Joven’s Bride – Final Draft Excerpt

 

 

Prologue

 

 

Tales of aliens coming to Earth and taking people had been circulated for many years before the United Galactic Alliance of Worlds sent a ship to announce that it was true. Alien agents had been stationed on Earth for the last four hundred years to curtail human trafficking by other races.

During the four hundred years the aliens stationed on Earth took mates from the local population in what became West Virginia. The alien force was primarily comprised of humans and feline humanoids. Both compatible with humans.

Feline humanoids closely resemble homo sapiens except for their feline eyes and various shades of blue hair. The felines recognize their genetic mate when they meet them.  The Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service used DNA samples to find genetic mates for those not on Earth.

Before the Alliance opening diplomatic relations with Earth, Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking set up an ancestor DNA service on Earth. It linked with other such services on Earth to increase chances of finding mates for the feline humanoids, humans, and cyborgs.

The practice was controversial because felines give off a pheromone that causes their human mate to enter a state of heat. It manifests as an overwhelming need to copulate with the feline. In a sense, they become biologically addicted to their feline mate. The feline was given the identity and location of the mate on Earth without consent. The felines came to Earth and sought them. One touch and they would have no choice but to copulate with that feline or risk death.

Exposure to the feline pheromone is highly addictive to the genetic mate. The only treatment is hormones released by the feline during sex. Synthesized hormones had never worked to cure this addiction. No one had died in recent years, but a few who tried to resist became extremely sick and gave in to sex with their genetic mate to make it stop.

After diplomatic relations with Earth opened, the Narovian Matchmaking service began advertising on television and the internet. The Drayid attack on Earth tripled applications to the matchmaking service.

 

 

Chapter One

 

Washington, DC morning traffic clogged the streets. Carly Adrian stood at the door of the tour bus checking off students on her list as they boarded the bus. She and her friend Sara were two of four chaperones from their small-town high school in southern Ohio.

Carly taught freshman science and Sara taught senior English. Sara was doing the same just down the street. The kids were up half the night socializing and were not getting up and out of the hotel very quickly at all. Carly and Sara were checking them on to the buses while the other chaperones were going room to room to roust the kids out. About half of the kids were still in the hotel, a few straggling out at a time with their luggage.

No matter what was going on at the school, there were always stragglers. So, they waited.

Traffic was pretty loud, so they didn’t hear the noise right away. First came the blinding wall of light and with it the roar, almost like a freight train. Closer and closer until it cut through between the two tour buses.

Carly was horrified as Sara disappeared behind that hot wall of light. She screamed and screamed until her voice gave out but the noise was so loud that she couldn’t even hear herself screaming. When the wall of light was gone so was the other tour bus, the students and Sara her best friend since grade school.

Sara was the sister she never had. Now she was gone, just gone. All that was left was a huge black hole about a mile square and three hundred feet deep.

Carly sank to the pavement sobbing while the kids on the bus screamed and cried in the background. All those people driving those cars, people in the buildings people walking on the sidewalks disappeared. Carly knew with certainty they were all dead. Life as she knew it changed forever.

A few weeks before that an alien starship came into Earth orbit. Captain Dargan Merrek’s face appeared all over the world announcing the United Galactic Alliance of Worlds offer for Earth to join the Alliance.

The United Nations were not so united. They squabbled over whether opening relations with an extraterrestrial alliance was in our best interest. Alliance diplomats were trying to reassure world leaders that their intentions were entirely honorable.

Carly had believed they were, but who else would have the technology to cause the destruction she had witnessed in Washington?

They were stranded for days in Washington in a hotel with only auxiliary power. Eventually, they learned that an alien enemy of the Alliance had attacked Earth in an attempt to subjugate the world and use it as a food source. The Alliance stopped them and Earth joined them.

 

 

One Year Later

 

“I quit,” Carly Adrian murmured, holding out her folded letter of resignation, and sighed.

Principal Larry Marsh reached across his desk and looked up at Carly as he took the paper from her. “I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. Losing Sara, the way you did last year would mess with anyone’s head… And on the heels of aliens announcing their presence to the world. That pretty well changed the world as we knew it.”

“That’s exactly it,” Carly said. “I realized there was more to life than just a job. I’ve been given an opportunity no science buff could refuse.”

Principal Marsh raised his eyebrows.

“I’m going to the stars to meet my soulmate and live on a colonial world.” Carly smiled. “And I can’t wait!”

“You’re serious.” Larry shook his head. “I don’t believe it. When did this all come about?”

“A few weeks ago. Sara and I put applications in before DC. After first contact, we discovered the Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service advertising on line. They use DNA to find soulmates for various compatible races. Sara said it was like wishing on a star,” Carly paused and sighed. “I forgot all about it until they contacted me. I was in shock at first.”

“You’re going to marry a man you never met?”

“I already did. They guaranteed 99% success in matching people genetically. His name is Joven Brendict and we’ve been exchanging video mail almost daily,” she told him. “I’m sorry I didn’t give you more time, but Holly knows my curriculum and she said she can fill in until the end of the school year. I’m leaving on Monday.”

“Well, Carly, I certainly wish you the best. I hope you know what you’re doing.”

So, do I.

“Thank you.” She gave him a smile and took his extended hand for a last handshake. He was a good guy, and a pleasant boss, but like most of the good guys in their small town, he was already married.

This is the right thing for me. Joven is the one. I must not doubt him.

 

Two Months Ago

 

To: Carly Adrian

From: Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service

 

Carly,

We are pleased to inform you that we have found a genetic soulmate match for you on the Alliance Sector colony of Glasica. Your mate is a Narovian feline cyborg warrior retired from the United Galactic Alliance of Worlds Defense Force.

Captain Joven Brendict is in charge of Star System Security and owns a home and farmland on Glasica. Captain Brendict has an excellent service record and has excellent personal and professional references. Attached is his introductory video. Should you decide to reply, please let us know.

Narovian feline humanoids closely resemble homo sapiens with just a few differences. They have distinctly feline eyes, slightly pointed ears and varying shades of blue hair. Some have blue-black spots or stripes on their neck and shoulders.

We recommend that you take some time to get acquainted with your match before you make a decision to meet. Feline humanoids release powerful pheromones that cause their soulmate and themselves acute sexual arousal. The only remedy is to consummate the relationship within hours of exposure and mate frequently for up to ten days after initial exposure.

Narovian felines, call their soulmates meomee and become totally devoted to them. They mate for life whether their meomee is feline or sapien.

Should you decide to accept Captain Brendict as your mate, he will pay your travel expenses to Glasica, and our office in West Virginia will make the arrangements.

 

Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service

 

Carly read and reread the email on her laptop. It had been over a year since she’d made the application for an alien mate. She knew going in that her potential mate would be homo sapien or feline humanoid. She clicked on the thumbnail photo of him. It was a full body photo of him dressed in a slate-gray body suit.

He had short dark blue hair with a light beard, and his muscular form was enhanced by his body suit. As she enlarged it to see his eyes, her first reaction was, he’s gorgeous. She felt drawn by his blue feline eyes.

Can I really do this? …Go off to another world the bride of an alien male? I want to.

