Going back to my SFR , STILL out on submission now, set in the same universe as my recently published WRECK of the NEBULA DREAM. Andrianda (Andi) Markriss, a planetary representative for Loxton Galactic Trading, has been spending a lazy summer with her best friend in the highly exclusive summer compound of the planet Zulaire’s ruling nobility, networking. On a day when a number of strange and disturbing things have already happened, Captain Tom Deverane, Sectors Special Forces, unexpectedly shows up with a troop of soldiers and demands she leave with him. Immediately.
Andi doesn’t take this very well….in fact, she refuses to go. Later in the evening, all hell has broken loose, as the captain predicted.
Trying to avoid spoilers here, after certain “events”, she and the soldiers are on the run.
In the excerpt two weeks ago Tom was taken suddenly ill. Last week Tom and Andi discussed his illness and as promised, here are the next six sentences in that conversation:
“This assignment was unusual, having a squad under my command since Mitch and I work alone 90% of the time,” he said, reaching out to take her hand, twining his fingers through hers, stroking his thumb across her palm. “I would never put my guys at risk – I get about a week’s warning before an attack comes on, which gives me time to lie low.”
“What kind of warning?”
“The whole visible spectrum of colors shifts on me, like an aura, enough so nothing looks normal and for sure nothing smells or tastes right – I know an attack is coming and I know what I have to do. I was starting to see the first symptoms the day the orders changed, which was another reason I wasn’t pleased to be diverted to the Obati summer compound. ”
Biting her lip Andi drew little circles in the quilt with her free hand, saying, “I’m sorry.”
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