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While not quite as *fans self* as some of the other entries, I love this exchange between Uri and Shadi from Gemini, my science fiction romance from Decadent Publishing. Two former slaves taking care of each other after an epic rescue? Love it.
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As they struggled back toward Gemini, she managed to support his weight. They wove through crowds of merchants and drunks, somehow managing to stay undetected, and Uri still fought his disbelief. The thought that he was hallucinating crossed his mind more than once.
She settled him in the copilot’s chair and took the helm, looking every bit as confident as someone who’d been flying for years. Without a hitch, she disengaged them from the station and into the relative safety of the stars. “You’re amazing.”
She smiled, and light pink blossomed in her cheeks. “Time to take care of you,” she said. “Come on.” Her slight frame contained hidden strength, and, regardless of the throbbing behind his eyes, he wanted her to stay this close. “Now, sit.”
“You didn’t have to come back.” As instructed, he sat on the side of his bed while she fetched first-aid supplies. When she returned, she sat next to him, her knee against his.
“You’d have done it for me without a second thought.” She dabbed at a cut above his eyebrow. “How’s your head?”
“Hurts,” he replied with a little snort. “But it’s been worse. And you haven’t answered my question.”
Her attention moved to his split lip. As she dabbed at the cut, he noticed her fingers trembling, her hand unsteady. Could have been from the adrenaline. “Well, since you decided to get abducted, I contacted Vani. Learned a few things about Earth cats and the fahir, and about how to track ships. As an added bonus, he taught me how to disable our tracking signal.”
“Which is illegal.”
“Nothing we’ve done is legal. What’s one more?” She scooted behind him. “You’ve got a knot the size of my fist back here. There has to be a compress on this ship somewhere. Vani apparently had it fitted for every conceivable human emergency.”
“Like I told you. Worriers.”
“Let me go find it. You could really use it.”
Already, the improved nutrition she’d received over the last several weeks had made a difference. Her waist-length hair bounced with each step she took, and her eyes were brighter, keener. And the sway of her hips certainly caught his attention. She wasn’t the waif he’d stolen from Goliv. Somewhere along the way, she’d become a woman.
A woman who’d risked herself to save him.
When she came back, he noted the grace in each movement, from the way she walked to the way she handed him the compress and sat next to him. “Why did you return for me?”
The gentleness of her fingertips on his cheek managed to cut through the horrible pain in his head. “I had to. You promised to help me. Can’t keep your promises if you’re in the forge.” She kissed the uninjured side of his mouth, and his heart sprinted into high gear. “Besides, what kind of wife would I be if I left my dear husband to rot?”
“In my experience, a happy one.” He took a chance, cupped her cheek with his palm, and, to his amazement, she leaned into his touch. For the first time, he noticed the flecks of amber in her irises and the light freckles on her skin. Then she kissed him again, and he pulled her tight, desperate to feel her body pressed to his. He tangled one hand in her long hair and moved the other to rest on her hip. All the pain in the universe couldn’t strip this pleasure from him.
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