Hope Nath’s thoughts were wrapped around her younger sister’s hijinks as she traveled the battlecruiser’s corridor. She controlled the urge to stomp from the teenager’s classroom back to the department where she worked. She noticed little around her as she went. The corridors of the battlecruiser Sword of Truth were ever the same anyway: the carpet beneath her feet going threadbare, half the computers and readouts set in the walls dim from failure, musty from the constant recycling of old air. The hum of engines was so omnipresent as to be unheard now, and she did not note the soft tread of the few crewmates that hurried past her.
She came back to the present in an instant when she turned the corner and crashed right into a big, solid…and immovable…Kalquorian body. The collision knocked her back a couple of steps.
“Watch it, boy,” the owner of the body snarled.
Hope looked up and up at the huge specimen and his even bigger companion. Being somewhat diminutive, she was used to gazing up at others, but Kalquorians averaged well over six feet tall. The one she’d plowed into was no exception.
The face staring down at her blinked blue-purple, cat-pupiled eyes. They were bright eyes in the well-lit corridor. Intelligent eyes that widened as he took her measure. For a moment his face, made up of elegant features with the exception of a heavy jaw, softened with a note of apology. “Oh. Matara?” He gave the bearded brute at his side a startled expression.
Then the Kalquorian blockade recovered his composure and scowled at her. “I thought the Earthers kept their women under lock and key, Captain Kila.”
“Maybe this one slipped her chains, Admiral.” The other man smirked. Despite the almost primitive look of him, he had a wild handsomeness that one might ascribe to a tiger or other beast.
Then with their faces settling into unimpressed countenances, they stepped aside and continued on their way without a backwards glance. Hope turned to watch the behemoths stride in their armored black uniforms that molded to their bodies…especially their backsides. Hope caught herself admiring the curves before she could help herself.
Releasing Summer 2017