End of the Line by Bianca D'Arc
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Please note, this is a SHORT STORY, not a novel.
It is set in the same world as the Jit'Suku Chronicles - Arcana stories.

Enemy Captain Fedroval – Val for short – shoots down a one-man fighter out near the Galactic Rim, but the pilot, much to his surprise and horror, is a human woman named Lisbet Duncan. The alien warriors have a strict code. In their culture, making war on females is a shameful stain on one’s honor. The captain doesn’t quite know what to do with Lisbet, but he can’t let her die alone in space. He orders his men to tow her life pod into their battle ship.

Val is the last of his line – heir to a doomed legacy – because no respectable jit'suku woman will have him after the destruction of his family. He has put all his considerable resources into building his state-of-the-art battleship and joining the fight to take the human galaxy, hoping to restore his honor in some small way. This is Val’s first foray into human space and his first encounter with a human female. He finds her strangely alluring and altogether irresistible.

Lisbet is attracted to Val as well. When he puts the moves on her, she can’t resist his masculine charm, but she doesn’t like being a prisoner – even if she is being kept in a gilded cage, treated more like a guest. She doesn’t know a lot about jit’suku culture and it’s pretty clear they don’t understand much about humans. It’s going to be fun educating her captor about just how headstrong, fierce… and loving… a human woman can be.

* The Jit'Suku Chronicles is a generational saga encompassing several centuries of warfare between the Milky Way Galaxy and its mostly human inhabitants and the Jit'Suku Empire. There are four novellas set in the same time period as this short story, in the Arcana series. They are: King of Swords, King of Cups, King of Clubs, and King of Stars.

The Chronicles continue, a century or so later, in the Sons of Amber novellas: Ezekiel and Michael.

Look for more Jit'Suku Chronicles coming in 2014 and 2015.
 

About Bianca D'Arc

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Published December 31, 2012 by Liefde Press. 58 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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