4 - Intertwined
is our Complex Royale of Armana," Palimous said, directing
everyone to the two convex and concave structures facing each
other forming a tall cylinder. "I am proud to present
our most prized temporary living quarters equipped with ready
rooms for the elite only. Its ambience will melt you into
a mood of irresistibility."
for the rich and famous." John retorted. They stood before
the structures. John didn't like this gaudy show of hospitality.
But maybe it was just their lifestyle or they didn't know
John tapped the overseer on his shoulder. "This looks
like it's taking longer than we expected. Is there any way
to get food aboard Moya?"
have transports ready with the best dishes you request. I
will message our connoisseurs and gourmet experts to prepare
the most delicious dishes to taste in the largest bulk ever.
We will transport these by a barge for your convenience."
seemed mighty pleased as she interjected, "I would love
to see your artists prepare the canvases of meals with you."
wanly smiled, "Of course your invitation would be graciously
accepted; however, I am to stay with this tour in a suite
'bout you go ahead with Sikozu. And Captain Kendrell, Officer
Sun and I will get to know each other better." John said,
nodding toward Sikozu. "Go ahead, keep 'em happy."
To Palimous, "I think she likes you." John heard
Palimous chuckle and was amazed how Sikozu , without any plans
on how to occupy Palimous time, took on Jughead without a
beauty linked her arms with the overseer, "And for our
commander and crew members, perhaps you will show me where
replenish our stock and supplies? Show me everything, the
longer the better." John couldn't help to see a twinkle
in Jughead's eyes.
They're gone." John said, clapping his hand with one
thunderous smack. This was the first time he was semi-alone
with Aeryn, which was better than nothing. "Captain Kendrell,
would it be possible to...uh...well...you know."
with big brown eyes and skin to match slapped John on the
shoulder. "Aaaa, big man, getting close to lady girl
here. Then all you need to do is give your name inside. The
desk people will know. And don't be long," to Aeryn,
"I'll be fetching you in two arns, Officer Sun."
Then he winked at John, "Commander, don't stay too late,
the dinner will begin in a few arns."
Sebacians, aliens, passed them by as they strode to a secure
area not far from the complex. The monochrome edifices shielded
John and Aeryn. He wanted to hold her while she stood quietly
always have a plan," Aeryn said, looking to a small fountain
nearby. "It appears you have one now."
I'm contacting D'Argo. I'm going to tell him I've found you."
She didn't flinch, move, nothing.
John spoke in the small communicator pin on his vest. Microts
later D'Argo's voice came through. "Secure the link,
I don't want anyone listening in. Got it?"
D'Argo said, "Link is secured."
won't believe this, but Aeryn's standing right next to me."
John turned from her and walked out of listening range. "I've
found her. Can you believe it?"
You've drank too much raslak and everyone's hungry. Have you
need to. We're being treated like royalty down here."
why are you talking to me. We need food, supplies!"
up, big guy. There'll be a barge with plenty of eats on it,
but I want you to go to Moya make sure everything goes
smoothly and bring some weapons back to me. Can you do this
My shields are running out. I'll bring the weapons to you."
but make sure you bring another pulse pistol, grenades, explosives,
you know the whole kissing caboodle. It doesn't feel right
here. I think someone's always following us."
why is it we can't have some peace, settle down, and have
fun?" John heard D'Argo pause for a long time. "Is
it true about Aeryn?"
room reminded John of Buckingham Palace, the epitome of opulence--gilded
mirrors, stark gold contrasted against white crystals hanging
like stalagmite from every portion of the ceiling, plush sky
blue carpet with an iridescent glow.
John escorted Aeryn inside, he threw his coat on a see-through
chair and stood in the middle of the floor with legs straddled,
viewing the strange concave shape of the walls. Like an illusion,
the room made him feel dizzy. She stood by a gilded mirror.
He could see her image in the crystal chair. Without turning
toward her, John struggled with his suspicions.
don't trust Palimous or the Regent," he said, crossing
his arms behind him, mocking the military "at ease"
peered at the mirror that reflected her war-torn body. She
pulled off her flight jacket, revealing her black spaghetti
strapped top tucked in her black leather pants with belt and
pulse pistol in holster.
haven't trusted anyone lately," she said.
I have." John still didn't face her.
turned and walked slowly toward him.
do trust others." John noticed, by the refractions, her
image drawing closer, becoming clearer, darker, flowing on
the glass-like surface.
her head, as he felt her softness on his back. "No you
couldn't help to see a difference in her shape when he turned
to face her. The small, flimsy top revealed her fuller chest.
Involuntarily, his heart rate increased. She was close enough
for him to smell her gentle scent of soap. Intoxicating. Why
was she doing this? They should've been catching up on what
had happened in their absence--how Elack and Pilot
saved his life, how he survived and everyone came together,
how Jool left their crew and stayed on the planet Arnessk.
So much had happened. But no...this cold, impersonal interrogation
was disengaging, strange. John inhaled.
trust you, Aeryn. You don't trust me?"
twist this. Look at you." She said it slowly, like a
cat's purr, her nose nearly touching his. He felt her breath
on his cheek. She was right. At this point he didn't trust
become calloused like a Peacekeeper." She said, luring
him in with her pools of gray.
mean, I'm not soft anymore?" John cocked a brow and smiled,
"You don't like me the way I am?"
still breathing on him, driving him crazy. "If you weren't
grabbed Aeryn by her holster belt and tugged her hips to his,
closer until he heard the crunch of leather against leather.