With Sara gone, she didn’t feel there was much to hold her there. Almost a year later cities all across the world were still trying to piece together who and how many died when the Drayid battle cruiser gutted New York City, Los Angeles, Moscow, London, Paris, Rome, Cairo, Delhi, Beijing, and Tokyo as they had Washington D.C. It was the single most significant terrorist act the world had ever known.

A year later, the world was still reeling. Carly’s teaching job was suffering because of the trauma after witnessing the attack. She was going through the motions teaching the required earth science curriculum. It had probably been two years since she’d had a date, and longer since her last regular boyfriend.

She and Sara decided to apply for alien mates after the Alliance announced their presence. After the Drayid attack, Carly forgot all about it… Until today. Finally, she clicked on the video link.

It loaded with a close up of Joven sitting at a desk, he smiled then spoke in slightly accented English:

Good day, meomee. You are seeing this because the matchmaking service has determined from your DNA that you are my genetic soulmate. That is all I need to know to ask you to become my wife and come to live with me on a world called Glasica, a young colonial world. The agency has told you what it means to be meomee to a Narovian feline.

I have reached the point in my life that I am ready to mate and have children. I want that female to be meomee, my true soul mate

My pheromones will bind us both emotionally and physically. You will become my only mate, and I will never desire any other. You and only you will be my one true love. I will protect you with my life.

I wait for your reply.

Joven Brendict end recording.

 

 

Carly stared at the handsome alien on her computer screen. He had a pleasant voice and seemed genuine, though she wasn’t sure how it was that he spoke fluent English. They must have used some kind of translator. She wanted to know him better, beyond that he was gorgeous and sexy.

 

Hello Joven,

I am pleased to meet you by video, and I want to know you better before I can decide to become your wife.

The agency sent me a complete profile on your world, and Glasica seems pristine compared to Earth. It looks beautiful. I also understand that other women from Earth have settled there happily. I have my mother here, but she is my only family. She lives in Brazil with her new husband. We talk on the phone about once a month, but I haven’t seen her in a few years.

The Drayids attacked Earth over a year ago, but it still haunts me… It happened right in front of me. My friend and a busload of our students disappeared in the wall of light which gouged a massive hole in that city.

Before that, we both applied to Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking to find husbands. I never quite believed we would, but I am pleasantly surprised. You are a fine-looking man with an impressive profile. Only the prospect of leaving Earth makes me hesitate to accept your offer.

 

The statistics on successful matching are impressive. Your offer is very tempting. If your offer stands after you have seen my reply, then we should discuss it further.

Carly Adrian end recording.

 

After Carly sent her video reply to Joven, she decided to set up a video chat with her mother. After watching Joven’s short video several times, she admitted to herself she wanted a husband and a family, and she would probably accept her match with Joven. She just needed some time to get used to the idea before she made the commitment.

She set up the call and waited. Carly was surprised when her mom’s image filled the screen.

“Carly, what a surprise. Is everything all right?”

“Nothing’s wrong, I just have some news. Remember back when Sara and I applied to that Narovian Matchmaking agency?”

“Yes… Why?”

“They found me a match, and he’s gorgeous. But I would have to go to his world, a place called Glasica.” Carly said.

“You mean to another planet?”

“Yes, Mom, in another star system. I haven’t decided yet, but the Narovian Matchmaking’s success rate makes it very tempting… And did I mention he is gorgeous?”

“But, Carly, we would never see each other again.”

“We hardly ever see each other now,” she reminded. “I will still be able to video email. I emailed the stats on his world, pictures and his profile.”

“Why can’t you find a nice husband here?”

“Oh, I don’t know. It might be because I am working all the time. Teaching isn’t just an eight hour a day job. There are extracurricular activities, lesson plans, grading papers. Eligible men are few and far between in this town.” Carly said.

“What about other agencies on this world?”

“None of them can genetically match me to my soul mate. This is a chance of a lifetime. I can spend my life teaching other peoples’ children or find some other job and maybe find a husband by trial and error. Or become a single mother by artificial insemination.”

“It sounds like you’ve made up your mind already.”

“I am considering it.”

“What’s a cyborg?”

“A technologically and genetically enhanced humanoid. He has a computer connected to his brain, and tiny little robots in his bloodstream to repair injuries and ward off disease. He was a super soldier.”

“That sounds dangerous.”

“He was a warrior, but now he runs security for his star system. I have his complete profile, and I saw nothing alarming. It sounds like he is in the same situation I am, with few prospects for a wife,” Carly said. “His species can recognize their soulmates by scent, but they are often worlds apart. They use genetic matchmaking services to find their genetic mates, and they are very successful at it.”

Her mother frowned at her from the computer screen and sighed. “I hate to see you go that far away, but I don’t want you to miss a chance to be as happy as I am with Hector. Just be sure it’s what you really want.”

They talked a few more minutes about mundane things before signing off. Her mother didn’t really want her to go off to an alien world, but she had gone to Brazil to be with the man she loved. Carly didn’t love Joven yet, but she was open to the possibility.

After she ended the call, she replayed Joven’s introductory video. As she looked into his intense feline eyes, something about him fascinated her. She realized she wanted to accept his proposal. She just needed a little more time to get used to the idea.

 

 

 

Chapter Two

 

After playing back the video a second and a third time, Carly sat back on her sofa remembering the events that brought her to this point.

The whole world went a little crazy even before the alien attack. The world was still getting used to the fact that they were not alone in the Universe. Earth was not the only planet in the galaxy inhabited by homo sapiens. But after the Drayids attacked, Carly sought counseling to deal with her grief and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sara Thomas had been her best friend since grade school. They grew up in the same southern Ohio small town, went to the same college to become teachers just as they always said they would.

After Captain Dargan Merrek broadcasted his announcement about their presence in the solar system every hour for twenty-four hours, Carly and Sara became fascinated with everything alien. When Carly discovered the Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking site on the internet, Sara was genuinely excited as she.

Several humanoid races were compatible with Earth humans, and thousands of feline humanoids looking for mates. The Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service was not like the Earth dating sites that Carly and Sara had tried a few times. The Narovian service matched applicants genetically.

The men were exotically attractive, even sexy, and she could easily imagine a feline humanoid lover. She loved cats, but unfortunately, she lived in an apartment that didn’t allow pets. The fee was the same as what they would pay for an ancestor DNA search, so they had worked through the detailed application form together.

A few weeks later, Sara was gone.

Even though the trip had marked the end of the school year, summer vacation was not nearly long enough for Carly to recover. She still had nightmares about the day the Drayids attacked. She couldn’t have been closer to Sara if they were sisters. Losing her left a big hole in Carly’s life.

Without Sara, she couldn’t find much enthusiasm for any of the things they did together. Every summer they took a road trip around the country for a week at least. They were both so excited about finding alien mates together, hoping at least to find them on the same planet.

Now it didn’t matter anymore.  The summer after she lost Sara, Carly spent a lot of time on her computer looking at all the Alliance websites that had popped up on the internet between First Contact and the Drayid attack.

The more she learned about the Narovian Feline humanoids, the more confident she felt in her desire to find a feline mate. Carly studied their species in depth, but she had only skimmed the surface of information on cyborgs.

