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Excerpt from 'Beloved Enemy' (Unedited)
She put the tri-dee viewer to her eyes again and scanned the area. “There’s no sign of life over there. They must all be dead. They’d have shot at us again if they were still capable.”

“Unless they are waiting for us to show ourselves.” Kerry made as if to rise and she waved her blaster at him. 

“Like I said before, no sudden moves. Get up — slowly.”

Kerry rose to his feet, his gaze not leaving her gun-hand. He was several inches taller than Katt. Broad shouldered and slim, the sort of man who commanded attention.

His expression froze as his blue gaze homed in on the badge on her chest. The eyes were chips of blue ice. "You’re working for the Alliance!"

“I work for myself!"

Then why are you wearing their insignia?”

“I've a license to requisition any ship trespassing on their sectors of space.”

“A licensed pirate in the pay of the Alliance!” Kerry’s eyes showed outright contempt. She almost preferred the icy coldness.

“I prefer to think of myself as a freelance — doing a service."

His expression did not change. “You could have left me to die -- or just shot me,” why didn’t you?”

“Call it a personality flaw. I don’t like abandoning someone to save my own skin. And I don’t kill in cold blood. If I have to shoot someone I’d rather they were facing me, with their eyes open.” 

Even if I have sworn to turn their dead bodies over to the Alliance. Where would be the justice in that? Keep it casual, don’t let him guess what’s really in your mind.

To her amazement he smiled, the most devastating smile she had ever seen, and made more amazing because he didn’t look as if he did it very often.

“My own philosophy as it happens.” His eyes narrowed. “It seems almost a pity we are on opposite sides.”

“Opposite sides?” How much did he guess?
  
“I have no love for the Alliance. That puts us on opposite sides, even if you are a pirate.”

She gave him her most withering look. “Fine. And just because I decided to save your neck, don’t get any ideas. We don’t have to like each other.”