Axel Rex Chapter One


Chapter One


“Let me go you fucking robot! I live here… I didn’t do anything! Let me go!” the female screamed as Axel Rex escorted her from what was once a luxury apartment building in a city called Farringay.

“I am not a robot,” he corrected. “I am a cyborg in full battle armor.”

“I don’t care who you fucking are. You have no right,” she hissed. “I don’t wanna go anywhere. Let go of my arm.”

“I apologize if I have caused you pain. If you are in that building when we demolish it, you will die.” Axel didn’t stop until he had her outside the building.

“No, you can’t Sammy’s in there. You have to let me get him. Please don’t kill my cat. He’s my best friend,” she pleaded.

Axel receded the helmet of his armor and looked down at the disheveled and dirty female in his grasp. Her amber flecked green eyes shimmered with the hint of tears as she said the last, and something stirred in him as her scent reached his nostrils. Even under the smell of her unwashed body, a more subtle scent that put his body on alert.

The foul-mouthed female in his grasp was his female. He blinked and wondered if fate was playing a joke on him. My female? This is my female!

For a moment, the utter joy of the discovery stunned him. He sniffed to catch the scent again to be sure he wasn’t mistaken. He wasn’t.

“Please, you can’t kill my cat,” she cried, trying to wrench her arm from his grasp.

“Your cat?” he said, frowning as he stared down at her, thinking she might be attractive under that stringy dark hair and layers of dirt.

“Yes. I’ve had Sammy since he was a baby.”

Axel looked back at the tattered building he was about to destroy and scanned it with his internal sensors. There was a small feline hiding in some rubble at ground level. From previous observations, he knew that people living in the ruins valued their animal companions.

“I have orders to destroy all the buildings in this area. I will let you go back to get your cat if you agree to come back out,” Axel told her. “Do you also have belongings you wish to recover?”

She shook her head, staring up at him. “Nothing worth saving except Sammy. But where are we going to live if you destroy my building?”

“Go get your cat, and we will talk about it.” He released her, and she nodded. He watched her pick her way through the rubble as another shock of excitement raced through his mind and body. Mine, he thought.

Her body was lean and graceful, a bit too lean, but not surprising considering how people lived in the ruins of Farringay. Her hips swayed just a bit, clad in a ragged pair of shorts that barely covered her ass. Her muscular legs were shapely and her back straight. Her stringy brownish hair that hung to her shoulders.

Axel’s mind was racing as joy continued erupting inside him. He didn’t even know her name yet, and he was wondering how to break it to her that she was his. At least she wasn’t gravely injured and defiled as Jolt Somber’s mate had been. But he didn’t think this claiming would be so easy as Bodee Flint’s had been either. His mate had come looking for him.

He used his cybernetic internal scanner to follow her progress, waiting patiently for her to emerge with the cat she claimed. She picked up the cat from its hiding place, only instead of coming back to where Axel waited for her, she exited through a window at the back of the building.

Spark,” Axel called over the internal cyborg network. “The female is running. I’m going after her. The building is clear. Take it down.”

“Yes, sir,” his lieutenant responded. If his second in command wondered why he was going after the female, he didn’t ask. Axel would tell him if he wanted Spark to know. But it was unusual. People frequently ran when the cyborgs commanded them to leave the ruins of buildings, they called home. Axel had never gone after any of them. Then it dawned on Spark that the female must be his.

Axel ran in a parallel direction from the female, calculating where he could intersect with her route. He cut through an alley just ahead of her, stepping out in time to catch her before she ran smack into him.

She squealed as his hands gripped her upper arms. “Let me go,” she screamed. “Let me go.” Her eyes sparkled with anger as she stared up at him, clutching a big yellow tiger cat to her chest.

“I can’t. I won’t hurt you,” Axel asserted, staring down at her. “But someone else might. I can protect you.”

“I’ve done fine by myself until now,” she muttered. “I run fast and hide well. I don’t need your help.”

“Yes, you do. Where are you going to live? What are you going to eat? You are only one female. You have no weapons. If the gangers catch you, they just might kill you after they all rape you.”

