HMS *Reacher* chased the enemy *Persuader* across four sectors the hard way and running blind. Close enough to fire the Dan Lazar several times but, without fail, bad luck and trouble.
Falling out of hyperspace, prey and predator approached the only habitable planet in the star system and dove into its atmosphere.
Suddenly, a loud *clang* from belowdecks. Deafening alarms screamed like an echo burning.
"The tripwire!" exclaimed Lady Moonbeam. "Intruders!"
Sub-lieutenant Winthope's moustache bristled. "One shot is all I need," the security officer growled, "or die trying."
"Snazzy," muttered Captain Sir George Smythe Griffin. "Prepare my helicopter."