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Zumindest für ihren Kapitän Frank Elgyn, einen hageren, hochaufgeschossenen Mann Mitte Vierzig, dessen dunkle Augen und stark gebogene Nase ihm etwas Raubvogelartiges gaben. Er lehnte sich in seinem Kopilotensitz zurück und stützte seine in Stiefel steckenden Füße an der Konsole ab. Hatte ihn doch eben so ein grünschnäbliger Kommißkopp, der noch feucht hinter den Ohren war, nach seiner Registrationsnummer gefragt! Leise lachend drehte er sich zu seiner Pilotin Sabra Hillard, einer großen, kräftig gebauten Frau, die ihm zugrinste und ihren kurzgeschorenen Kopf schüttelte.

Was immer sie auch noch sein mochte, eine Frau war sie. Zumindest äußerlich. Wrens Versuche, das zu leugnen, gefielen ihm nicht. Ob sie nun beschlossen, sie zu terminieren oder nicht, sie mit einem Haufen medizinischer Fachwörter zu belegen, würde ihre Individualität und ihren Überlebenswillen nicht auslöschen. Der Wissenschaftler, der bei Ripley saß, legte das Katzenbild schließlich beiseite und versuchte es mit einem neuen. Es handelte sich um eine einfache Zeichnung, die ein blondes Mädchen darstellte.

Er hatte sie beide aus der Fassung gebracht, also hatte er gewonnen. Glucksend streckte er seine Hand aus. « Call wollte das Messer schon zusammenklappen und zu ihm hinaufwerfen, als sie es sich anders überlegte. Sie war zu wütend, um vernünftig zu sein. Vriess beobachtete sie. Er berührte ihren Arm. »Call, vergiß es. « Sie wußte, daß Vriess keine Angst vor Johner hatte, auch wenn der Mann ihm überlegen war. Aber es sah ihm ähnlich, daß er sich wegen ihr Sorgen machte. Sie hatte drahtige Muskeln, aber sie war klein und zierlich.

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