Grav N"gol is many things. Murderer"ex-con"Alien half-breed"
And a Protector.
More than just a bodyguard, a Protector chooses a female to ward for life and swears an oath to die for her if necessary.
Enter Leah Roth. The luscious little Earth female is supposed to be just a quick surveillance gig for Grav. He"ll check on her and report back that she"s okay"it should be easy.
Only she"s not okay.
When Grav sees Leah"s abusive husband hurting her, he swings into action. Before he knows it, he has Leah aboard his ship. When he"s given a dangerous and difficult mission, Leah volunteers to come along and help"and somehow Grav can"t say no.
But as much as he feels drawn to the lovely little human, Grav knows it can never be between them. For in his past lurks a bloody and savage secret that would turn even the most forgiving heart against him.
From his past and from his true nature Leah must be… Protected at all costs.Books in Series:Alien Mate Index Series by Evangeline AndersonBooks by Author:Evangeline Anderson Books
Location: Aboard Assimilation ship EOC-2789, the private vessel of Count Doloroso.
Time: .05 solar seconds following the departure of invaders who absconded with the Earth female, Zoe McKinley, a known Pure One and La-ti-zal, marked for impregnation with the first organic Assimilated.
The echoes of the invaders boots had scarcely faded from the corridors of the Assimilation ship when a panel in the control room slid aside and a small, silver insect came buzzing out. It paused for a moment to ascertain that the invaders were truly gone, then continued its flight down to the medical suite. It hovered for a moment over the fallen body of its last host, the pink, featureless face twisted almost completely backwards with the blow that had broken its neck.
The nano-chip inside the silver insect hummed. A waste. But this body had almost outlived its usefulness anyway. It had been chosen for its durability and the great wealth of its previous occupant"both of which had been nearly exhausted. The Assimilation had been hoping to make it last until another of the correct kind became available. Only a body of one of the Twelve Peoples, those grown from seeds scattered by the Ancient Ones, had long term compatibility with an Assimilation mind.
But though no such organic body was available, there were a few "burner bodies" stored in the stasis booths located in the hold. The silver insect buzzed its way towards the hold and the large doors slid open soundlessly to admit it.
In front of the first stasis booth, the insect hovered, waiting patiently as the organic unit inside was brought slowly back from the suspended animation it had been held in for the last fifty cycles.
Soon enough it came stumbling out of the booth, its black, compound eyes blinking stupidly, its long ears twitching as it tried to ascertain its situation. It had green skin and a small, wrinkled blue hole for a mouth"a Grubbian. They were a species of traders and merchants, practical to use as temporary organic units since they were ubiquitous to the entire galaxy and so never attracted attention.
The silver insect gave the Grubbian no time to get its bearings. Before it had taken two steps, the insect struck. Sinking the silver barbed stinger located at the end of its metallic abdomen deep into the greenish, pebbled skin at the base of the target"s neck, it injected its payload.
"Ah!" The Grubbian cried out and flailed wildly"but only for an instant. As the nanobytes injected by the silver insect reached its bloodstream, it came under the control of the Assimilation. Its brain function was circumvented as new thoughts raced through the neural synapses. Soon the Grubbian"s personality was nothing but a distant memory"it had, in effect, ceased to exist.
It had been Assimilated.
The being lately known as Count Doloroso smiled and stretched his new arms. It was good to be in a fresh body, even if this one was only temporary. Of course, this body wouldn"t do for the planned impregnation of the La-ti-zal he had marked as the mother of the new race of organic Assimilated. He would have to find another and neither of the two in the stasis stalls would do. They were both of outside races, those not descended from the Ancient Ones.
He frowned. Of course, it would do him no good to have the correct body, if he had no female to impregnate. Zoe was gone, in the company of two large and very capable males. She would be nearly impossible to recover.
Reluctantly, Doloroso decided she was a lost cause. He would have to turn his attention to finding another female to take her place.
Luckily, he had an idea of where her home planet was located. And he had two names to work with"the names of her friends who she had told him to leave alone.
"Charlotte and Leah," he mused, his voice hissing from the small, puckered blue hole of his new, temporary mouth. "Hold on, my future wives. As soon as I find the correct body to wear, I"ll be coming for you""
I"m not a nice guy.
I"m a murderer and an ex-con and an all around son-of-a-bitch, ask anybody who knows me.
But I"m also a Protector.
I took an oath to guard the females I take as wards with my life, and I take that oath very fucking seriously. That"s why, when I see someone I"ve sworn to protect in danger, I take immediate action, even if the female I"m acting for doesn"t know I"m assigned to protect her.
Of course, it helps if she knows I"m watching out for her"helps if she knows she can trust me. Because, unfortunately, I"m not the kind of male females trust on sight.
I"m one ugly bastard, is what I"m trying to say.
Half Braxian and half Vorn"the two most hated and feared of the Twelve Peoples the Ancient Ones seeded the galaxy with. I"m not smooth like an Eloim or pretty to look at like a Majoran. I have bluish-gray skin, black curling horns, and white-on-black eyes that can see every spectrum of light.