She did learn that the pheromonal meomee bond would temper the ruthless warrior in him. She had pretty much made her decision by the time she received a second vid-mail from Joven:

“My dearest Carly,

You honor me with your reply. Even without the scent of you, the sound of your voice tells me that you are meomee. You are as beautiful as I could imagine in my wildest dreams.

I am truly sorry that you lost your friend in the Drayid attack. I fought for many years in the war against them. We made peace with them, but your world took so long to accept our offer to join the Alliance, the Drayids thought they could annex your world even though it is within Alliance territory. We have a blockade in effect patrolling our border, but it is too late to prevent their attack on Earth.

The territory bordering Sector Six that includes the Glasica system has coexisted with the Alliance for millennia. Life on what is now my world is much like that of small community life on Earth. My kind have been coming to Earth for centuries, so we know a great deal about your culture.

I am pleased that you agreed to accept a cyborg mate, but there is one thing that was not in my profile. Enhancements to my DNA and alterations to my body as I was grown in the artificial womb gave me the ability to shift my body into animal form…” 

Joven backed away from the camera and changed into a large black panther-like creature. As he came closer to the camera, she could see leopard spots beneath the black, somewhat like domestic black cats with tiger stripes showing in the black.

Carly gasped and stared in stunned silence for almost a minute. Joven paced closer to the screen so she could see his blue feline eyes, those same eyes with the loving expression she had seen before. Then she realized that he was just as magnificent in his big cat form. She also knew it didn’t frighten her.

“I knew from the beginning that I must be completely honest about myself with you, meomee. Even with these enhancements to my body, I can breed with you in humanoid form and make offspring with you. Even the scientists who created me can’t be sure whether the shifting trait would be transferred to my children.

I will be deeply saddened if you can’t accept me as your mate because of this, but I will abide with your decision, meomee.”

“Oh, no,” Carly murmured to the man on her computer screen, as she saw the pain in his eyes at the prospect. He seemed to be in love with her already; or maybe in love with the idea of his soulmate. But when she saw that look on his face, Carly just wanted to put her arms around him and hold him close.

Come to me, meomee. We will have a good life here on Glasica. Two females from your world are mated to friends. I told them about you, and they hoped you would accept my proposal and come to Glasica to be my wife. Please consider it, meomee…”

Your meomee,

Joven

End recording.”

 

Carly watched the video a few times while she contemplated her reply. She knew what Sara would say. She wasn’t likely to find another soulmate match. Her gut feeling told her Joven was the one. The only obstacle that made her hesitate was leaving Earth, probably for good.

But what an opportunity! Before the Alliance came, Earth technology might not even establish an extraterrestrial colony in her lifetime, let alone travel interstellar. That in itself was exciting and terrifying at the same time. Maybe Joven made her feel a little bit of that, too. He was a hulk of a man, a fierce cyborg warrior, who could turn himself into a fearsome big cat.

Yet when he looked at her from her screen with such affection, Carly was sure she had nothing to fear from him. That was when she knew she had decided to become his wife.

Carly took a deep breath.

“Joven,

The answer is yes! I am pleased to become your wife. I only wish it didn’t take three months to get to your world. At least, we will be able to talk to each other in real time once I’m in space. That in itself seems as fantastic as marrying a shape-shifting feline cyborg.”

Carly paused to laugh out loud.

Please don’t be offended, meomee. I am laughing because I am happy now that I made the decision to come to you. When I say it out loud, it seems almost too fantastic to be real. But it feels more real every time I watch your vid-mails.

I know it’s right because I feel a unique connection to you that I’ve never felt with anyone else.

I learned as much as I could about your species after Sara, and I made our applications to the Interstellar Matchmaking Service. We were both born and raised within the radius of the Alliance Law Enforcement base, so I knew being matched with a Narovian feline humanoid was possible. Honestly, I was kind of hoping.

It’s probably just as well that it will take three months so we can get to know each other before your pheromones have us in the throes of mating frenzy. Although it does sound exciting. You are so hot.”

She smiled into the camera on her laptop at him blushing. Felines were well known in Alliance sectors for their sensuality and sexual prowess. Just thinking about the lengthy process of consummating their marriage got her female parts all excited.

“I mean you are handsome…”

Joven’s Bride – Part Two Excerpt

Prologue

Tales of aliens coming to Earth and taking people had been circulated for many years before the United Galactic Alliance of Worlds sent a ship to announce that it was true. Alien agents had been stationed on Earth for the last four hundred years to curtail human trafficking by other races.

Shortly, after that, an aggressive race called the Drayids attacked Earth and cut a mile square hole in twelve major cities around the world. They left a hole three hundred feet deep, and vaporized everything within, killing millions.

During the four hundred years the aliens stationed on Earth took mates from the local population in what became West Virginia. The alien force was primarily comprised of humans and feline humanoids. Both compatible with humans.

The feline humanoids closely resembled homo sapiens except for their feline eyes and various shades of blue hair. Although the felines can recognize their genetic mate, the Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service collects DNA samples and finds genetic mates for felines and humans.

Before the Alliance opening diplomatic relations with Earth, Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking set up an ancestor DNA service on Earth. It linked with other such services on Earth to increase chances of finding mates for the feline humanoids, humans, and cyborgs.

The practice was controversial because felines give off a pheromone that causes their human mate to enter a state of heat. It manifests as an overwhelming need to copulate with the feline. In a sense, they become biologically addicted to their feline mate. The feline was given the identity and location of the mate on Earth without consent. The felines came to Earth sought them. One touch and they would have no choice but to copulate with that feline or risk death.

After diplomatic relations with Earth opened, the Narovian Matchmaking service began advertising on television and the internet. The Drayid attack on Earth tripled applications to the matchmaking service.

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To: Carly Adrian

From: Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service

 Carly,

We are pleased to inform you that we have found a genetic soulmate match for you on the Alliance Sector colony of Glasica. Your mate is a Narovian feline cyborg warrior retired from the United Galactic Alliance of Worlds Defense Force.

Captain Joven Brendict is in charge of Star System Security and owns a home and farmland on Glasica. Captain Brendict has an excellent service record and has excellent personal and professional references. Attached is his introductory video. Should you decide to reply, please let us know.

Narovian feline humanoids closely resemble homo sapien with just a few differences. They have distinctly feline eyes, slightly pointed ears and varying shades of blue hairs. Some have blue-black spots or stripes on their neck and shoulders.

We recommend that you take some time to get acquainted with your match before you make a decision to meet. Feline humanoids release powerful pheromones that cause their soulmate and themselves acute sexual arousal. The only remedy is to consummate the relationship within hours of exposure and mate frequently for up to ten days after initial exposure.

Narovian felines, call their soulmates meomee and become totally devoted to them. They mate for life whether their meomee is feline or sapien.

Should you decide to accept Captain Bradict as your mate, he will pay your travel expenses to Glasica, and our office in West Virginia will make the arrangements.

 

Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service

 

Carly read and reread the email on her laptop. It had been over a year since she’d made the application for an alien mate. She knew going in that her potential mate would be homo sapien or feline humanoid. She clicked on the thumbnail photo of him. It was a full body photo of him dressed in a slate-gray body suit.

