The title of this post is a bit misleading, but I couldn’t help referencing Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. If you don’t know what song I’m talking about, check out Monday’s blog post. Hint: It’s about kaleidoscope eyes.
In this snippet from Love thy Galactic Enemy, my September 9 SFR release, it isn’t a girl with impossible eyes, but an alien pet — a mizzet.
She sucked in a deep breath. The air wasn’t cold, not really, yet loneliness sucked all warmth from her bones.
Without letting herself think, she flicked off the lights, lifted the blanket, and crawled in beside her roommate. “Sorra,” she whispered. “I just…”
He didn’t respond. He wasn’t dead, though, just asleep. His sleeping pill had done the job.
She edged closer. Brainless edged out from between them and draped itself over the man’s neck like a furry, friendly scarf. Only the mizzet’s eyes were visible, glowing dimly with multi-colored contentment.
The best thing about mizzets was their eyes. Although normally grey, the eyes changed color like a kaleidoscope when the animal was happy. The changes were subtle but mesmerizing. Furthermore, a layer of tissue behind mizzets’ retina—called a bright tapestry in Latin, or something like that—made them catch and refract light, no matter how dim, so they seemed to glow in the dark.
Brainless’s eyes glowed with contentment, and they changed color. Sky blue washed away to pale violet, which melted over several seconds into baby-toe pink…as though the mizzet were trying to mesmerize her into slumber.
It was working; she yawned. When she opened her eyes again, Brainless had hidden its face behind a paw and fallen asleep.
Although it meant nothing that the dumb animal trusted her ‘roommate,’ her galloping heartbeat slowed to a trot. After several breaths, Lou shifted closer until their bodies touched at the knees. She lay still and concentrated on his breathing. Slow and even. Each breath reminded her she wasn’t alone. Reassured her that tomorrow she might earn his forgiveness. Promised hope.
Love thy Galactic Enemy
Abandoned to the enemy’s tender mercy
Minta, the reserved secretary for a spy team that spread a man-made plague, leaves the planet too late — the team abandons her on the enemy’s space station. She’s forced to fend for herself until she can make contact with an elusive spy, Watcher, who can take her home. To avoid arrest, she nurses a plague victim — a gentle, whimsical man who spouts Lewis Carroll. But to know this enemy is to love him . . .
When Finn Shanwing falls ill, he doesn’t intend to hide that he’s a high-ranking commando. Neither does he intend to fall in love with the secretive nurse who saves his life . . . but by the time he reveals to Minta she saved an enemy commando, it’s too late for his heart. Or hers. Also too late to escape the wrath of Watcher — half-human, half-machine, and both halves obsessed with her.