Availability date: 01/18/2016
As a young girl, Monda was placed into the tutelage of Mistress Teevac. Trained to use her empathic skills and educated in the ways to please a man, Monda is on her way to her new mate and master when her spaceship crashes. Rescued by a handsome space lieutenant, who literally makes her heart race, Monda’s eyes and heart are opened to new possibilities.
When Lieutenant Patrick Lancaster looks at the exotic Monda, he sees beautiful not alien. With an instinct to protect her and the desire to have her, he’d be honored to call her his own, but the stars have something else in mind. Or do they?
“Why do you agonize over her the way you do?” Monda asked.
“You wouldn’t understand.”
She stopped and placed a delicate hand on his arm, withdrawing it quickly. His breath caught at her slight touch.
“I might if you would explain it to me,” she said, her big blue eyes peering up at him.
“I thought at one point she was…interested …in me. But then that idiot Dr. Green came along…”
“If her heart moved on to another so easily, then it never truly was.”
“I know, it’s just…” Just what? Stupidity?
“You are only but beginning to see what the universe holds. I am sure there are many females out there who would be honored to win your interest.”
“We’ve got a ship full of people now, but there aren’t normally too many of us. It’s not like I’ve got a lot to choose from. What am I supposed to do, start dating an alien or something?”
Two orbs like ocean whirlpools, only brighter, began to swirl. He watched her wipe away the silvery tear.
“Shit, Monda. I’m sorry.”
Her face more angular than most. Her lips, full. A constant pout, like she waited to be kissed. When he looked at her big blue eyes and long blue eyelashes, he thought exotic, not alien.
“Monda.” He reached to wipe the tear. No, it was not his place. He shoved his hand into his pocket. “I didn’t mean you. I don’t think of you as alien. I meant other aliens, like the green guys from Salvador. Have you seen them? About a meter high with pointed teeth. You can’t tell the males from the females except when they have their armor off.” He wanted to pull her into a hug. To comfort her and show her how sorry he felt. But she was promised to another, and while he might be an idiot, his mother also raised him as a gentleman. “Really, Monda, I’m sorry.”
“I know,” she whispered.
“What I mean is you’re an alien but not an alien. You don’t look like an alien. Of course any guy would be honored to have a girlfriend like you.”
“Any guy, but you.”
“No, that’s not what I meant.” He’d be honored to be with her, but the stars had something else in mind. Instead of helping the situation, he made things worse. He’d hurt her. Again. Hopefully her pre-arranged mate…God, he hated that term…hopefully her future husband would see her beauty and cherish her as she deserved.
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