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Rose and Thorne #6 by Julie Lynn Hayes
“Vinny, have you ever thought about having kids?”
I had just taken a blissfully large sip of my morning brew. The warm caffeinated liquid barely had time to connect to my taste buds when my lover’s words struck me. I damn near did a spit take all over my breakfast at Ethan’s question. What the fuck? Where had that come from? Did it have anything to do with the visit of Ethan’s sister Sarah and her son Alex, who’d just recently turned three?
And if so, what did this portend?
I told myself to calm down
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“You’re not supposed to be here, are you?” That question came from the scientist who I instinctively didn’t like. I’d come across his type before. He still had his helmet on, and he kept several people between his spot in our column and where Garjah and I were walking with Bouncer by my side.
“I am,” I answered indignantly. “My ship was the closest to Ardra when the bulletin was announced. I’m a first-ranked researcher, and this was a prime candidate for new exploration with an eye toward biological research. There was no contact orders, and all the reports stated