He had short dark blue hair with a light beard, and his muscular form was enhanced by his body suite. As she enlarged it to see his eyes, her first reaction was, he’s gorgeous. She felt drawn by his blue feline eyes.

Could she really do this? Could she go off to another world and become the bride of an alien male? Did she have the courage? After the Drayid attack last year, she didn’t feel brave at all.

That was the day her best friend had died right in front of her. She and about seventy students were vaporized by the wall of light that gouged out a one square mile hole in Washington D.C. The Drayid battle cruiser gutted New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Moscow, London, Paris, Rome, Cairo, Delhi, Beijing, and Tokyo. It was the single most significant terrorist act the world had ever known.

A year later, the world was still reeling. Carly’s teaching job was suffering because of the trauma from witnessing the attack. She was going through the motions teaching the required earth science curriculum. It had probably been two years since she’d had a date, and longer since her last regular boyfriend.

She and Sara decided to apply for alien mates after the Alliance announced their presence. After the Drayid attack, Carly forgot all about it… Until today. Finally, she clicked on the video link.

It loaded with a close up of Joven sitting at a desk, he smiled then spoke:

Good day, meomee. You are seeing this because the matchmaking service has determined from your DNA that you are my genetic soulmate. That is all I need to know to ask you to become my wife and come to live with me on a world called Glasica, a young colonial world. The agency has told you what it means to be meomee to a Narovian feline.

I have reached the point in my life that I am ready to mate and have children. I want that female to be meomee, my true soul mate

My pheromones will bind us both emotionally and physically. You will become my only mate, and I will never desire any other. You and only you will be my one true love. I will protect you with my life.

I wait for your reply.

Joven Brendict

 

 

Carly stared at the handsome alien on her computer screen. He had a pleasant voice and seemed genuine, though she wasn’t sure how it was that he spoke fluent English. They must have used some kind of translator. She wanted to know him better, beyond that he was gorgeous and sexy.

 

Hello Joven,

I am pleased to meet you by video, and I want to know you better before I can decide to become your wife. The Drayids attacked Earth over a year ago, but it still haunts me… It happened right in front of me. My friend and a busload of our students disappeared in the wall of light which gouged a massive hole in that city.

Before that, we both applied to Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking to find husbands. I never quite believed we would, but I am pleasantly surprised. You are a fine-looking man with an impressive profile. Only the prospect of leaving Earth makes me hesitate to accept your offer.

The agency sent me a complete profile on your world, and Glasica seems pristine compared to Earth. It looks beautiful. I also understand that other women from Earth have settled there happily. I have my mother here, but she is my only family. She lives in Brazil with her new husband. We talk on the phone about once a month, but I haven’t seen her in a few years.

The statistics on successful matching are impressive. Your offer is very tempting. If your offer stands after you have seen my reply, then we should discuss it further.

Respectfully,

Carly Adrian

 

After Carly sent her video reply to Joven, she decided to set up a video chat with her mother. After watching Joven’s short video several times, she admitted to herself she wanted a husband a family, and she would probably accept her match with Joven. She just needed some time to get used to the idea before she made the commitment.

She set up the call and waited. Carly was surprised when her mom’s image filled the screen.

“Carly, what a surprise. Is everything all right?”

“Nothing’s wrong, I just have some news. Remember back when Sara and I applied to that Narovian Matchmaking agency?”

“Yes… Why?”

“They found me a match, and he’s gorgeous. But, I would have to go to his world, a place called Glasica.” Carly said.

“You mean to another planet?”

“Yes, Mom, in another star system. I haven’t decided yet, but the Narovian Matchmaking’s success rate makes it very tempting… And did I mention he is gorgeous?”

“But, Carly, we would never see each other again.”

“We hardly ever see each other now,” she reminded. “I will still be able to video email. I emailed the stats on his world, pictures and his profile.”

“Why can’t you find a nice husband here?”

“Oh, I don’t know. It might be because I am working all the time. Teaching isn’t just an eight hour a day job. There are extracurricular activities, lesson plans, grading papers. Eligible men are few and far between in this town.” Carly said.

“What about other agencies on this world?”

“None of them can genetically match me to my soul mate. This is a chance of a lifetime. I can spend my life teaching other peoples’ children or find some other job and maybe find a husband by trial and error. Or become a single mother by artificial insemination.”

“It sounds like you’ve made up your mind already.”

“I am considering it.”

“What’s a cyborg?”

“A technologically and genetically enhanced humanoid. He has a computer connected to his brain, and tiny little robots in his bloodstream to repair injuries and ward off disease. He was a super soldier.”

“That sounds dangerous.”

“He was a warrior, but now he runs security for his star system. I have his complete profile, and I saw nothing alarming. It sounds like he is in the same situation I am, with few prospects for a wife,” Carly said. “His species can recognize their soulmates by scent, but they are often worlds apart. They use genetics to find them, and they are very successful at it.”

Her mother frowned at her from the computer screen and sighed. “I hate to see you go that far away, but I don’t want you to miss a chance to be as happy as I am with Hector. Just be sure it’s what you really want.”

They talked a few more minutes about mundane things before signing off. Her mother didn’t really want her to go off to an alien world, but she had gone to Brazil to be with the man she loved. Carly didn’t love Joven yet, but she was open to the possibility.

After she ended the call, she replayed Joven’s introductory video. As she looked into his intense feline eyes, something about him fascinated her. She realized she wanted to accept his proposal. She just needed a little more time to get used to the idea.

 

 

 

 

Joven’s Bride: A Little History Part One

My first series, Narovian Mates centered on a race of feline humanoids who give off pheromones that cause them to go into a torrid mating frenzy when they find their soulmates. The pheromones cause both the feline and his/her mate to be affected to the point where they can hardly get their clothes off fast enough to have sex.

They get acquainted and bond while having sex up to several times a day for about ten days, then they are bonded for life. When this recognition happens with a complete stranger, it’s not always a happy occasion.

Not all felines are lucky enough to find their soulmate or meomee by chance because they might live on a far-off planet in another star system. Enter the Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service, which uses DNA matching to find soulmates for both humans and feline humanoids which are actually hybrids of homo sapiens.

Even before Earth was invited to join the United Galactic Alliance of Worlds, the match making service had access to DNA of humans on Earth through ancestor DNA evaluation services. In fact, the Alliance had a secret base on Earth before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, to fight human trafficking by alien slavers.

While on Earth, the Narovian felines bred with homo sapiens and created offspring that looked fully human, but were part feline as well. I likened it to wolves or coyotes breeding with dogs.

Also, in this universe homo sapiens were not limited to evolution on Earth. Some superior ancient race put homo sapiens on dozens of compatible worlds as well as compatible variations. While there are aliens of other races not many can interbreed with humans.

There can be many variations with in one race, considering the variations right here on Earth. Or even consider domestic animals. A Poodle and a Pitbull are both dogs and capable of breeding. So that’s the premise I used with humans. Worlds with interstellar travel would likely have more variations within a race than those that don’t.

When the Alliance was at war with the insectoid Drayids, they began manufacturing cyborgs to fight the interstellar wars, using both homo sapiens and feline humanoids. Because they were sentient and self-aware beings, Alliance humanoid rights enforcement declared that cyborgs had to be freed after their service.

