A snippet from The Iron Admiral
For this week’s SFRB Presents, I thought I’d give you a look at the second of my two Iron Admiral books. In this brief interaction between Grand Admiral Saahren and the lady he loves, Allysha Marten, Saahren has turned up at the Fleet Ball, which Allysha has attended (in all innocence) with a young officer in her team. Saahren has asked her to dance.
“He’s one of my team, that’s all. I was doing him a favor.”
Double lines appeared between his eyebrows. “Yes, of course. He has a fiancée, has he not? And after the ball? What then? Back to your lonely apartment, by yourself?”
She bristled. “Of course.” What was he thinking?
“I have a better idea. You could come home with me.” His eyes gleamed with hunger, his voice soft as velvet. “I’ll be leaving soon.”
She shook her head. “No. No, I can’t do that. I came with Todd.” She blocked off the other little voice that whispered you’d like to, though; you’d certainly like to.
“So? Say goodnight to your people. Come with me.”
She locked eyes with him, those obsidian eyes that seemed to stare into her soul. “No.” The rest went unsaid; you can’t make me, I’m not yours to command.
He bent over her, so close she felt his breath on her cheek. “Then when you get home, call me. It’s time we… talked, my love.”
She didn’t miss the pause. Talking, eh? “Don’t call me that.”
“You can’t change the way I feel about you, Allysha. It’s pointless trying to avoid me, trying to hide.”
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