More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still in progress) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.
(This is still a work in progress and the following lines have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences – and I still went over a bit.)
Gregor has just finished doing a walkthrough of the new refitted starship with the captain, Kaen Yblis, and Kaen has transferred the funds for the final payment. He looks up to find Gregor still standing in his office.
Gregor took a deep breath and Kaen raised an eyebrow: this was the first time he had seen the young man look nervous or uncomfortable in his presence.
“Captain, sir,” he said hesitantly, “have… have you given any thought to crew for the ship yet?”
“No, I haven’t,” Kaen replied, surprised by the question. “Are you offering to sign on?”
“Yes, sir, I would like that, sir.”
“In what capacity?”
“Maintenance, sir – I was part of every bit of the refitting and I know this ship inside and out.”
“Yes, you do indeed,” Kaen murmured thoughtfully. “Very well, Maintenance Chief.”
Light blue eyes widened at the title and Kaen shrugged, an amused smile playing over his lips as he asked, “Who among your crew will know more about the ship?”
He studied the blond for a long moment.
“There is something else, isn’t there?”
“Yes sir.” Gregor hadn’t wanted to bring this up this soon, but maybe it was for the best: gathering his courage he drew a deep breath and met the Captain’s gaze. “I know what you are.”
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