In much of “cyborg lore” they are capable of recognizing their genetic soulmates in various ways. So, they also benefit from the method used by the Narovian Interstellar Matchmaking Service.

Early in the Narovian Mates series, I established that the event took place in contemporary Earth time with extraterrestrial humans being technologically far ahead of Earth. Prior to becoming recognized by the Alliance, the Matchmaking service found matches for feline humanoids on Earth without notifying the Earthlings of the match. Some felines would come to Earth and deliberately expose them to their pheromones, giving them no choice but to mate for life.

 

Copyright©2019

By Christine Myers

May 3, 2019 Newsletter

Dear Readers:
My biggest news this week is that Kragyn, Farseek Warrior Series Book 1 is now and audiobook, too. It is read by a professional  with a lovely British accent. I thought he captured the characters just as I intended them.  …AND I have promotional codes to get the Kragyn audio book FREE for review. The first 10 people who email me at clarissalake1@gmail.com  with the subject line “Kragyn Audio Review Copy”   will get a code with instructions on how to use it. Any requests after the first 10 will be put into a drawing for 10 more.

I am working to finish “Joven’s Bride” for a June Release. This book is a little different than the first two in the Interstellar Matchmaking series. The title character is a Narovian feline cyborg big cat shifter. I don’t know how it ends yet, but it promises to be steamy and has a HEA with no cliffhanger.

I don’t want to jinx it but Talia’s Cyborg got some nice reviews. It’s available exclusively on Amazon so it can be in the Kindle Unlimited program. My books that are not in KU are free on AMAZON US and Smashwords for everywhere else.

Also in this issue I have some new releases from fellow authors you might enjoy.

Find all my books at my AMAZON PAGE. Until next time…

Happy Reading!

 

 

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Kragyn is Now Available on Audible Unabridged!

 

Kragyn: Farseek Warrior Series Book 1 is now available in Audible and will soon be available in iTunes and Amazon.  The reading by Craig Bowles is just wonderful. I couldn’t be more pleased with the completed work. It’s a very steamy tale, and Mr. Bowles captured romance between Kragyn and Reanne beautifully as he made the characters come alive.

Even if you have read the book, hearing it read by a trained actor is a whole different whole different experience.

When used to commute to work an hour each way, I loved listening to audio books. I could check them out of the library, and they had a rotating collection. Listening to audio books is a great way to occupy your mind when you are exercising, jogging, walking , or performing mundane tasks. Audio books give the person who doesn’t have the time to read a chance to experience the books  while doing other things.

If you have an Audible subscription, look for Kragyn there.  You can get a free 30-day trial of Audible at www.audible.com.

Thank you for reading and listening.

About Talia’s Cyborg

I am Bodee Flint, a cyborg created to fight an interstellar war, only I was never awakened until it was all over. Instead I was awakened by the cyborg team who returned from the war to help restore civilization to Earth.

Since I was awakened, they reprogrammed me to clear damaged buildings of squatters and demolish them so we can build a new starport.

Real life is so much richer than the virtual life I had in stasis. We rescued many females from the demolition site, but none were for me. About six months in to the project, I returned to the barracks after a long day, and my female… My one female was waiting with Commander Somber and his female.

The commander and his mate brought her to meet all of us because she wanted a mate to breed and make offspring. I think I have loved her all my life but she was never quite real in my circuits. That was the day I became Talia’s Cyborg.

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April 2019 Newsletter

Dear Readers:

Talia’s Cyborg is now available for pre-order. I have reviewed the edits and made suggested changes and now it’s going to be proofed one more time. Release day is April 22. To celebrate Vyken Dark will be FREE April 22-26 in an Art of the Arcane Book Fair.

Preparations for the April Showers Bargain Book Fair and Giveaway April 4-7 are on schedule. Christine Myers’ Aledan Series Box Set is  on sale for $2.99 exclusively at Amazon. That’s the Kindle Edition entire series of six books plus the prequel for just.

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Thank you all for reading!

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Writing Talia’s Cyborg and an Excerpt

Talia found her mate, a gorgeous cyborg made for war who never fought. He could give her children, but she didn’t expect to love him…

Talia’s Cyborg

This novella is my first entry in the Cyborg Awakening series which happens in the prehistory of Christine Myers’ Aledan Series. In that series, Hankura goes to Earth to find his psion mate Michelle Marlow (Chelle). In that series, Farringay was still under the control of gang and overlords. It never became part of the Enclave Territory that the cyborgs helped build.

While collaborating on the writing of Jolt Somber, I suggested writing the next in the series about Talia and Bodee who were introduced in Jolt’s story. Bodee Flint was one of the recently awakened cyborgs put into service to build the Farringay starport. Although he was made to be a warrior, he had never been to war.

The story opens with Jolt’s arrival at Talia’s homestead told from her point of view.

He is a newbie who had only ever lived in AI generated virtual reality while he was in stasis for over 80 years after he was spawned. When Jolt brings Talia to Farringay to meet the cyborgs who might have the right DNA to mate with her, Bodee has had little real time experience with unenhanced humans.

His sexual education occurred in virtual reality with a pseudo mate that represented his one true mate. Bodee was pre-conditioned to love his mate, and he falls for Talia pretty quickly.

Talia is not convinced she will love this gorgeous young cyborg; he seems so young and inexperienced. But the sexual attraction is almost immediate. She decides to accept him because good men are few and far between. The can’t face another winter alone in the mountains at her isolated homestead.

Though Bodee wants her “almost more than his next breath,” he promised Talia he won’t breed with her until she asks. She thinks she is going to take her time to get to know him, but she is too attracted to him to wait.

Things heat up from there. Warning: Talia’s Cyborg contains explicit sex scenes. No cheating and HEA. There are also a couple violent scenes not between the main characters.

The following is an excerpt from Talia’s Cyborg.

 

PROLOGUE

Talia held the shotgun with the stock braced under her right arm and loaded five shells into it. She put five more into the pocket of her light jacket. They were birdshot reloads she made herself. With any luck, she would bring back a couple squirrels, or maybe a rabbit so she and her dog Edson could have meat for dinner.

She started toward the kitchen door when Edson began to bark. Then she heard a whining noise; she didn’t recognize. What the hell?

Pushing aside the curtain on the kitchen door window, her eyes widened. It was a vehicle she had never seen before, and a tall, gorgeous man climbed out. He wore some kind of weapon in a holster on his right hip. Talia started to tremble, not noticing the woman that was moving to accompany him. What could he want?

Slowly, she opened the kitchen door and fired a warning shot into the ground to the right of the man. Then she saw the woman that he shoved protectively behind him.

“You in the house,” Jolt called out. “We are not here to harm you. I’m from the Federation. The war is over. I stopped to see if you need food, medicine, or a medic.”

“Oh crap!” Talia snapped. She had just shot at a Federation agent. Taking a deep breath and letting it out, her mind raced for a plausible explanation. She opened the door and stepped out holding the shotgun pointed at the ground. Then she got a good look at the man on her lawn. Now she was in trouble. He wasn’t just a Federation agent.