All he could do was suck in his breath while she stared up
God, help me!
the heat flash through him, "You...like...to make it
hard on me, don't you?"
challenged him, locking eyes. "Yes." She released
his grip, shoved him away, and turned to escape him.
John snatched her back, using a Peacekeeper defense move Aeryn
taught him. He locked hands with her in an cuffed position
with her arms behind her back, jammed her back into him.
games! Let's finish what we started," he said. He could
feel her athletic body tight against his. Heat struck again.
"All I ever wanted was you, Aeryn." John's voice
was rough, low, unlike his normal pitch.
his face in her hair. "I'll never let you go," he
was surprised she didn't struggle, but was silent. Then he
heard her groan, and fear gripped him.
his hold quickly, but before he could apologize, she counteracted.
would love to overtake me," she said. "wouldn't
fluid motion, she released from his grip, swung around with
a Pantam jab squarely beneath his nose. She slammed him onto
the carpeted floor with such force that the wind almost knocked
out of him.
there looking up at Aeryn, appearing half in shock, half in
anticipation with arms up to protect himself. The bird of
prey peered at him, ready to attack again. Angry, she was
so angry to want him. To treasure his passion. Frell,
she could kick him across the other side of the room.
knelt and straddled over John's torso and flung back her raven
hair, longer, fuller. He was still soft as she remembered
the first time they met. Yes, she smashed him into Moya's
wall, slung him across the cell's floor, kicked and then straddled
him, overpowering him. It was the traditional Uncharted Territories
greeting for this innocent one grown stalwart, beating after
noticed he wasn't catching his breath. She was slightly concerned,
but shrugged it away. He would endure because he always had
and always will. He was strong. Like the most acclaimed Peacekeeper,
he was a man of war, strategies that would make any enemy
weep--of course, with her help and their friends.
struggled. "Aeryn, I'm sorry," he said, gasping
gently placed a hand on John's face that glistened with sweat.
Still on his back, he didn't move. This sole human wielded
the wormhole technology that could destroy stars and planets.
So impressive was this power that it drew John's enemies to
him like sweet felip nectar. That was the demise of her other
John. The tears sparkled in her eyes.
descended to capture his mouth with hers, priming his soft
lips. She heard him gasp for air as he cradled her face with
his hands, strong hands. Her soft, hard, insane John. She
arrested him again, pumping, priming his pliable mouth, deeper...deeper...no
more yesterdays...no more tomorrows...just now.
felt Aeryn's hair caress his face. He was smothered with passion,
not knowing if it was her moans he heard or his.
think I'm crazy?" he said between a gulp of air.
don't talk," Aeryn dove in for more. The madness struck;
he couldn't get enough of her. All he could do was drown in
her hot, disarming kisses.
crazy," his mouth found the crevice of her neck. "for
doing this." He devoured her mouth, nose, eyes. Senselessness,
no more grip on reality. "I missed you so much...so much."
her crane her neck as he kissed her. "So have I."
He could hear her deep voice turned soft, like a fresh breeze
after a gentle spring rain.
heart leaped, his head blurred. Too much joy flooded him--his
Aeryn in his arms, his kid, all of them ready to be a family.
My baby! He had to confront her about the baby. Not
only that, he had to speak to her about returning back to
Moya. Would she leave her unit for him?
someone splashed a bucket of freezing water on John, he abruptly
pulled Aeryn away, panting. "No! Wait! We need to talk."
She sat up. John heard the pain in her protest.
I mean...I love you, but what about the b--"
heard scratching, rattling at the door.
Aeryn was behind the entrance way against the wall with her
pulse pistol above her head poised to strike. John, on the
other side, held his Wanona close to his face. His heart raced
while the door slid open.
the first, quicker than a blink, swung in front, grabbed the
huge brown clothed one with tentacles. Then counteracted as
quickly, John was slain on the carpeted floor, this time the
wind knocked from him.
assailant wielded his Qualto blade to stab.
Aeryn shouted, with pistol aimed to shoot. "Stop! It's
us, John and me...Aeryn."
poised to attacked paused for a lengthy time, wondering if
he made a mistake and decided not. He slid his blade into
his sheath, and sighed.
he said, diffidently, "almost got him this time. John,
wake up!" He slapped his friend's face hard a few times.
sputtered, shaking his head appearing to focus.
me, D'Argo," he reached and helped John up.
rubbed his head, "You almost killed me, big guy."
laughed, "You're too hearty." Then he turned to
Aeryn and went speechless.
this the greeting we get?" she asked, with arms crossed.
"Or are you too blind?"
sprung toward her and gave a bear-hug, "It is true."
He bellowed in laughter directly in her ear as she struggled
to get free.
could break my back and cause me deafness with this display,"
she smiled, pushing him away.
can't help it. How long has it been? Too long. It's good seeing
noticed how John and Aeryn look flustered, both blushing?
She was so radiant. It could've been because of their rough
encounter or could it be?
you and Aeryn?" He made a gesture with his hands, pointing
to her, then his friend, and grinned sheepishly.
them looking at each other, and she returning a smile. Suddenly
they blurted together, "Yes!"
gave John a juicy hug first, then grabbed Aeryn, and encircled
them with his huge arms. His eyes blurred with wetness.
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