The watcher made a few notes on the reader, and looked up, memorizing the people at the table, male and female. The man seemed to being paying a bit more attention to a small, curvy redhead than to the other women. Casually finishing the drink and snapping the holoreader shut the watcher stood and left the room unnoticed. Chapter Seven Thea yawned and stretched lazily, then rolled onto her belly.
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The watcher made a few notes on the reader, and looked up, memorizing the people at the table, male and female. The man seemed to being paying a bit more attention to a small, curvy redhead than to the other women.
Casually finishing the drink and snapping the holoreader shut the watcher stood and left the room unnoticed. Chapter Seven Thea yawned and stretched lazily, then rolled onto her belly. The room was empty except for her. She absently scratched her hip and looked around blearily. One thought stood out in her head. She wanted coffee and she wanted it now. How the hell am I supposed to survive without a coffee shop on every corner? Visions of biscotti and scones danced in her head.
She rolled herself off the bed and shuffled into the bathing area to brush her teeth, still whining under her breath. She was not a morning person. Digging through the shelf she had seen Daeshen take her shampoo from she quickly located her toothbrush and paste. Moments later she had a froth of foam in her mouth as she busily scrubbed off what felt like an entire fur coat from her teeth.
Little twinges of pain reminded her of all the unfamiliar activity her body had been subjected to in the last few days. And, to add insult to injury, her butt itched. Still scrubbing her teeth she turned and looked down the length of her body.
She glowered. No decent coffee. Kinky sex maniacs. Funky body piercings. And now she had some weird rash on her ass! It was more than any woman should have to bear. Bending, she spit out the toothpaste and rinsed her mouth.
Looking at her reflection balefully she noticed two tattoos just off center of the base of her throat. Piercings AND tattoos. She snarled at her reflection and stomped back into the bedroom.
Daeshen stood in the center of the room holding a steaming mug and covered plate. She growled at him. A morning person. He blinked.
Her eyes focused on the mug with predatory interest. She sniffed the air like a cat scenting a particularly juicy mouse.
He extended the mug warily. Taking a cautious sip she almost moaned in pleasure. It was rich, full bodied and redolent with the taste of cream and sugar and just a dash of cinnamon.
Plopping down onto the bed she cradled the mug between both of her palms and ignored the bite of toothpaste mixing with the coffee and took another sip of heaven. Daeshen cautiously sat down next to her. He had a look on his face that suggested he was a little surprised by her surly attitude this morning. By the time she had finished half of the coffee she no longer felt it was necessary to keep giving him evil little looks of warning.
She eyed the plate he was offering to her. Thea decided she was human after all, and maybe she would not kill Daeshen for being a morning person. She took the plate and set her mug on the bedside table. Peeking under the cover she found a blueberry bagel with cream cheese. Daeshen chewed thoughtfully.
An idea formed in his mind and he made a mental note to speak with Kyrin about it this evening. He wrapped an arm around her when she cuddled against his side and offered him another bite of her bagel.
Thea looked at him from under her lashes and offered him a drink of her coffee. He sipped cautiously, not wanting to try it, but not wanting to offend her. He hummed in startled pleasure over the taste. Much better. It was him. She inhaled deeply, he smelled like vanilla and musk. Not just for girls anymore!
She set down her now empty cup and curled her arms around his waist and nibbled on his neck. He laughed softly and slipped free of her hold. His assistant carried all the samples and implements away on a tray. Take one each morning. She smiled. Flustered, he looked back down at what he was doing, his dark green hair knotting up behind him in agitation. Her smile faded as she watched him. He looked up again, locking gazes with her. Shadows passed across his eyes.
Thea felt her own gaze chill slightly. The assistant looked away again and quickly left the room. She watched him with uneasy curiosity. Daeshen caught her hand and drew her to his side. Well, I believe they have several in the galley. I quite enjoyed the pizza. They left a few minutes later after exchanging farewells. Corvin returned to his office and left a list of the tests he wanted his assistant to run on the samples.
That completed he contacted the asana, priests, attending the Balance Temple and asked them to begin interviewing the human women regarding their careers. Once that list was completed he asked them to send the report to the captain, along with a list of any volunteers who would like to assist in helping to place the women in positions. She had enjoyed meeting Shana. The woman was intelligent and had a cutting sense of humor.
With short sun-streaked brown hair, lively hazel eyes, and a slightly plump figure she had an appealing aura that drew people to her. She had just sold her bakery in Northern California before she had been brought aboard and had been planning to move to a small town on the Washington coast to open another.
Suffice it to say that her plans had been changed for her and now she was drifting while she tried to decide what to do. Daeshen had left the two of them alone while he went on his quest to find a coffee pot for Thea. It had been an interesting chat. While they enjoyed good food it was not an area they spent a lot of time expanding. Several of the other women felt the same way she did about their own skills and careers.
Thea set her pot on the kitchen counter. She trailed her fingers along the clean steel edge of the small sink. It seemed she was luckier than she had known. She drifted through the rooms, toward her new workshop. Leaning against a wall she studied the looms. Scanning the room, she took in the drafting table, skeins of yarn peeking out of boxes and pads of graph paper. Seating herself at the table she drew a pad of paper to her.
Taking a pencil she began to work on a new design for a tapestry. She let her thoughts work their way out with each stroke of her pencil.
Every curve and line eased the pressure building. No matter how hard she tried to accept everything it still overwhelmed her sometimes.
I guess I should expect that, though. I think it would give several of the women a project and also a place they would be comfortable spending their time.
I was also remembering several members of the science team saying that it would be nice to have a few more recreational places since we are spending longer periods of time traveling than we have in the past.
But for now we can start making space for the new areas. We can have them placed this evening, if you wish. Kyrin grinned and nodded.
Daughters of Terra
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Daughters of Terra (The Ta'e'sha Chronicles) by Theolyn Boese