GENRE: Science Fiction
Intro: Two old friends with uncertain agendas burst into Vayen's home where he and 'Stassia have been hiding for the last four years.
Jey came up behind Merkeif. “We’re not done here quite yet. And when we are, you’ll be leaving with us.”
“I don’t think so.” I pushed ‘Stassia backward and signaled for her to run.
She was back beside me a second later. Damn woman.
Merkeif lunged forward. His fist caught me in the chin.
“Stop this!” ‘Stassia took a wild swing Merkeif.
He caught her wrist in his hand and pulled her away from me, swinging her into Jey’s awaiting grasp.
My heart seized. The inbred compulsion that bound me to ‘Stassia screamed in my head, demanding that I protect her.
Jey wrapped his arm around her squirming body. “We don’t want to hurt her, Vayen.”
“Let her go!” I punched Merkeif in the gut, intent on getting past him to reach Jey.
My efforts elicited a mere grunt from Merkeif as he slammed me up against the wall. The rough fabric of his armored sleeve pressed against
my neck. “You will come with us to Sere, and will show your face to reveal Kess’s triumphs as lies. Once he’s discredited, you can go.”
“They’ll never let me go. You know that.”
Little feet thudded down the stairs. “Daddy?”
Merkeif paled. He wrenched his head around to see where Daniel had halted halfway down the stairs. Ikeri stood beside him, her tiny hand in
his. His voice dropped to a whisper. “You didn’t tell me you had children.”
Uncertainty filled Jey’s voice. “Merkeif.”
Merkeif bowed his head. He let me go.