“I knew him,” Lucy said.
Running my fingers down her neck, I asked, “Who?”
“Tim, Director Robinson,” she said. “I served with him on Mars a couple of runs ago.”
“What was he like?” I asked.
“Passionate,” she said. I must have cringed for she quickly added, “Not like that. Well, like that also, but I mean that he was very passionate about the possibilities that Mars had to offer mankind.”
“So what happened?” she asked.
“He died,” I answered.”
“Sparky, I already know that. What I don’t know is how?”
“I am not sure,” I paused. “It might have been an accident.”
“Right,” Lucy sat up. “So why did they need to create a law enforcement branch if that was the case?”
I traced a gaggle of goose in her freckles flying in a giant V south. “To be on the safe side.”
“You are a terrible liar. There have been accidents on Mars before and they have never felt the need to invest someone with a badge. What is different this time?”
“He was the Director of the whole Mars colony; the Agency probably just wants to ensure the public that everything possible is being done to ensure the safety of the colony.”
“Not good enough, your average Joe could care less about Mars. Unless you have a relative on Mars, you don’t care about the people on Mars. And a decade ago, this would have been a cry to bring our people home. Nowadays, no one believes that the Agency gives a damn about public opinion. So what is the real reason?”
I sighed, “They, the Agency, believes that there may have been foul play involved.”
“He was murdered?”
“Perhaps, I won’t know until we get there.” I shook my head. “If I am capable of figuring it out, that is. Why don’t they just send a real investigator?”
Lucy closed her eyes; I watched her lips move as she quickly calculated. “They would have to wait another three years, one month and seventeen days, even if there was an investigator willing to join the Colonization Service.”
“That still doesn’t explain why me.”
“Simple, we are just three weeks away. And they figure given your lack of charm that you are not going to make any friends.” She looked at me. “Oh my god, that is why they picked you, isn’t it?”
“They said it was because it was my first tour on Mars, so that I would be the least likely to be biased.”
“Honey, I love you. But I suspect that they read your jacket, you are not the most social animal around. Heavens knows that I would have never given your anti-social ass a second look if I wouldn’t have been cooped up with you for two years.”
“You could have always hooked up with one of the other crew members.”
“Like who? Harris is married to his dissertation. And the twins are happier with one another than they ever would be with me, besides I find a man to be more fulfilling than a woman.”
“So you are with me just because I am the only available man?”
“That is right. What are you going to do about it?”
I pulled her down, and kissed her hard on the lips. A laugh escaped her lips, before she dragged me closer. Lucy was a big talker, but she knew that she was mine. At least, for the moment.