“Cyborg. You’re a cyborg!” she exclaimed. “My father told me they made you for the war.” He’d also told her they could kill a man with their bare hands. “I never expected to see one in my front yard.”

“Why did you shoot at us?”

Talia’s brows knit slightly, and she said the first thing that popped into her head. “If I were shooting at you, I would have hit you. I thought you were Nick Jester coming back to talk his way into my life again.” She shrugged and sighed. “Now, I can see you’re not…”

“I don’t know him,” Jolt said, glancing around as he searched his memory bank.

“Just the jerk down the road that wants to screw me. Edson doesn’t like him.” She nodded at the dog that sat quietly beside her, “That’s good enough for me.”

As Jolt looked at her, he found it understandable that a man wanted her. He suspected one of his brethren would be thrilled to discover she was their female. She was a tall, attractive woman with flame red hair and sparkling blue eyes.

“I am Jolt Somber, and this is Iris Bloom,” he said and she moved to stand beside him. “We came on behalf of the Enclave near New Chicago to offer help if you need it.”

“I get by on my own, but I wouldn’t mind finding the right mate,” she said. “Jester comes around every so often to offer his services, but that lazy bastard just wants me to keep him for the winter. He knows I got food stored up in the root cellar and wood for the stove.”

Iris laughed.

Talia smiled when Iris laughed and continued, “Next time he comes around I just might shoot the fucker,” she asserted with a grimace. “Anyway, I’m pleased to meet you. Nice to meet someone who wants to help rather than trying to take what I got. I’m Talia Cannon. Does the Federation have any more like you?” She looked at Jolt hopefully. He was one of the best-looking males she had ever seen.

“We have hundreds of cyborgs working to rebuild the Farringay Starport. One of them could be your mate, but they would not know until they met you.” Jolt explained.

“Could you arrange such a meeting?” Talia asked.

“You could come with us to Farringay. But we cannot offer any private quarters at our base,” Jolt said. “We have women camping out in a separate wing waiting for transport to the Enclave at New Chicago.”

“Can I bring Edson? He must approve any mate I would take.”

Jolt eyed the dog sitting calmly at her side. “I see no harm. We are going to Farringay, now. You will not need your weapon.”

“I believe you, but I’d rather not leave it behind to get stolen,” Talia said. “I can unload it before we get into your flier.”

Jolt nodded his ascent.

“Edson put the goats and chickens in the barn.” The dog barked and ran to the barnyard. He continued barking as he rounded up the animals and herded them to the barn opening.”

“My ancestors, are from Farringay, and my cabin was their vacation home before the war. They fled to the mountains when the aliens bombed the city,” said Talia. “I am the last of my line unless I find a mate to make a child with.”

As she spoke, she unloaded the weapon and put the bullets in the shoulder bag she carried. “I will grab a change of clothes and lock up.”

While they were speaking, Jolt had confirmed the plan with Commander Dark in case one of the Farringay cyborgs was her male. He would release that male if he wished to return to Talia’s mountain home with her. Both he and Jolt believed the best way to help Talia was to help find her a mate.

Few cyborgs would be hard to replace at Farringay since most of them were newbies less than a year out of stasis. Vyken could awaken more whenever they needed them. Building families was a key factor of rebuilding civilization on Earth. Finding Talia’s male would be a small step.

Talia returned just a few minutes later with a larger cross the body cloth bag. Jolt showed her where to put her things behind the rear passenger seats. She stowed them and went back to the barn to close the door.

Jolt and Iris waited by the flyer while Talia closed and latched the barn door, then walked to the flier with Edson. He seemed to know without being told to get in after his mistress and sit in the rear passenger seat beside her. If she was nervous about flying, she didn’t show it. They arrived at the complex about twenty minutes later, it would have taken Talia four to five days to walk it.

The building wasn’t much to look at, but it was a stable structure with more than enough room for the 500 cyborgs it housed. Jolt had notified Lieutenant Commander Axel Rex that he was bringing in Talia, so he wasn’t surprised when a significant number of cyborgs met them at the doorway. They all sought a mate and were there to determine if Talia was their female.

Jolt and Iris stood with her at the doorway while cyborgs entered and paused in front of Talia. Each one seemed hopeful, but there was no sign of recognition.

Talia had never seen so many people in one place in her life, nor so many handsome men, living her isolated life on her mountain homestead. They all looked so young, not that she was so old. Even Jolt who was getting close to ninety only looked about twenty-five.

So many cyborgs passed with no sign of awareness, and Talia was giving up hope that any of them would be her mate. Then a few stragglers strode in, and Edson’s nostrils flared, and he gave a soft bark.

Flanked by his friends the cyborg called Bodee looked up and zeroed in on Talia. His usual stoic expression converted into pleased grin. He was a classic tall dark and handsome, broad-shouldered with solid muscle as all the cyborgs. His intense green eyes were lit in delight. He looked at least as young as Jolt, maybe even a couple years younger.

The tall cyborg strode across the room to stand in front of Talia and offered his hands to her. When she looked up into his eyes, and suddenly it was hard to breathe. A frisson of attraction flowed through her body like an incoming tide. He was the one! She put her hands in his.

“This is Talia Cannon,” Jolt told him. The other cyborg never took his eyes from hers.

“Talia Cannon, I am your male, Bodee Flint. Will you become my femalesaid and inclined his head as a sign of respect as he gripped her hands.

She was tall, about 5’10” to his 6’8”, and they made a striking couple.

“I’m pleased to meet you, Bodee,” Talia told him with a raised eyebrow. “Shall we go for a walk outside and talk.” With that, he took her hand, and they went outdoors for some privacy.

 

Chapter One

 

Talia was nervous and excited. Every cyborg she saw that day was gorgeous, but only Bodee attracted her.

“How old are you?” Talia asked as they walked.

“Eighty years, six months, three weeks, two days, twelve hours and fifty-seven minutes…” Bodee replied. “Is that relevant?” He inclined his head studying her face.

“You look so damn young like I might be at least ten years older than you.”

“How old are you?” he asked.

“Well, okay, that’s fair. I’m thirty-one.”

“Your age and my age are not relevant. We are adults, and you are my female,” he said. “Will you decline to be my mate because you think I look younger than you?”

“I didn’t say that. I was thinking out loud.” She glanced up at him giving him a tentative smile. “I won’t get a better offer in these parts. There are not many single men, and they are not that good.”

Bodee and Talia walked along the crumbled access road that surrounded the old industrial building until they were alone. They stopped under the shade of an old tree with its leaves ablaze with shades of yellow, orange and red. Bodee still held her hand, turning to face her. He brought it to his lips and kissed the back of it, watching her face.

“Cyborgs only have one female .” He smiled down at her like he couldn’t get enough of looking at her. “We all dream of finding our female. You are as beautiful as I could have imagined.” He couldn’t resist reaching up to touch her wavy, long red hair. I can be a good mate for you. I learned how to pleasure a woman in my virtual life.”

“Virtual life? What’s that?” Talia wondered with a puzzled expression.

“It’s a complex AI simulation that runs through our internal computer, simulating life experiences and training to stimulate our minds while we are in stasis.”

