How do you balance your criminal activities with your strong honorable streak?
Talk about jumping in head first. (Jace laughs and tips his head back.) I don’t hurt innocents and although I have stolen things, I’ve never stolen from folks in need.
Have you ever made deals you regret?
Who hasn’t? But I try to avoid things like that. I guess everyone does, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to survive.
I understand IWOG officers killed your family--
I won’t talk about them. If you push, I’ll go.
(Unsure whether he means his family or the IWOG I move on)Your crew--can I ask about them?
I recon so. (Jace crosses his arms over his chest)
You’ve known Garrett the longest?
He’s a good man. Best engineer on the Fringe.
Where did you meet your pilot, Bailey?
I won him in a card game.
Are you serious?
Dead serious. The man didn’t know what he had until Bailey was gone. (Jace leans closer and drops his voice) That boy can make my ship do things that Garrett swears are theoretically impossible. Bailey says he just learned different theories.
You sound very proud of him, almost like a father.(For a brief moment Jace looks pleased but a terrible sadness fills his gaze. When he looks away, I quickly ask another question.) I understand that you have two whores on your ship.
(Jace utters a rueful laugh) I suppose I do.
(I get a feeling there’s a lot more to that rumor but I sense he won’t give details.) So, do you wear boxers or briefs?
I, uh . . . no. I’m not going to answer that. (Jace turns bright red, which makes him three times as handsome as he was before.)
In your line of work I guess there’s not a lot of leisure time. When you do have free time, what do you like to do?
I spend time alone in my bunk.
(His gaze meets mine. When I raise my eyebrows, like I’m asking him to expand on that, he blushes so hard it must hurt.)
I spend time alone contemplating, not, uh--I like to be alone to think.
(I nod but I’m left imaging him in there doing a one-handed exercise.) I hear that two of your men, both fighters, recently quit without any notice. Did that cause problems on your ship?
(Jace frowns as he considers me.) You sure hear a lot. (He takes a sip of his drink. It’s something dark but I don’t think it has any alcohol in it. Jace doesn’t seem the type.) Two turncoats left my employ to work for a feller by the name of Trickster. You best steer clear of him.
Do you steer clear of Trickster?
(Jace utters a longsuffering sigh.) If I could I would but I can’t. Dealing with him is one of those things I do to survive.
Has Trickster crossed you?
I ain’t special. Trickster crosses everyone. (Jace lifts a hand to someone in the doorway.) I have to go now, but it was nice talking to you. (He smiles but happiness doesn’t touch his eyes. I have never seen eyes that look so weary.) Take care, now.
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