Finally, the idiots let us dock. It's not like Belter electronics are
going to rot in the hold -- not like the Venusian synthetics I hope to trade
them for -- but styles change and there's always a newer model with another
useless new function. The gadgets might last a dozen years, but the
Venusians can get so style conscious that nobody would be caught dead using last
It didn't help that I did a high delta-V flight plan out of Psyche -- almost a straight line. It got me here before the Hazelwood, but I only have two days head start on getting the brokers to pay a premium. And I'm down to fumes on fuel to boot.
God, I hate these Venusian bureaucrats. Worse thing is, you can't even bribe them.
Lyndia Beulke, Captain LSS Barnaby, 27 April 2516
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