"Do you want the helm, Captain?" Tycho forced himself to ask, trying not to make it obvious how badly he wanted his mother to say no.
Diocletia said nothing. She took five steps forward and sat in the captain's chair, behind the console closest to the bow. She snapped her fingers, and her instruments came to life.
"Captain on deck," Vesuvia announced, and Tycho waited to be relieved of command. But his mother surprised him.
"Your starship, Tycho," Diocletia said. "Let's see if you've been paying attention."
When you're a privateer, running a starship is a family business. And for Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, the family business is far from easy.
For starters, they have to make a living however they can, all while dodging pirates and Earth's dreaded warships. They have to please the Jovian Union, an alliance of moons that provides the Hashoones their letter of marque against Earth's merchant fleet. But hardest of all, the siblings have to impress their mother, Captain Diocletia Hashoone, who keeps a log of how they perform on every test, simulation, and mission aboard their family starship, the Shadow Comet. Because while the three siblings might be crewers together, only one of them will be chosen as the Comet's next captain.
Talk about sibling rivalry!
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