Welcome back Monette who shares a sexy excerpt from Prime Obession:
The Prime had witnessed her passage and rearmed the trap. Even if she’d missed slitting the Erian’s throat properly, the trap would efficiently finish the lizard off. Her back trail was covered.
“Thanks,” she said loudly, not sure where or how sensitive the microphones were in the tunnel.
“You’re welcome, Melina.”
She recognized that voice. It wasn’t the male that had issued the distress call, but she had met the man on Tooh 2.
“Iolyn? Huw?” She smiled at the live camera to her right.
“It’s Iolyn, Melina. Welcome on board the Galanti.”
“Glad I could make it. What’s it look like ahead?’
“Trouble,” growled a low, unknown male voice.
Well, not exactly unknown. That was the voice on the distress call. And as it had on the jump station, the voice sent fingers of heat throughout her body. She forced back a low moan as she rubbed at her hip. Heat like she’d never experienced radiated from the marking that she’d had for as far back as she could remember. Her birthmark as her mother had always called it.
“Who’s that?” She frowned, shaking off the unusual sensations caused by the unknown speaker. “What kind of trouble? Trap or pirate?” Or, you?
“Me,” rumbled the same male.
Mel gulped. That was what she’d been afraid of. Damn, her extra senses were really working spot on this trip.
“Melina,” Iolyn said, his voice practically drenched with suppressed amusement. “Meet my brother, Wulf. He is the captain of this ship.”
“Iolyn, he doesn’t sound very grateful that I’m here to help rid his ship of pirates.”
“You should have sent one of your men,” snarled Wulf. “This is no place for a woman.”
Mel sighed and bit back the harsh retort. Okay, sexy-to-die-for voice in the body of a male chauvinist. Well, no one ever promised allying with the Prime military would be easy. Alliance female soldiers would just have to prove themselves. Beginning with her.
“Sorry, Captain.” Not. “But I’m the only one who speaks or reads Prime.”
She started forward once more, found the Prime words for the engine room and followed the correct tunnel. “Besides, I couldn’t risk my men. By the way, I do hope you’ve turned off the self-destruct. There are now two squadrons of Alliance battle-cruisers lying immediately outside the danger zone waiting for the all clear.”
“Can you give it now?” Wulf’s voice was calmer, not as snarly and filled with anger as before.
She wasn’t sure why she could read this man’s moods so easily, but she could. And why in the hell did it make her feel calm that he was calm? She’d never made it a practice to worry about any man’s moods.
“There’s something blocking external communications,” she explained as she cautiously approached an access panel to a hallway labeled the weapons deck. “We tried to hail you before we boarded the ship.”
Wulf’s curses came across the speakers clearly. The growl was back in his voice.
Mel laughed. “Those are some new words for me. I learned your language from ancient texts. My contemporary colloquial knowledge of your language is lacking, I’m afraid. I caught bhau, balls or testicles, but what is ansu?”
“You don’t need to know,” growled Wulf. “It is not – – ”
Iolyn laughed and cut his brother’s next, undoubtedly sexist, remark off. “In your language, the closest translation is ‘devil.’”
“Ansu bhau. Devil’s balls.” She grinned. “Can’t wait to use it on an Antarean.”
“You will never get near an Antarean, if I have anything to say about it,” bellowed Wulf.
Staying alert to her surroundings, she wondered why Wulf sounded so possessive, because that was how she read his voice. And since when could she read voices? Her psi abilities usually only worked when she was in close proximity with the person she read. Maybe his emotions were stronger and traveled farther. She mentally shrugged.
“Well, it’s a good thing that I answer only to the Alliance Military, then, isn’t it?” She stopped and opened her senses wide, seeking another presence in the tunnel ahead. “Besides, I killed two Antareans just over sixty hours ago – – and wounded and left to die two Erians in this tunnel. They’re dead. I’m not. ‘Nuff said.”
Copyright, Monette Michaels, 2009.
Thanks, Tina for letting me come and play at your blog.
Monette Michaels/Rae Morgan
Any time Monette! It was wonderful having you come and visit.