For my wicked post, I’m offering up an excerpt from my free SF read, Exodus Arcon:
Aziza palmed the bathroom door release and walked out, dressed only in a large towel. She froze when she saw her mate talking to his identical twin. It was confusing to see her mate’s handsome face on such a hard-bitten warrior.
Blade looked her up and down, crossed his arms with a raised eyebrow ridge. “Who were you expecting?”
“I was waiting for you, Blade.” She crossed the room to stop in front of him.
Keefe gaped at the towel. “Why are you undressed, my heart?”
Aziza frowned at Keefe. He’s acting possessive, even though he knows I must do this. “When Paz bit me, the blood ran down, ruining my clothes. I didn’t want to take a chance on my last nice outfit. Everything else is on board the ship.”
Blade, breathing hard, turned away from her. “I better go.”
“No, don’t go.” Aziza grabbed his arm. I must do this.
“You don’t want me.” Blade looked everywhere but at her.
“I made a promise,” Aziza blurted before she could stop herself.
“To who?” Blade yanked his arm away.
I can’t tell him, I promised Ynyr. “To . . . Keefe.” She glanced quickly at her mate, he nodded with a frown.
“You must come,” Paz told him. “We three are the only ones of our family-unit who are healthy enough to make the journey.”
“Why is that, youngling?” Blade glared at the youngest family member.
“Ynyr is dying,” Keefe shouted the harsh news at him. “And Lug our podling is fading.”
“My two podling aren’t allowed to come either,” Paz’s voice rose to a squeak as tears streaming down his face. “You got to come, Blade, you just got to.”
Keefe gave his twin a long look. “We three and Aziza, need to go on.”
Aziza grabbed Blade by his wrist. “Come on, bite me. I know you want to.”
All three males sniffed the air, as Aziza’s pheromones filled the room, smelling like pod blossoms in the spring time.
“My heart, what are you doing?” Keefe frowned down at her.
“I’m keeping my promise,” she snapped at him.
Blade closed his eyes and moaned. “That’s a dirty trick.” He turned away from her.
Paz jumped up to pull Blade’s other arm, turning him toward Aziza. “Do it. I want you to come with us, and this is the only way.”
“And you, my podling?” Blade looked straight at Keefe. “Do you really want to share your mate with me?”
Keefe’s face flushed lavender, but he said through gritted teeth, “Bite her, but don’t swallow.”
“With her undressed and smelling of pheromones, all I want to do is bury her underneath my body while I bite that lovely white skin.” He leered at Aziza, showing his sharp canines. “Is that what you want, my lovely?”
Aziza pulled harder on his wrist, staring into his crimson eyes. “You’re not fooling me, Blade. I’m not afraid of you.”
“You should be,” he growled. “I’m a bad tempered military male, whom you do not want as a mate.”
“You will bite me, but only that, understand?” She raised her chin. “We are going to pretend to mate. Nothing more.”
“Yes, mistress. You order and I shall obey.” Blade lifted both arms then dropped them so hard, both female and youngling couldn’t hold on. He stepped up to Aziza with such speed, that she was left blinking at his muscular chest a surprised moment.
She smelled Blade’s spicy-sweet pheromones, and then craned her head up at him.
Placing his hard hands on her head, he gently tilted it to the side. He sniffed up her neck and shoulder, making her shiver.
“Do you accept me, all of me,” he breathed against her skin.
“Yes.” She barely said that single word of consent, when his sharp canines pierced her flesh. This wasn’t the little nip she got from Paz. No. This was a deep bite from a male wanting to mark his mate.
Blade stepped back, stared straight at Keefe and swallowed the mouthful of blood. “By blood I bind myself to you forever, Aziza, my sweet.”
All three watched him for a stunned moment, until he hit the ground and convulsed.
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