ship and crew are to survive, her choices must be bold and her actions decisive. But is she clever enough to handle the surprises this strange new world will throw at her? One thing is for certain: her life will never be the same after this voyage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *** This story is influenced by the Star Fleet Battles universe and thus is set within the ST:TOS era. *** -- just under 38,000 words -- Spoiler: A note to SFB players I know some SFB players will want to take me to task for a few things that happened in the story. The biggest complaint I've heard is the Free Trader doesn't carry T-Bombs. Yes, I knew that. Maybe it's lazy writing on my part, but I couldn't think of another way for my hero ship to get away from the bandits. However, comma, in my defense, I would point out that I said my story was INFLUENCED by the game. It is not based on the game, and definitely is not set in the game's universe. I never wrote it with any expectation that ADB would even consider publishing it. If I had been going that route, the story might have been only half as long as it is. And I would not have used T-bombs. Setting the game rule book aside gave me the freedom to tell the story the way I wanted without needing to adapt it to fit into a strict set of guidelines. So, with that in mind, I hope you enjoy reading it. I had fun writing it. And that's what it's all about, right?