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May be edited a bit from published version.
The excerpt: Saffia gives the parents no choice on Liddy staying overnight in the hopsital:
The father chewed his lip while the mother wrung her hands and the nanny put her arm around the girl’s shoulders and gave her a reassuring squeeze. Liddy was heartbreakingly stoic about all the adults’ reactions.
Probably used to this traveling circus. “I can transmit a medical groundstop order to the spaceport, for your ship,” Saffia said, tired of the whole discussion and pitying Liddy. Warby [the medical Artificial Intelligence at the clinic] couldn’t deliver the results fast enough to suit her. She’d prefer to have the family out of her hair and off the planet but a faint instinct about the little girl’s case held her back. She’d wait for test results. Having decided, Saffia forced herself to soften her tone, “But of course I’d rather not do anything so highhanded.”
The generational billionaire seemed shocked by her adamant stance, fiddling with his gleaming feelgood case again, “Well, if you really think she should be hospitalized.”
“We’ll take good care of her and you’re both welcome to stay. We can set up an extra bed in the room.”
VS: And the rest of the scene:
Saffia was sure the couple would decline but she’d make the offer to any set of parents with a child this young so the Fremington-Ulms deserved the same consideration.
“Mifura will stay.” The mother kissed her daughter on the forehead and headed for the door. “We’ll collect you first thing in the morning, darling. Have fun.”
The parents left and Saffia released a pentup breath she didn’t realize she’d been holding. Rubbing her chest, which ached from the stress, she exchanged sympathetic looks with the obviously long suffering nanny.
“I’m glad you’re going to keep her tonight, doctor,” Mifura said. “This seems like a peaceful place. She’ll be able to rest without them fretting her and quarreling over every tiny thing.”
The nanny seemed to have no compunctions about discussing her employers but Saffia didn’t care to have such a conversation in front of the child.
The blurb: Newly graduated from a prestigious interstellar medical school, Dr. Saffia Mandell has been assigned to the Haven Two colony on the galaxy’s outer rim as the only doctor for some 2000 human residents. She’s counting the days until her five years there is up, trying to adjust to rural living after life in the crowded Inner Sectors and fighting her attraction to Chief Ranger Micah Navonn. She’s dreading the upcoming tourist season when the rich and pampered will descend on the planet for the scenic wonders and novel sports opportunities and no doubt inundate her little clinic but the colony depends on the seasonal income to survive.
As the senior official for his people, the Calinurra, the indigenous inhabitants of Haven Two, Micah enforces the treaty, regulates the tourist permits, patrols the forests and resists his fascination with Dr. Mandell. He never expected to be involved with a human woman and doesn’t want to believe in the concept of a fated mate. He wants to keep his life simple and isn’t ready for any long term commitment. Besides Saffia keeps proclaiming she’ll be leaving when her appointment is up in four and a half years so why should he risk his heart?
Then a ship arrives unexpectedly carrying a very ill little girl and soon the deadly virus is spreading through Haven Two. The colony authorities are desperate to cover up the problem to preserve the all-important tourist season and Saffia and Micah have to work together to battle the outbreak, the local administration and their undeniable feelings for each other.
Can the colony survive? And will Micah and Saffia be able to move past their fears about entanglements to act on the mutual attraction?
An 87K word novel of the far future…