The real problem then became that Suvan needed new clothes. I then set her up to shop for them from the ship in my name. I was not the same size as her but most clothing is adjustable and so it was pretty easy to get her a few outfits which oddly enough all reveal skin in some place or another. She took to the idea of nudity pretty well when we were in private. She ‘practiced’ being my girl lover with holding hands, kissing and the occasional hand on my ass and my hand on hers.
The days leading up to the leaving of our expedition I really did not see my partners that much. They certainly sent their equipment to the ship though and I spent a lot of time reorganizing cargo to get everything to fit and I restocked the Grav Carrier with supplies for long surveys. I then made sure the ship was fully fueled and we were ready to go when they did arrive.
The day scheduled for liftoff they arrived at the ship. Jason and Janet were loaded down with some equipment and their personal Vacc Suits. Captain Quincy was dressed in battle fatigues and over his shoulder was his Advanced Combat Rifle and on his hip was his Marine Service Cutlass. I must admit that men in uniform do get my attention and Captain Quincy was no exception.
In introduced them to Suvan as my roommate and she would be the steward for the voyage so that we could focus on the expedition. The others seemed a little surprised and looked at Suvan with some suspicion. Captain Quincy seemed to not care that much but the Belters were definitely instantly aware of her. I took note and then lead everyone to put their stuff away. Suvan got busy in the galley fixing a meal while I made sure everything was secure. When everyone was settled in we all met in the lounge area.
“Miss Jones, why were we not told of your friend?”
“Just ran into her and I hadn’t seen her in a while. She needs a job so I hired her. She is a little more than a friend.”
“I dislike having someone else along.”
“Well, this isn’t your ship and I am not going to take a one month long voyage with three strangers without someone on my side.”
“Understandable, I can see your point Miss Jones.”, Captain Quincy injected.
“Besides she is a good cook as you will see in a moment. My friends are always welcome to my help and my enemies are…” I patted my sidearm.
My message must have sunk in quickly because after that I never heard a word about Suvan being on board being questioned. Even the Captain seemed to settle down his two partners about it.
We got down to business and I told them that this trip would involve a single jump and then a three week survey of the system’s asteroid belts. The next jump would go to another system and not Preston where we would end the contract. None of them objected becasue they were really leaving nothing behind in Preston. Suvan kept her cool as this would mean she would be free.
We divided responsibilities. I was the starship operational person and in charge when it came to all things aboard the ship. Captain Quincy would command the ground operations but mostly it was him and the belters that would actually look at the asteroids. Suvan would make bed, cook and clean so we could focus on our tasks and that would give us more time to survey. After Suvan served us lunch this point seemed well received.
We ended our meeting with me informing everyone we would e taking off in an hour. everyone settled down in their couches and went on engaging in small talk. That was Suvan and my cue to start our ruse a little more in earnest. I stood up and walked toward her she stopped cooking for a second and kissed me on the lips. I stayed close to her and talked to her about the meal while letting my hand drift down to her backside. I glanced backward and took not of the two gentlemen in the room and their eyes were definitely on us. Message sent.
An hour later I was in my pilot chair and the others were on the bridge watching over my shoulder. I received my clearance to leave which had far last scrutiny that trying to arrive. I waited till my escort ship arrived and then we took off with them in tow. I cleared the gravity well of Preston and my escort vessel pulled away and I locked in the coordinates for the system we were headed to and started the jump sequence. The grey-blue of hyperspace greeted us and we were on our way.