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Beyond the End of the World, Lokians 1 By AaronDennis Characters: 5481

Updated: 2018-01-10 19:02

He took her hands, interlocked fingers, and kissed her. Her sweet aroma, warm embrace, gorgeous eyes, and consideration were everything he needed. His determination, compassion, and selflessness were her inspiration.

"Riley...I'll always love you. You know that. I can't bear to lose you, either, and you're right; the battles—this journey—it's helped us forge a relationship that will stand the test of time. We may have our ups and downs, but I'll always be your rock, " she said and placed her forehead to his shoulder.

O'Hara felt a wave of emotion envelope him. In a very real way he saw events unfolding before his eyes. Some of the events were very unpleasant, others were peaceful, but only one was right. He searched his soul. They made love under gray clouds that night.

Back at camp, DeReaux polished off quite a bit of wine himself and noticed two crew members missing. "I think maybe ze' captain and Miss Day have gotten themselves lost, " he said with a mock French accent and laughed.

Fitzpatrick elbowed him and laughed, too. "I think we could all use a little getting lost tonight, " she fired back and downed a shot of bourbon.

While Adams and Franklin avoided drinking, they chuckled at the crew's behavior. They even took bets on who was going to score that night. Admiral Lay leaned over, behind their chairs, and when he spoke, they nearly jumped out of their skins.

"Whoa, " he chuckled. "I didn't think you two were so jumpy."

"Cheesy crackers, " Adams snipped.

"Frank and beans, " Franklin gasped.

"I was saying, it's been a long time since I've been in your shoes, and I wanted to tell you t

he members of the crew woke simultaneously with a feeling of urgency. The traveler quite simply snapped them awake. It was time to get moving; migraines, nausea, nor fatigue were his concern.

O'Hara ran off to find the admiral. The old man was conversing with Bragg just outside the Phoenix. Groans and snores sounded all around.

"Just go get that ship, and come back in one piece, son, " Lay said. Laughing, O'Hara asked if that was really it. "I need your friend, Yon, to stay behind and help build relations. She'll be indispensable in communicating with the Carrier as well as transitioning the colonists into a multi-racial society, " Admiral Lay explained.

"Copy that."

O'Hara relayed the message to Yon. At the end of the exchange, the admiral took it upon himself to wake the rest of the Phoenix's crew. They all pitched in to dismantle camp, so O'Hara dashed past Yon on his way to the traveler ship.

With everyone onboard, Day connected and shot off the ground. The rest stood there, looking at each other. Some of them ate or quietly talked about the previous night.

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