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A.R. Norris: Adventurs of a Sci-Fi Writer
Sisters Nettie and Rinny Matterville head off to war, discovering true love can be found even in a time of conflict. Nettie learns true love isnít always obvious; sometimes itís right in front of your face. Rinny learns that love at first site can and does happen, but the real challenge is keeping it.
Older sister Nettie wasn’t sure what the militia thought she was, but she knew and it wasn’t a space fighter pilot on the front line. But Dad always pressed the importance of duty to your territory. Now she has to figure out how to survive in a place she never imagined ending up. Keeping things interesting is a very overconfident competitor, James. Through it all, she’s got her younger sister Rinny. Or so she believed until the moment she lost her.
As for Rinny, the Mars facility gives her chance to break family expectation and she thrives in ground combat training. She also learns life off the concert stage can be just as rewarding when she makes her first real friends and meets Daniel, who could just be “the one”. He’s a little more reluctant and it turns out he has a reason, a secret involving Rinny. After the enemy attacks her facility and kills her best friend, Daniel disappears. Now captured, Rinny must fight behind enemy lines to help her people remain free, and live to return home.
The transport ship was packed. Nettie felt like she was going to suffocate, or go crazy from all the noise, sweat, and bodies. The bunkhouse on Callisto had been noisy, but she could always escape from it. Here, she was stuck. She shoved her way through to the restroom and cursed when she spotted the line.
"Your mom knows you talk like that, Ice Princess?" James asked in humor from behind her.
"Who do you think taught me?" she replied, but felt the guilt of the lie. "Oh, shut up, Northman."
He punched her arm and then leaned in. "You're extra grouchy. You wanted on this trip, remember?"
Nettie shrugged. "Yeah, I just forgot how packed these rides could be. I can't wait for our turn at patrol."
He laughed, a full rich sound that warmed her body. Taking her upper arm, he guided her through the paddock and up a flight of stairs. After a few turns they entered a small, empty conference room. In the corner was a private restroom.
"You're a saint, Northman. Just a saint." She rushed into it.
Afterwards, she headed to the door. He stood in her way.
"Come on, Northman." She gently nudged him, finding his body taut. Peering keenly into his bright green eyes, she felt a stirring. "What are you about now?"
He brushed his hand along her cheek, leaving a tingling trail along her skin. Her body spiked with need. Her vision blurred, her heart raced, and her legs weakened.
"What do you want me to be about?"
I can't do this. Nettie panicked as the attraction piled on with all her other tumultuous emotions. "Hey, Northman. I'm a mess right now. It's not a good idea." She ended on a whisper.
He nodded and grasped her shoulder. "You've had it a little rough."
James pulled her toward him and when she thought he'd kiss, he hugged instead. This, she sighed and leaned into him. He rubbed her back with one hand and held onto her with the other. After a moment, she pushed away and smiled shyly. "You're full of surprises, Saint Northman." When he smiled, she slipped by and they headed towards the main room again.
"I won't always be a saint, Ice Princess. There will be a time, soon, when a hug won't be enough... for either of us."