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S.E. Smith, author of Hunter's Claim - book one in The Alliance series, visits us today with a short story about Dagger, a friend to the main character, Hunter.
Dagger stared at the female lying weakly on a make-shift pallet on the hard, cold concrete floor of the underground garage. The firelight highlighted her delicate bone structure as she gazed at another female. In the dim light, he could see the bruises marring the pale skin of her right cheek. Fury churned inside him, making his eyes glow with a dark, dangerous light.
He watched as she turned to smother her cough. A sick feeling washed over him as he wondered if this was the female Hunter was searching for. He hoped not. The thought of his friend claiming her made him almost double over as another wave of emotion hit him… jealousy. The primitive need to protect and care for the female gripped him tightly in its grasp as she struggled to sit up.
Dagger glanced at Hunter to see his reaction. He almost fell to his knees in relief when his friend glanced at him with a dark frown and shook his head. He nodded in relief when Hunter raised his hand and held up two fingers before raising a third one.
There were three females. Three! Neither one of the two by the fire were the one Hunter was searching for. Dagger turned his attention back to the two by the fire. His eyes narrowed as he watched the younger girl help his female to sit up.
Mine, he thought in stunned disbelief. My female.
Dagger barely registered the softly spoken words as the two women talked. His eyes were glued to the pale face, trembling hands and fragile form as she moaned and closed her eyes in pain. It took every ounce of discipline he had to remain still. His body shook as he fought to remain in position. He couldn’t compromise the mission. He repeated that over and over as he clenched his fists.
Glazed hazel eyes blinked and a weak smile curved the female named Jordan’s lips as the younger girl held a steaming cup up to her mouth. He didn’t miss the way her hands trembled as she weakly took the nourishment. His body jerked forward in protest as her softly spoken words ripped through him.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be strong again,” Jordan whispered, dark despair making her words echo with sorrow.
She will be, he thought as he stepped into the light. I will make sure that she is.
© SE Smith LLC
Hunter's Claim is a new Science Fiction Romance series that released earlier this year.
Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters have lived a hard life on the streets of Seattle,
Washington for the past several years.
Four years before, the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear.
Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, she has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive. She has seen the savage side of human nature and finds they are not much different from the aliens who conquered Earth.
The Trivators have taken control of Earth to prevent the humans from destroying it in their fear.
A world of warriors, they are sent out by the Alliance of Star Systems to seek out new worlds. Their mission is first contact. They are to establish communications with the leaders of the new worlds they find and bring them into the Alliance.
Any resistance is to be quickly subdued to prevent unnecessary death of the inhabitants of the new worlds they find. Their payment comes from the success of their mission.
Hunter is what he is called. A hunter, one of the elite clans of the Trivators who seek out those who resist. His abilities to track, capture and eliminate those who try to harm any warrior is renowned.
He finds the tables turned when he becomes the one captured by a group of ruthless humans. Hunter is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape only to disappear into the ruins of the city.
He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life. He is determined to find her before she is damaged by others of her kind.
What he finds is a reward beyond comprehension to a Trivator warrior, a family.
Can he convince Jesse that he can give her and her younger sisters a better life on his world? Or will fear keep her from accepting what he has to offer?