In these snippets from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, Quinn has led Marianne Harmon, the queen’s sister, deep into a tunnel — supposedly so she’ll be safe from violent rebels. An eleven-year-old girl, Elfy, travels with them.
Quinn is a petty crook and conman masquerading as a Royal Guardian. Being around Marianne is rousing some unexpected thoughts. A kwayviva is one of the underground towns where Quinn’s people lived before coming to our Earth.
He set a brisk pace, and not because the dome’s light was approaching dusk; kwayvivas never grew too dark to find the way. No, he simply didn’t want the females to see his face.
Marianne’s touch. Her hand. The memory of her legs. All these haunted him as he walked the empty street. He shouldn’t have groped her this morning. She was a lady, and he wanted more than a hasty feel or even a quick tumble with her body — although he’d take it if offered, of course.
Or maybe not. Rather than a tumble, he wanted . . .
Tomorrow or the next day, he’d make contact with the Eaglesbrood family somehow. He could demand ransom. Or he could hand the females over and ask for a reward.
But there was a third option, too, which he’d never thought about until now.
Do the honorable thing: protect them but ask no reward.
Problem was, Marianne would learn he was a fraud. Picturing the disenchantment on her face, the drooping of her sweet mouth, and the pain in her flashing eyes, he felt a sensation akin to nausea. He, who was ashamed of nothing, felt his skin crawl at the thought of disappointing her. Running his fingertips over the smooth, rich material of his sleeve, he wished to all the spirits he was a real Royal Guardian. One of the good guys. Respectable. Worthy of at least dreaming about kissing Marianne Harmon.
Could our conman really be having a change of heart? Or is this an idle daydream?
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Alien Contact for Kid Sisters
Fleeing murderous rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her.
Or is he kidnapping her, instead?
Marianne is sick of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.
Quinn, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?
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