“It hasn’t happened yet.”

“But it has happened to other females here. I can take you to a safe place where you can get food and shelter.”

“Yeah, well, I don’t want to go with you. Why do you even care, cyborg?”

“Clearly you don’t sense it the way I do, or you wouldn’t ask.” Axel hesitated. If he just blurted it out, she probably wouldn’t believe him. “Just come back to the barracks with me, and I will explain it to you while you have something to eat. Then, you can get cleaned up.”

“And if I don’t want to stay?”

“I hope I can convince you that you do.” He gave her a faint grin and loosened his hold on her arms. “Will you tell me your name?”



She caught her breath as she looked up into his steel-grey eyes. The faint smile he gave her softened his features and stirred things inside her that she didn’t know she could feel. …Things she didn’t want to feel for the big cyborg. A man like him could kill in the blink of an eye with no weapons. Would he do that to her if she didn’t do what he asked?

“L-Layne Rose,” she stammered. The way he was looking at her made her realize that killing her was not what he had in mind. He wanted her, and he wasn’t going to let her go. That excited her almost as much as it frightened her. “Can bring Sammy?”

“As you wish,” he said. “Come, our transport isn’t far from here.”

Just then, an explosion sounded from one of the buildings being demolished. Layne’s cat startled and dug his claws into her arm, trying to get away. “Sammy, no. Shh, it won’t hurt you.”

“We should go,” Axel said. “There will be more explosions. We have to clear four square kilometers from this area for the new starport and employee residences.”

“Where are all those people going to go?”

“There is an Enclave near New Chicago. We have been transporting people to join one of their communities out there,” Axel explained. “This way.” Axel pointed and rested a gloved hand low on her back to urge her to walk with him.

While they were walking, he summoned the pilot for the hover transport to take them back to the industrial complex that served as their base for the starport project. It was the closest building intact near Farringay that was large enough to hold the 500 cyborgs who were doing the demolition work and securing the perimeter of the project area. Axel was more than capable of flying the transport, but his crews would need it to return to base at sunset.

He didn’t want to leave Layne on her own until he settled some things with her. As they boarded the vehicle, Axel considered that it might all go better after she had a meal, a shower, and fresh clothes.

Ten minutes later, they were landing at the cyborg base. The old industrial complex consisted of four enormous connected buildings set in a rectangle with a once-grand court in the center. The courtyard was overgrown with weeds and tall grass.

The cyborgs made little effort to improve the place. It only needed to serve them for several months while demolished the ruins and built the starport, with housing for the employees, and support businesses for the community. It would be a gated community with security.

“It’s not much to look at,” Axel said as they went inside. “But it’s safe here. Do you want some food before you get cleaned up?”

“Yes, I would. I haven’t eaten since yesterday, and all Sammy had was a small mouse he caught,” she said to him.”

“Okay,” he said, “I will take you to the mess station.”

They walked through a wide corridor with large rooms on both sides that were filled with rows of bunks stacked two high. The mess area was located in the open area past the bunk rooms. Food processors were set near the wall to the right with six rows of long tables set back from the bank of food dispensers.

Axel led Layne to the food line. “Can you read, Layne?”

“Only a little. My mom started to teach me, but she was gone before I learned more than basic words.”

“Is she dead?” Axel asked.

“I don’t know. Mom disappeared one day and never came back,” Layne said with a sigh. “I’m sure something happened that she couldn’t come back or she would have. She could be dead.”

“I am sorry for your loss,” Axel said sincerely. “What would you like to eat?”

“I mostly eat meat, whatever I can catch or kill, mostly small animals: squirrels, rats, rabbits. I find greens and fruit sometimes in the growing season.”

“Here we have cultured meat and eggs, vegetables, and fruit, pasta and various mixtures of everything. We also have coffee, tea, and various fruit drinks.”

Layne looked up at him and shrugged. “Pick something that you think is good. And some meat for Sammy.” She set the cat on the floor now that they were away from the blast zones in the city. The cat generally followed her wherever she went.


Copyright©2019 by Clarissa Lake and Christine Myers



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.



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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