Set in the same universe as my 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.
We’ve been through Tom’s near fatal illness, his recovery (but no spoilers about how that was accomplished)….(did teasers about their romantic encounter LOL)…lately, Andi was in imminent danger of death at the hands of the rebels…but we got past that…some jealousy but now we’ve moved on from there…
Tom, Andi and Sgt. Wilson arrive at the deserted rest station where their party has taken temporary shelter. Andi gets some rest while the soldiers work on the vehicles but is awakened suddenly, feeling as if she’s under attack by a Betang – a dangerous offplanet alien, allied with the insurgents.
Tom sends the majority of the party on ahead in the lumbering cargo hauler while he and Andi take the fast car to scout out the advancing enemy. The alien launches a mental attack on Andi, which she barely survives, by driving out of range. Tom is speaking:
“When we catch up to the others, I’m going to transfer Rahuna and the baby into this vehicle then I want you to head straight for the capital.”
“I’m not going to leave you.” Andi stared at him in shock – he might as well have doused her with cold water. “I won’t.”
“Eyes on the road,” he said, gently redirecting her attention to driving. “You have to go on ahead – as soon as the Betang gets within mind scan distance again, it will kill you.”
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