“Okay, but how do you know that I am your woman? What if we don’t get along together? I can be stubborn and unreasonable… And just plain bitchy. I can’t sense it the way you can, but I am attracted to you. You seem nice, and you’re a fine looking man.” She smiled up at him.

“I know I can make offspring with you by your scent. I can adapt to your needs and care for you.” Bodee held her hand against his chest, his eyes full of wonder and eagerness to please her. “I want to be your male. Will you accept me?”

Talia looked up into his green eyes, taking in the features of his handsome face. Although she thought Bodee looked about twenty-two, something about him made her believe that she needed him. She wondered how a computer simulation could prepare him for life on an off-the-grid homestead.

Her gaze lingered on his full lips. She wanted to know if they would feel as good as they looked.

“Please kiss me.”  She pointed to her lips with her free hand.

He smiled then lowered his mouth to hers in what started as a light touch of their lips. She opened for him and slid the tip of her tongue between his lips. That was all the invitation he needed to swirl his tongue around hers and stake his claim inside her mouth. Passion flared, and Bodee pressed her against him.

Talia delighted in the feel of his big, hard body in her arms. Her nipples tightened against his firm chest. She felt a flutter in her core as he deepened the kiss, and his erection pressed against her belly. It also told her; he wanted her… And he could kiss like a pro.

When the kiss ended, they were both breathless with arousal. “Oh, yes, Bodee you can be my mate,” she assured him. “I had to be sure we had chemistry. Jolt said if one of you were my male you can come and live with me in the mountains at my homestead. Do you agree to do that?”

“I would do anything for you, Talia. When we get there will we  breed and make offspring?” Bodee asked with a hopeful expression, still holding her.

“After we get better acquainted,” she told him. “To make sure you don’t want to change your mind about being my male.”

“That will never happen. I know you are my one female.” He gently gripped her upper arms, holding her gaze.

Bodee looked so earnest as he spoke, and there was an innocence about him. Most of the cyborgs were like that, as Talia thought about it. The common thread was that they had never been to war, but Jolt assured her they trained while in stasis. We refreshed their training when we awakened them for the Farringay Starport construction.

“I believe you,” she said with a slight smile. “So, you didn’t answer my question.”

“I’m sorry, I was looping on the pleasure of holding you pressed against me and kissing you,” he admitted. “Yes, I will go with you to your homestead, and help you with the work. I will care for you and protect you, and you will tell me when you wish to breed and make offspring.”

Talia grinned at him as he still held her close. “I liked it too. How soon can we leave?”

“Commander Somber is off duty. I will check with Lieutenant Rex.” Bodee paused for a few seconds. “They will take us on the way to New Chicago tomorrow. Lieutenant Rex told me to download law enforcement protocols so I can help protect the other homesteaders in your mountains.”

“I don’t think you will need to do much protecting. Things are peaceful up there, except for Nick Jester and a few that come around looking for a handout or to stir things up sometimes.” Talia said.

“Who is Nick Jester?” Bodee asked.

Talia looked away and sighed. She was embarrassed that she was ever involved with him. That she had slept with him, but she was damned lonely then. She thought she had to settle for him because he was all there was. And I used him.

“We were a couple a few years back. Then he left without a word. Months later in the late fall, he showed up and wanted me to take him back. It didn’t take me long to figure out his game. He acted like he still cared… Helped me with the harvest. He even told me he loved me. …Stayed with me all winter, then left in the spring, just before planting time. …Never came back until after harvest in the fall after I’d put everything up for winter.”

“He didn’t love you, or he wouldn’t have left you alone all that time.” Bodee frowned.

“No. Nick thought I was stupid or something. That was three years ago. I have been doing alright on my own since then, but he comes back every fall and tries to sweet talk me into letting him stay,” she said. “Last year I ran him off at gunpoint and fired off a couple rounds to hurry him along.”

“Do you want me to kill him for you?” Bodee sounded hopeful.

Talia blinked, and her mouth dropped open as she registered his earnest expression. He meant it.

“No, I don’t think you need to kill him. I think he’ll give it up when he sees I have you. But if he tries to hurt you, then you can defend yourself.”

“Even if I am damaged, I heal fast. I am bringing my weapon, and a com tablet for you when we go to your homestead.”

“Will you teach me how to use that? I learned to read from my parents, but we had no tech.”

“I will teach you.” Bodee stared down into her face as she looked up at him. “Can I kiss you again?”

“We better not,” she said and sighed. “My body is still all excited from that first kiss. I don’t know what might happen if we do it again.”

“Because you will want to breed with me?”

Talia paused. She was busted. With his muscular body pressed against hers and his hardon clearly outlined against her belly, she already wanted him.

Finally, she said, “Yes, but my mind isn’t there yet.” Then, her stomach growled.

 

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Prologue: Previously in Cyborg Awakenings 2

Jolt Somber guided the hover-flyer in a circle over the mountain homestead below. It was isolated on a plateau with the next nearest dwelling miles away. The others appeared to be abandoned, but this one looked well kept with animals in the pasture and dog in the yard. The cyborg circled back and picked a spot a dozen yards from an entrance to the house.

Slowing to a stop midair he switched to hover mode and set the flyer down in the grass near what was once along driveway from the what was once a paved road about one hundred yards away. The house was a large, traditional log cabin.

“I read only one person in the house,” Jolt said to his mate, Iris. “This will be our last stop today.”

“Should I get out with you or do you want me to wait until we see if they are friendly or not.”

“It should be okay. I believe the person in the house is female. She might feel more receptive if you come with me,” he said. He used his cyber connection to the flyer’s computer to shut down the engines and open the doors on both sides. They both climbed out and met at the front of it, where Jolt took Iris’s hand as they walked slowly toward the entrance.

A gunshot rang out just as Jolt noticed movement at the window beside the door. He immediately shoved Iris behind him. Another sounded after the pump action of action of a shotgun clicked. No projectiles hit Jolt. The shot harmlessly disturbed the dirt in the driveway to his left. Either the shooter had lousy aim, or they were meant to be a warning.

“You in the house,” Jolt called out. “We are not here to harm you. I’m from the Federation. The war is over, and I stopped to see if you need any assistance with food, medicine, or a medic.” He waited with Iris pressed tightly to his back.

A young woman with flame red hair stepped out the front door, her shotgun under her arm pointed groundward. Beside her was a big, longhaired multicolored dog. The blacks and browns were mixed together. He was as big as a wolf, but his muzzle was too blunt, and his ears were semi-erect. He stood quietly at the woman’s side. It was the same dog he’d seen from the air.

“You’re a cyborg,” she said. “My father told me about cyborgs. I never thought I would ever see one. He said they made you to fight the war.”

“Yes, that’s true. Why did you shoot at us?”

“If I were shooting at you, I would have hit you. I thought you were Nick Jester trying to worm his way back into my life again.”

“I don’t know who that is,” Jolt said.

“Just the jerk down the road that wants to screw me. Edson here doesn’t like him.” She nodded at the dog. “That’s good enough for me.”

As Jolt looked at her, he found it understandable that a man wanted her. He suspected one of his brethren would be thrilled to discover she was his female.

“I am Jolt Somber, and this is Iris Bloom,” he said. “We came on behalf of the Enclave near New Chicago to offer assistance if you need it.”

