In these snippets from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, the ‘hero’ is Quinn, a petty crook and conman masquerading as a Royal Guardian. He has led Marianne Harmon, the queen’s sister, to an old, abandoned town from before his people ‘hopped’ to our earth. He assures her she’ll be safe from violent rebels.
But will she be safe from him?
Marianne straightened up and, after a brief pause, smiled at Quinn. “Lead me to the bathhouse. I can’t wait to get out of this dress.”
Quinn cocked his head to one side and raked his gaze over her body.
“That didn’t come out right,” she said.
He resumed walking, more slowly this time. She followed.
“I’m sure you know what I mean,” she said. “I imagine you want a bath, too.”
Although he said nothing, he turned his head to look at her. For a moment she was puzzled, but then she remembered Kwadrans used communal baths with both sexes in the same pool.
“I didn’t mean that, either,” she said. “I wasn’t inviting you to bathe with us. You’d shock poor Elfy.”
The girl turned and knit her brows. “Huh?”
Marianne opened her mouth, but shut it without speaking. How could she explain nudity taboos to a child who’d grown up without them?
After a few minutes, Quinn stopped in front of a one-story building much like all the others, except that the windows and door glowed with light. “The bathhouse.”
The moment of truth is at hand for poor Marianne.
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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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