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Shadow Company

(A OFFICIAL SLACKERS OF THE INNER SPHERE STORY)

SLACKERS OF THE INNER SPHERE

Semper Retendis

By Marcus Edwards

This story made its first appearance on the HPG-Uplink forum back in October 2002.

Back then I  was writing a fan-fiction called The Ballard of Cairo. I asked Marcus if he would allow me to use Shadow Company in The Ballard, and he said yes.

Now, I write a lot faster than Marcus, and in the time it took him to reach the halfway point in his story, I had finished The Ballard of Cairo, and was almost done on its sequel The Solaris Irregulars. Marcus then asked if he could use the characters I had created in his story.

Having used his in mine, I could hardly so no, and so began a rather unusual prose of two people trying to write two different story's side by side (I had started work on the concluding part of my trilogy, the as-yet unfinished Legacies of War), without messing it up for the other.

For the most part, we succeeded in meshing our two story's together, each using parts of the others to fill in the gaps (chapter 33 of Shadow Company is also chapter 11 of Legacies, while I used the dialog from chapter 32 of Shadow Company in chapter 10 of Legacies), and while Shadow Company has ended, Legacies of War continues.

I hope to start adding The Ballard of Cairo to this archive soon, so you can see what that is about.

Note: Only chapters 1-11 are up, despite what the links say. I am am adding them as fast as I can.

CHAPTER 1: Intelligence

CHAPTER 2: Lock ‘n’ Load

CHAPTER 3: First Strike

CHAPTER 4: A Hollow Victory

CHAPTER 5: Cause For Alarm…

CHAPTER 6: Contingency Plan…What Contingency Plan?

CHAPTER 7: Honor Restored

CHAPTER 8: Plan of Action

CHAPTER 9: A Hot Reception

CHAPTER 10: Making An Entrance

CHAPTER 11: Terminate…with Extreme Prejudice

CHAPTER12: A Change Of Plan

CHAPTER 13: They Think Its All Over…Its Not Yet!

CHAPTER 14: Time For a Sharp Exit

CHAPTER 15: Big Trouble In Little Tukayyid

CHAPTER 16: If You Want This Facility – Come And Get It You Bitch!

CHAPTER 17: I Spy With My Little Eye…

CHAPTER 18: Cats, Bags, Horses and Stable Doors…

CHAPTER 19: Gatecrashers

CHAPTER 20: A Bad Day At The Office…

CHAPTER 21: A Clanner’s Care…

CHAPTER 22: Unwelcome Guests…

CHAPTER 23: Have Battle Plan…Will Fight…

CHAPTER 24: Jaguars On The Prowl…

CHAPTER 25: A Timely Arrival…

CHAPTER 26: Standoff…

CHAPTER 27: Hide ‘n’ Seek…

CHAPTER 28: Dancing In The Dark…

CHAPTER 29: Hold The Line…

CHAPTER 30: Remember Franklin Osis…Father Of Our Clan…

CHAPTER 31: Eye of the Storm…

CHAPTER 32: Zellbrigen…

CHAPTER 33: Dance of Death… (By Jeff-B)

CHAPTER 34: The Price of Victory…

CHAPTER 35: Fight Or Flight…

CHAPTER 36: Running to Oblivion…

CHAPTER 37: Loose Ends…

CHAPTER 38: Duel At Dawn…

CHAPTER 39: Down to the Wire…

CHAPTER 40: A Blaze of Glory…

CHAPTER 41: The Aftermath of Victory…

CHAPTER 42: We’ll Meet Again (Don’t Know Where…Don’t Know When…)

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