“I get by on my own, but I wouldn’t mind finding the right mate,” she said. “Jester comes around every so often to offer his services, but that lazy bastard just wants me to keep him for the winter. He knows I got food stored up in the root cellar and wood for the stove.”

Iris laughed.

“Next time he comes around I just might shoot the fucker,” she asserted. “Anyway, I’m pleased to meet you. Nice to meet someone who wants to help rather than trying to take what I got. I’m Talia Cannon. Does the Federation have any more like you?” She was looking at Jolt hopefully. He was one of the best-looking males she had ever seen.

“We have hundreds of cyborgs working to rebuild the Farringay Starport. One of them could be your male, but they would likely not know until they met you.” Jolt explained.

“Could you arrange such a meeting?” Talia asked.

“You could come with us to Farringay. But we cannot offer any private quarters at our base,” Jolt said. “We have women camping out in a separate wing waiting to be transported to the Enclave at New Chicago.”

“Can I bring Edson? He must approve any mate I would take.”

Jolt eyed the dog sitting calmly at her side. “I see no harm. We are on our way to Farringay, now. You will not need your weapon.”

“I believe you, but I’d rather not leave it behind to get stolen,” Talia said. “I can unload it before we get into your flyer. I just need to get a change of clothes.”

Jolt nodded his ascent.

“Edson put the goats and chickens in the barn.” The dog barked and ran to the barnyard, barking as he rounded up the animals and herded them to the barn opening.”

“My ancestors, are from Farringay, and my cabin was their vacation home before the war. They fled to the mountains when the aliens started bombing the city,” said Talia. “I am the last of my line unless I find a mate to make a child with.”

As she spoke, she unloaded the weapon and put the bullets in the shoulder bag she carried. “I just need to grab a change of clothes and lock up.”

While they were speaking, Jolt had confirmed the plan with Commander Dark in case one of the Farringay cyborgs was her male. He would release that male if he wished to return to Talia’s mountain home with her. Both he and Jolt believed the best way to help Talia was to help find her a mate.

There were only a few cyborgs that would be hard to replace. Building families was a key factor of rebuilding civilization on Earth. Finding Talia’s male would be a small step.

Talia returned just a few minutes later with a larger cross the body cloth bag. Jolt showed her where to put her things behind the rear passenger seats. She stowed them and went back to the barn to close the door.

Jolt and Iris waited by the flyer while Talia closed and latched the barn door, then walked to the flyer with Edson. He seemed to know without being told to get in the flyer after his mistress and sit in the rear passenger seat beside her. If she was nervous about flying, she didn’t show it. They arrived at the complex about twenty minutes later. Typically, it would have taken Talia four to five days to walk it.

The building wasn’t much to look at, but it was a stable structure with more than enough room for the 500 cyborgs it housed. Jolt had notified them that Talia was coming to meet with them to learn if any of them were her male. He and Iris stood with her at the doorway while cyborgs passed by to determine if Talia were their female.

Talia had never seen so many people in one place in her life, nor so many handsome men, living her isolated life on her mountain homestead. They all looked so young, not that she was so old. Even Jolt who was getting close to ninety only looked about twenty-five.

Many cyborgs passed with no sign of awareness, and Talia was starting to give up hope that any of them would be her mate. Then a few stragglers strode in, and Edson’s nostrils flared, and he gave a soft bark.

The one in the middle looked up and zeroed in on Talia immediately, and his usually stoic expression converted into an elated grin. He was a classic tall dark and handsome, broad-shouldered and solid muscle as all the cyborgs. His ordinarily intense green eyes were lit in delight. He looked at least as young as Jolt, maybe even a couple years younger.

The tall cyborg strode across the room to stand in front of Talia and offered his hands to her. She looked up into his eyes and knew he was the one by the attraction she felt for him. She put her hands in his.

“This is Talia Cannon,” Jolt told him. The other cyborg never took his eyes from hers.

“Talia Cannon, I am your male, Bodee Flint. I would be honored for you to be my female,” he said and inclined his head as a sign of respect as he gently gripped her hands.

She was tall, about 5’10” to his 6’8”, and they made a striking couple. But this was only a beginning.

“I’m pleased to meet you, Bodee,” Talia told him.
“Shall we go for a walk outside and talk. I’ve been expecting you.” With that, he took her hand, and they left the building for some privacy.

Talia was both nervous and excited at the same time. All of the cyborgs she’d seen that day were gorgeous, but she hadn’t felt the attraction for any of them that she felt for this young man.

“You look so young,” Talia said as they walked. “How old are you?”

“Eighty years, six months, three weeks, two days, twelve hours and fifty-seven minutes…” Bodee replied. “Is that relevant?”

“You just look so damn young, like I might be at least ten years older than you.”

“How old are you?” he asked.

“Well, I guess that’s fair. I’m thirty-one.”

“Your age and my age are not relevant. We are adults and you are my female,” he said. “Will you decline to be my mate because you think I look younger than you?”

“I didn’t say that. I was just thinking out loud.” She glanced up at him giving him a tentative smile. “I doubt I would get a better offer in these parts. All the men that are any good already got a woman. I prefer not to share.”

They walked a long the crumbled old access road that surrounded the old industrial building until they were alone. They stopped under the shade of an old tree with its leaves ablaze with shades of yellow, orange and red.

“Cyborgs don’t share either.” He smiled down at her like he couldn’t get enough of looking at her. “I always dreamed of finding my female. You are as beautiful as I could have imagined. I will be a good mate to you. I know how to pleasure a woman. I learned in my virtual life.”

“Virtual life? What’s that?”

“It’s a complex AI simulation that runs through our internal computer that simulates life experiences and training to stimulate our minds while we are in stasis.”

“Okay, but how do you know that I am the woman for you, that we will get along together. I’m not always that easy to be with. I can’t sense it the way you can, but I feel an attraction between us. You seem nice and are real easy on the eyes.” She smiled up at him.

“You are even more beautiful than I imagined, all those years I was in stasis living my virtual life. But I know that attraction is only the beginning of bonding with our genetic mate.” Bodee took her hand, his eyes full of wonder. “Will you accept me as your male?”

Talia looked up into his green eyes, taking in the features of his handsome face. Her gaze lingered on his full lips. She wanted to know it they would feel as good as they looked.

“Please kiss me.” She pointed to her lips with her free hand.

“Okay.” He lowered his mouth to hers in what started as a light touch of their lips. She opened for him and slid the tip of her tongue between his lips. That was all the invitation he needed to swirl his tongue around hers and stake his claim inside her mouth. Passion flared and Bodee pressed her against him so her breasts squeezed against his firm chest and his erection pressed against her belly.

When the kiss finally ended, they were both breathless with arousal. “Oh, yeah, Bodee you can be my male,” she assured him. “I just had to be sure we had some sparks. Jolt said that if one of you were my male that you could come back to the mountains to my homestead. Is that agreeable to you?”

“Then we will breed and make offspring?” Bodee asked hopefully, still holding her.

“After we get better acquainted,” she told him. “To make sure you don’t want to change your mind about being my male”

“That will never happen. I know you are my one female.”

 

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