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The Galaxii Series Omnibus 1 By Christina Engela Characters: 4800

Updated: 2018-06-30 19:02

Adam nodded groggily, struggling to understand what had happened. He'd been sure he'd awaken with a stump, not a hand – that's to say if he thought he would awaken at all.

"Kilroy?" He croaked.

"We found his body. What was left of it. That shaft sure went a long way down! Had to pull it out with the transmatter."

"Why bother?"

"I didn't want us to get fined for littering. Anyway, we had to make sure it was him." Mykl joked as Dr. Payne popped her head around the corner of the ward door and smiled at them.

"He had what was left of your hand with him." She added, "Wasn't much I could work with."

"You… cloned me a new hand?"

"Don't go around giving any high-fives for the next two weeks or so." Payne jibed. "And no arm-wrestling for at least six weeks, ok?"

"Sure… Thanks…whatever." Adam smiled back weakly.

"Pleasure." The Dr. grinned before disappearing back round the same corner. "Call me if you need a hand."

It was good for Mykl to hear his name-changing friend actually raise a laugh – even if it was at such a corny old joke. In fact, Adam laughed so heartily, he started to cough. When the joke was done, they looked at each other a while, grinning and pondering recent events.

"Ooohh." Adam moaned, "It's so good to be here!"

"Which brings me to a point." Mykl said with mock displeasure. Well, mostly mock displeasure. "About you leaving me handcuffed to my own ship."

"Yes, I was won

out and intertwined.

"So where to now?" She said. "Where do we go from here?" She asked him. "Did you think about what he said?"

"About leaving the service? Yeah." He mused. He had. "For the first time in a long, long time, I'm happy. Here, you and me, this, the ship, our friends, our life here."

Ripley nodded, smiling. She felt the same.

"But, it's dangerous. We lost a lot of people in the last week." Mykl said. "If you want us to move on, I'll do it. We should both be happy."

"Everything you said." She said. "For the first time in a long, long time – it's enough. Being here with you, it's all just so… right."

Each squeezed the other's hand tightly.

"I'd rather be here with you than anywhere else." He said.

"Ditto." Ripley smiled, looking into his eyes. "Adam, or Blachart, or whatever his name is, is probably going to be disappointed."

"We all want things we can't have." Mykl said, returning a cheeky little smile.

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