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10.08.2012 , 06:13 AM |
Aric and Maura, their first
289 words, no spoilers
Aric looked at the sleeping woman beside him, wondering if he’d just gone and lost his mind. She outranks me, he thought, and still I couldn’t stay away. Problem is, I don’t care. She can demote me to recruit and I’d still not regret this. He almost got up then, but realized he didn’t want to. He thought about what a friend had told him, long ago in boot camp. His friend had fallen for a woman who was engaged to another, and he told Aric that it didn’t matter, his heart was not his own anymore and he couldn’t tell it what to want.
She rolled toward him, her russet waves trailing over her face. She has no idea how striking she is, he thought. She thinks people look at her because she’s a soldier with a huge cannon on her shoulder. He’d noticed her in a full room of people when she’d first reported to Ord Mantell, and she wasn’t armed then.
The Cathar weren’t like other species. When they chose a mate, it was a lifetime thing, to the point that if something should happen to one, the remaining mate would never choose another. Aric knew it was pointless to argue with himself, he’d chosen, even if he didn’t say the words out loud. Maura shivered, and he pulled her to him, already berating himself in his head. He knew, in his heart that wasn’t his anymore, that even if she eventually rejected him, he’d found his mate. He would never love another, he’d already committed himself to her and she had no idea.
She opened her amber eyes then, and looked into his vivid green ones, and smiled sleepily. I’ll tell her, he thought, soon.
Love is the strongest magic of them all.