A lot of people have asked me whether anything nice happens to the characters in my book. I suppose with all the giant spiders, Sand Sharks and rotting corpses, you’d be right to assume that this is a horror novel: but its not. Please find a short paragraph or two below that shows the interaction between our hero and his love interest. Don’t worry, its G-rated 🙂
Colonel Gabriel Drax and Lilakoi Paige enjoyed a marvelous lunch of lasagna, crusty garlic bread and a crisp Mediterranean salad. The Cabernet Merlot was perhaps not the best choice of wine to accompany such a meal, but it was smooth and subtle with a hint of chocolate; and it tasted divine.
The conversation this time was a lot more friendly and relaxed. Lilakoi had decided to stop trying to deflect Gabriel’s attentions and Gabriel had decided not to give up trying. It was a win / win situation.
They were only interrupted twice. Once was by Admiral Dargan who was wanting ‘results, where are my results’ but he quickly departed when he realised that Drax was present within her quarters. The other was from Lieutenant Schiffiletti who was informing the Colonel that the training grounds had been reconfigured for the afternoon’s rematch. Neither interjection warranted any immediate course of action by either party.
They were sitting together on the lounge and, as the Colonel opened the second bottle of wine, Lilakoi suddenly felt the urge to open herself up to him.
“Yesterday I acted like a total bitch toward you and I’m sorry!”
Drax topped off her glass.
“In vinum veritas.”
“What does that mean?”
He wiped the drop from the lip of the bottle with his finger and placed it into his mouth.
“In the wine, is truth.”
“But nothing I said over lunch yesterday was truthful. My mother isn’t dead and I really do remember the day we first met. I was just being nasty.”
“I was talking about today. You just admitted being a bitch, in vinum veritas.”
He clinked her glass and sat next to her. That was twice today he had got her with his wicked sense of humour and she loved it. She wriggled down the couch to be so close to him that their hips touched. She put his hand on his knee and spoke again.
“You know I had two very good reasons for wanting to get rid of you yesterday.”
“Oh really! And what were they?”
“I am incredibly busy working on a top secret project for the Admiral.”
He motioned to speak but she cut him off.
“Please don’t ask. I am told that if I divulge my work to anyone other than Dargan that I would be akin to committing treason. Now whether that’s true or not I don’t care. If I get brought up on charges… well that alone would be enough to destroy my parent’s reputation.”
“Fair enough. What’s the second reason?”
“Its my eyes.”
“What’s wrong with them? Don’t you think they’re blue enough?”
She sighed heavily and drank some wine before replying.
“You can be so exasperating some times. Can’t you see there’s three of them?”
Gabriel knelt on the floor in front of Lilakoi and removed his eye patch. He placed her free hand on the side of his face and let her do the rest. Lilakoi gently touched the faded scaring around the burnt and broken socket with her warm soft hands and Drax was in heaven. She ran her fingers along the indentations in his skin caused by the elastic of the patch, to the damaged eyelid and when she accidentally brushed against the hard crystal implant that occupied the space where a soft moist eyeball should be, she flinched involuntarily.
“Its funny isn’t it?”
“What is Gabriel?”
“How you have three eyes and I only have one eye, yet with four eyes in total we are exactly the same as every other humanoid couple out there.”
Lily placed a hand either side of Gabriel’s face and leaned in so close he could feel her breath on his lips. Now was the perfect opportunity for him to steal a kiss, but he hesitated a second too long and Lilakoi spoke.
“That’s probably the corniest thing I have ever heard.”
“Its true though. In vinum veritas.”
Lilakoi gave him a sultry half-smile and as she drew him closer her eyes screamed ‘come to bed’.
“I think we’ve both had enough vinum don’t you?”
Pine Gap © Matthew Green 2004