6 of 6 | Chapter 19
“It's me,” she whispered, and her siren's song echoed in his ear, drowning out his thoughts and sending feelings like a flow of molten lava sweeping unstoppably through his body.
It wasn't too soon anymore.
All boundaries and inhibitions that lay between them broke asunder as Sean kissed Karen's lips. Nothing mattered other than the desire that coursed unbidden through their veins.
Karen's heart lifted free of the corporeal world and her body soared. Burning passion etched itself into her skin wherever his hands touched her, and electric shocks flamed through her body following that first kiss. She felt the current of passion and a desire to be his. Now she truly understood what it meant to exist outside of time. It meant bliss.
The hot flood of desire rode up around her, flooding her body, moving up over her hips, along her lithe flanks and across her breasts as he caressed her. It was almost painful in its intensity and she felt her mouth open in a silent scream of lust. She could not take anymore, she wanted him, wanted to be one with him and couldn't hide it any more. The straps of her dress fell from her shoulders and the tiny dress slipped down her thighs, falling to her feet. She stood naked in front of him and then began to tear at his clothes as they continued their desperate kiss.
Karen had pulled the shirt from his shoulders as buttons flew across the room, tearing down over his toned stomach, quickly undid his belt and slid both shirt and trousers down to leave him naked. Then Steersman picked her up and lowered her gently onto the sofa, kissing her lips, her neck, her shoulders. She barely felt the weight of his body as she pulled him down to her breasts, then up again into a kiss of deep longing. She felt his hot breath on her neck, and nothing seemed real outside the sensation of beautiful tremors that ran though her whole body.
It was around midnight when they cuddled near the fire eating homemade pizza, quietly drinking in each other presence. They felt no sense of weariness, only a sense of shared bliss as they bathed together, then once again became entwined in passion until they were claimed by the sweet peace of sated exhaustion.
The next morning the doorbell rang. Karen opened the front door. It was her neighbor, Bess Monaldi. She was a kindly housewife type, though perhaps a little pushy, but Karen didn't mind. She was glad that there was someone out there to say hello in the morning.
“Morning, Karen. Sorry to bother you so early, but I don't seem to able to start this bloody GlideCraft, even though my husband showed to me how it works. I can't get it started and we need to be off. I have to take the kids to survivor camp, and the bus is waiting for us at school. Can you help me?”
“Hi Bess. Sure, I'll show you what to do.” Karen smiled sleepily and walked barefoot through the grass to the open vehicle, in which two ruffian boys were already fooling about.
“Stop it at once, you two! You'd better not come back from that camp until you've worked off all of that energy, you little monkeys,” said Mrs Monaldi.
“Hey, guys,” Karen greeted them.
“Hi, Aunty Karen,” the eight and ten-year-old boys replied with cheeky grins.
Karen pressed the starter button, and the vehicle began to hum and rose slightly.
“Thank you so much, I can never remember where the start button is,” complained Bess.
“Yeah, I know. It was deliberately positioned to make it inaccessible for kids,” she said kindly.
“By the way, how was the pizza?” Bess asked.
“It was amazing. We didn't leave a single crumb. Thanks so much for helping me out, Bess.”
“You're welcome. I hope your guest was happy with it too.”
“He sure was,” she replied with a knowing smile.
It was then that they heard a sound coming from above Karen's house. They turned and Karen recognized the heavy form of the Condor, hovering above the neighborhood.
A gravitational radius reached down behind the house and picked something up. A few seconds later a form was hoisted up into the aircraft. Karen watched, smiling as the Condor departed spectacularly. Bess peered anxiously at her neighbor.
“Everything okay, Karen?” she asked her.
“Of course,” said Karen serenely, radiating her joy.
“You seem … so relaxed and cheerful. I don't think I've ever seen you so happy.”
“Yes, Bess. I'm happy,” she said with a grin.
Steersman looked down Karen's house. He watched it retreat into the distance with a heavy heart. He was worried about not giving her any protection, but he knew Karen would not hear of guards, robots, or even the simplest of security measures, so he decided to arrange her safety differently. Sixty thousand kilometers away the sensor network received a twenty-four seven priority surveillance order.
“I'm sorry, Karen, but I couldn't bear it if something happened to you,” he whispered to himself.
On his return to the office, he contacted Space Fleet Commander Valko.
“Commander Valko, how are things progressing?”
“Mr Steersman! So far everything has gone smoothly. We are gradually accelerating and are monitoring all systems closely. In twelve hours we will reach maximum velocity.”
“Excellent. Let's stay in close contact for as long as this critical period lasts.”
“Copy that, sir.”
“Please, change your destination coordinates to those that I'm now sending. You'll find the new location somewhere in the Kuiper Belt. It will probably be a dwarf planet,” he elaborated.
“Sir?” Commander Valko showed a slight confusion at the change.
“We have information that this dwarf planet is rich in mineral deposits, so we will begin our research there.”
All he had told the commander was essentially true, though he had not advised him that the information came directly from an alien source. The ASEC had secrets … deep secrets … secrets which only certain people would be made aware of, and only at the right time.
Of that, Sean Steersman would make damn sure.
CHAPTER 1 | EXCOLOPOLIS
CHAPTER 2 | MACHINES
CHAPTER 3 | A NEW TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 4 | ATTACK
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3 of 7 | Chapter 4
4 of 7 | Chapter 4
5 of 7 | Chapter 4
6 of 7 | Chapter 4
7 of 7 | Chapter 4
CHAPTER 5 | THE SOURCE
CHAPTER 6 | THE SCIENCE CENTER
CHAPTER 7 | UNIVERSITY CITY
2 of 7 | Chapter 7
3 of 7 | Chapter 7
4 of 7 | Chapter 7
5 of 7 | Chapter 7
6 of 7 | Chapter 7
7 of 7 | Chapter 7
CHAPTER 8 | GLIDECRAFT
CHAPTER 9 | SECTOR TWO
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CHAPTER 10 | THEY KNOW WE ARE HERE
CHAPTER 11 | GRAVITOR
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CHAPTER 12 | INSTALLATION
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CHAPTER 13 | ENERGY WAR
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CHAPTER 14 | AFTERSHOCKS
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CHAPTER 15 | INITIATION
CHAPTER 16 | PREPARATION
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3 of 6 | Chapter 16
4 of 6 | Chapter 16
5 of 6 | Chapter 16
6 of 6 | Chapter 16
CHAPTER 17 | DEFENSE CORPS
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CHAPTER 18 | TRUTH