The Rim of the World, Book 2
by Linda Mooney
Coming October 2nd!
Ex-lieutenant Kelen Chambliss jerked awake with a violent shake of her body. For a moment, she had no recollection of where she was, or that she was even still alive. It wasn’t until someone tossed a rock into the fire, causing the flames to throw sparks upward in a brief blaze, that reality returned.
She opened her eyes to see Kyber sitting on the opposite side of the fire. From the way he sat, she could tell the Seneecian was alert and on guard. That knowledge gave her a deeper sense of security than if it had been anyone else. He was watching her, concern reflecting in his deep green eyes. Noticing she was awake, he made a little motion with his head.
“Are you well?” he softly inquired.
She signed and sat up, running a hand through her hair. “Yeah. I’m fine.”
“You were having a bad dream. You were making little noises, like you were fearful of something.”
She glanced around the room where the others appeared to be still asleep. Fullgrath and Mellori were snoring. Dox lay curled around his collection of odds and ends like an animal protecting its young. Dayall remained bound, his chin was resting on his chest. The Seneecians were huddled together on one side of the room. In the flickering light, they resembled a quilt of multi-colored fur.
“What’s not to be fearful of?” Rubbing her hands over her face, she looked back at him. “You’re exhausted. Let me take this shift.”
“I am not sleepy.”
“That’s eye worm shit and you know it. You haven’t healed from the wound you sustained when you crashed. And there’s whatever damage you sustained when you fought Isup that you haven’t told me about. Go lie down and get some rest. I’ll take watch. I can’t sleep anyway.” To prove her point, she got to her feet and stretched, then walked over to where he sat and held out her hand. When he didn’t give her their only functional weapon, she wiggled her fingers in silent request and cocked an eyebrow at him. Kyber snorted and placed it in her palm.
“You are a difficult female.”
“Yeah, and that’s why you lo—”
She stopped herself and bit her tongue. She’d almost told him he loved her, which she knew he did. But the others…
Kelen checked the room as panic surged in her breast. Fortunately, no one moved or appeared to have heard her near slip-up. Still, she hastily finished her remark.
“That why you allow me to do what I do. Because I’m a difficult female, and I’d kick your butt if you tried to stop me.”
He rose from where he’d taken watch and cast her one last look. With his back to the fire, it was difficult to make out the expression on his face, but she could imagine what it would contain.
And hunger. Sexual hunger.