Tears of the Star
Published by: eXtasy Books
Author : Viola Grace
Word Count :18000
Publication Date :2010-06-28
Series : Sector Guard#9
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- Product Code: 978-1-55487-591-7
When the planet Balen finished his mourning for his lost avatar, he contacted the Sector Guard to get the miners out of his territory so that he could replenish the frozen surface. Zenina Sin Ar is the one to get the message and when she tries to inform the powers that be, they set a price on her head. With no other place to turn, she runs for the museum and the rocks that landed on the surface when she did. Completing a circuit, her powers activate and she can finally become what she was meant to be, Tears of the Star. Sovereign is the Sector Guard officer sent to evacuate the planet, the surprise he feels at seeing a woman flying around the surface is matched only by the knowledge that this is the one his sister said he would meet. The child of two avatars with a destiny irrevocably tied to the planet below.
“She seems to have activated on her own.” Rolland smiled at the cavorting creature ahead of him.
The voice from the other end of the com seemed eager, “Is she well?”
“She’s flying. It looks like she has picked up her birthright. You may be able to visit sooner than you thought, Olaris.”
“You don’t know how much this means to me, Sovereign.”
“Yes, I do. Your loss was one that most would not have been able to bear, but she is alive, alert and rippling with power. Despite the physician’s assessments, she has both of your characteristics.”
“Balen will be pleased. He has been alone for so long.”
“The same amount of time as you since the day your wife passed into the next world.”
“We knew it would happen. She was at the end of her duty as avatar for Balen and could not withstand the rigors of the pregnancy.”
“Enough. You can explain this all to your daughter as soon as I catch her.”
While they had been talking, Sovereign had been following his soon-to-be partner through the skies. Eventually, she noted his attention and slowed to let him draw even.
She cuddled up to the side of the shuttle and her deep black eyes bored into his soul as she watched him through the window.
He mouthed two words to her, Sector Guard, and her face immediately brightened. He flicked the controls to open the side door and grinned when she took the hint.
She seemed remarkably cheerful for someone who was radiating enough power to rip him and his shuttle apart.
“Did you say you were with the Sector Guard?” She walked slowly and carefully up to the cockpit and her gaze met his.
He knew what she was looking at. His dark violet skin had given more than one person pause in his lifetime. That, coupled with his white hair and scarlet eyes, made him a striking example of his species.
“I am. I am here to assist in the cessation of operations of the mine. Balen has begun to wake again and as he comes out of mourning, he is rather upset with what the colonists have been doing in his absence.”
“I can imagine it would be rather distressing. I had no idea that Balen was sentient.”
Sovereign took in the view that was available to him. She was wearing a work suit that would be more suited to a miner than someone with her grace and style.
“He is, but he has been mourning his avatar. She died fifty years ago.”
“No offence, but who is flying the shuttle?”
She looked worried. It was rather funny, as she could fly away from any crash. “Autopilot. It is circling back along your route to the mine offices. I intend to shut this down today.”