SF Drabble #117 “Spaceman Apprentice”

There are fourteen crew. Freddie, this is his eighth circuit, so he knows his way around. I shadow him most of the time. Six of the others are Quordies. They mostly do cleaning work. Freddie says they have an I.Q. of like 75 or 80.

The rest are Polixac. At first I didn’t get why they weren’t officers, on a Polixaci ship. After a while I understood: they’re insubordinate, sleep on the job, and I’m fairly certain, steal from ship’s stores.

I suppose I‘d assumed there weren’t dregs of Polixaci society. They just always seemed so perfect on the news.

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