TITLE: Girl Under Glass
GENRE: Romantic Sci-fi
BACKGROUND: The opening of this book, Rachel Pryne encounters an injured, alien soldier in her yard.
I glanced down at his right leg. Mud and blood caked his fatigues from the knee down. The storm had thundered and blustered all night, and I didnt envy this man being caught in it.
"You're not trusting," he said.
"You can't say that." I hated how he assessed me, correctly, within minutes of walking into my yard. "You don't know me."
"Your gun and dogs say it loud and clear." His voice held no emotion.
His reserve irritated me. My eyes narrowed. "I have reason enough."
"Oh?" His brow furrowed, but he steadied his demeanor again. "You don't know me. I request help, and you threaten my life. I've done nothing to warrant this uncivil behavior." His aloof manner marked him
an Ohnenran more surely than did his appearance.
"You're Ohnenrai." The label twisted from my lips like a curse.
Jack and Audie rumbled their agreement.
He drew a slow breath. "You'd shoot me because I'm not Terran? Because I was born on another planet?"
Put that way it sounded unreasonable, even to my ears, but I didn't move. I wouldn't concede the point, not to one of Earth's conquerors.
"I can't undo my birth, can I?"
I raised the gun to point at his head. "I can."
Now his chin lifted. He folded his arms and gazed down at me.
The dogs, baring and gnashing their teeth, advanced on him.
The man eyed my protectors. "Varet!" The word boomed from him even as his expression remained unchanged.
I started at his power and the dogs ceased their threats. I looked at the outsider with newfound respect. I didn't know Strangers raised their voices. I'd heard that even in battle, with death snapping their
souls from their bodies, they remained ice cold. Maybe that's not true.