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May be edited a bit from published version.
The excerpt: I’ve jumped ahead a few days. Micah, the Chief Ranger, has rescued an injured hunter, had to track down the mama grizval (a big furry predator with fangs and huge claws) the hunter had shot and invited Saffia to come by the ranger station and see the orphaned cubs he rescued…Saffia stops on the way to pick up dinner for herself and Micah…
“We’ll have to schedule a real dinner for some time in the near future.” Juggling dishes, Micah led the way inside, “Want to see the cubs first or eat first?”
Bouncing on her toes, Saffia didn’t hesitate to state her preference, “Oh the cubs definitely.”
Micah laughed and set the dishes in a stack on a counter in the station’s lunchroom, “Follow me then.”
Now they proceeded to the back of the building and the noise of the cubs grew louder the closer Saffia got. “Are they all right?” she asked. “I’m not a vet but I could do an informal exam. Does the colony have a vet? I never even thought about the issue before.”
“Yes, the humans’ pets and working animals are cared for by a team of two vets actually but they don’t treat the native species, except in rare cases.”
VS: And the rest of this scene. Micah is still talking:
“I’ve checked the cubs pretty thoroughly and didn’t see any indications of trouble. My team includes one of our specialists so the cubs will be in good hands tomorrow but thanks for the offer. I appreciate it.” Micah put his hand on the portal controls. “You sure you’re ready for this?”
Nodding, she peered eagerly through the heavy glass. As the ranger opened the door, the sound hit her unabated and she clapped her hands over her ears. “Poor little things must really want their mother,” she said, raising her voice to be heard.
“I fed them quite recently so the trio ought to be settling in for a nap soon,” Micah said, going to the enclosure at the left. “In a way it’s fortunate there are three cubs—they comfort each other.”
Saffia followed, going close to the cage, drawn by the urge to cuddle and soothe the sad fur babies. “Oh my gosh, so adorable.”
There were three small wriggly lumps of brown fur in the pen, each with bright, inquisitive eyes and sweet faces. As the babies continued to howl, she saw flashes of the already sharp teeth growing in but despite the nature of the apex predators at adulthood, Saffia pitied them, orphaned and bereft, in a strange place.
VS: I can go on with her visit with the cubs or I can jump ahead to more medical-related events…any preferences? Let me know in the comments…in a couple of weeks I’ll be switching to my new novel STAR CRUISE: RETURN VOYAGE, which is in the Pets In Space 5 anthology, releasing October 6.
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…