It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Polaris Rising snippet, and Cindy M. asked for a new one, so here you go. I hope you enjoy this little peek at Loch and Ada. Happy reading!
“So eager to be rid of me?” Loch asked. He stood and stalked towards me.
Yes. “No, but the faster I’m off-planet, the easier it’ll be for me to hide,” I said. I ignored his approach and snapped the cot into place.
He stopped close enough that I brushed up against him when I reached up to raise the safety rail. I refused to back away. I met his gaze with a flat stare of my own.
“Do you know,” he said conversationally, “that you’re the first person in a very long time willing to stand toe-to-toe with me without flinching or backing down. Even the mercs had more sense. It makes me want to see how far I can push you before you’ll break.”
That drew a dry chuckle from me. “The mercs weren’t von Hasenbergs and they hadn’t spent their whole life dealing with the sharks of the Consortium. I’ll break, and thanks to my childhood, I know exactly when.” I kept those memories tightly locked down and held his gaze. “But it won’t be today.”
He pushed closer until our chests touched. My nose hit him in the chin and I had to tilt my head back to meet his dark eyes. I gripped the cot’s safety rail to keep from retreating. I’d gotten myself into this little pissing contest, now I had to get myself out. Preferably in one piece.
Loch’s nose ghosted along my chin and down my neck. I stood stock-still as his breath heated my collarbone.
“You’re afraid, but you don’t let the fear rule you,” Loch rumbled against my skin. My belly did a little flip that had nothing to do with fear. “You manipulate those around you to suit your will, but you risked being left behind to save a bunch of mercs and soldiers intent on capturing you. You’re a puzzle, Ada von Hasenberg.”
“If you’re done with the intimidation routine,” I said calmly while I trembled internally, “I’d like to get some sleep.”
Loch threw his head back and laughed.
A rough draft excerpt from Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik. All rights reserved. Coming early 2019 from Harper Voyager.