A new house suddenly appears at the end of the road and Adrienne is the only one that seems to notice. She also can't remember the inhabitants, Grayson and his brother Lonzac who is too good to be true and wants Adrienne to go away with him. But where?
What follows is an adventure that is literally out of this world.


11. Chapter Eleven

Crying I forced myself to my feet. I had five crahler, however long that was, to save Lonzac. Sprinting back to the bridge I nearly fell over in my haste. I couldn’t lose Lonzac. I couldn’t. Just the thought of it made me want to throw up. I loved him so much that my heart ached. But I hated him too. How could he have brought me here into all this danger? If I didn’t rescue Lonzac how would I get back to Earth? Not that Lonzac had said he would take me back home. He just wanted me to pop out lots of half human half Cairani babies. But he had chosen me over Veolia and he had said that he loved me. I was also the Holder of his heart, whatever that meant.

I fell to the floor beside Grayson, whose innards were spewing from his chest. Taking a deep breath I examined the wires. I could do this. I could fix him. I was good with machines, always had been. Setting to work, I focused only on the task at hand. If I repaired Grayson then he could help me save Lonzac.

After what felt like an age Grayson sat up making me jump.

“Quick,” I said helping him up, horribly aware that with every passing second Lonzac was closer to death. “Lonzac got sucked out into space. We don’t have long.”

Hurrying over to the main console, Grayson closed the door to his chest. “They disabled the engine. We have no power.”

Apart from the fact that Grayson had changed his tone with every word it looked like he was back to normal. Man I was good.

Running a hand through my hair anxiously I replied, “Well, we need to fix it! Is there a tractor beam or something that we can use to pull Lonzac back on board?” Sliding underneath the console I opened a panel before examining the inside.

“There is a tractor beam, yes. What temperature is your necklace?”

Frowning, I switched some wires around. “My necklace? What does that have to do with anything?”

Grayson knelt down beside me. “It is linked to Lonzac’s core, his heart.”

“It’s getting cold,” I said, glancing at him.

If Grayson had expressions he would probably be looking very worried. “He is dying.”

Panicking I delved deeper into the console and a few seconds later there was a low hum as the engine and power came back online.

“Quick!” I cried climbing out and standing up. “Do the tractor beam thing!”

I watched my heart in my mouth as Grayson hurriedly flicked switches. Running to the window, I wrapped my hand around the cold sphere at the nape of my neck. My eyes were fixed on Lonzac’s still body which was being pulled towards the ship by a beam of green light.

“Follow me.” Grayson left the bridge and I sprinted after him.

The tractor beam had taken Lonzac to the cargo bay which was mostly empty apart from a few metal cases and boxes.

“Lonzac!” Throwing myself down beside him I watched anxiously as Grayson pressed his head to Lonzac’s chest. “Is he breathing?” I asked, clutching one of Lonzac’s frozen hands.


“There’s got to be something you can do right? Like CPR? Would that work?” Tears were running down my cheeks and I was rocking back and forth.

Turning his metal head to face me, Grayson said, “CPR? Yes I read about that. It might work but I have no breath, you will have to give him mouth to mouth. I can do the compressions.”

Moving to Lonzac’s head I brushed his copper hair from his face before lowering my mouth to Lonzac’s and breathing into him. Grayson placed his hands on Lonzac’s chest and pressed down. We continued like that for several minutes but nothing happened.

“Why have you stopped?” I demanded when Grayson stood up. “He’s not dead. He can’t be. He wouldn’t just leave me.”

“It’s too late, Adrienne,” he said gravely.

A sob escaped my lips and I shook my head. “No, you’re wrong.” Throwing myself at Lonzac I cried into his chest. “Come back! You can’t die!” Stroking his face gently, my tears fell onto his pale cheeks. “I love you.” I kissed him and all of a sudden Lonzac was kissing me back.

The sphere of silver liquid blazed with heat, burning my skin but I was too preoccupied by the fact that Lonzac was alive to care. He clutched me to him, his skin becoming warmer by the second. My heart felt like it would burst from joy as we continued to kiss. Rolling us over so that he was on top, Lonzac slid a hand under my top. My skin tingled at his touch and I ran a hand through his hair. Our tongues brushed and Lonzac pulled back.

His silver eyes were shining brightly as he stared into my eyes. “Can you wake me like that every day?”

Crying tears of happiness I cupped his cheek with my hand. “Don’t you dare do that to me again.”

“I promise not to.” Lonzac smiled. “I like this human physical intimacy too much.”

We sat up and I wrapped my arms around him, never wanting to let go.

“I thought I’d lost you,” I said into his chest.

Lifting my chin so that I was looking into his eyes, Lonzac told me, “You are the Holder of my heart. You will never lose me.”

“What does that mean?”  

Lonzac touched the sphere at the nape of my neck. “The silver liquid inside is from my core, my heart. In my culture we give it to our mate.”

“So I’m literally holding your heart?” I asked slightly freaked out.

Trailing a smooth fingertip down my neck, he said, “Some of it, yes.”

“And its temperature is linked to your body temperature?”

“Yes. My body temperature is hotter than yours as we Cairani have liquid metal inside us. It takes a lot for our temperatures to change and if it gets too cold we die.”

Slightly embarrassed I glanced down as I asked, “You said that you like human physical intimacy. Do Cairani not kiss?”

“No, my species is less intimate than yours. I will show you soon what we do instead of kissing.”

Feeling myself redden I nodded.

“Sir . . .” Grayson appeared nearby. “I need to examine you to make sure that you are at perfect health.”

“Of course,” said Lonzac standing up. Helping me to my feet, he pressed his lips to mine making my heart skip a beat. “Why don’t you go to your room? You must be tired.”

I didn’t think I could sleep but I nodded and went to the corridor. It took me a while to find the lighter patch of wall that led to my room but I eventually found it. I lay down on the bed so relieved and blissful that Lonzac was alive.



I must have fallen asleep because when I next opened my eyes it was to find that the lights had dimmed and that there was a warm arm around my waist. Hot breath tickled my ear.

“I didn’t thank you for saving my life, did I?” asked Lonzac, nuzzling my neck.

My breath caught in my throat at his touch. “No.”

Trailing kisses from my shoulder to my lips, he moved his hands to my waist.

“Are you . . . are you okay?” I asked, barely able to string a thought together. “I mean, did you pass the check up?”

Lonzac’s eyes were slightly luminous. “I’m fine thanks to you.”

“What was it that brought you back? Was it the CPR?” Reaching out I touched his face.

Taking my hand in his, Lonzac pressed his lips to my knuckles. “I think it was that and the fact that my body was becoming warmer. Grayson tells me that you fixed him and the ship.”

“Well, it was more of a patch job,” I replied.

Lonzac surprised me by pulling me on top of him. Pushing my hair from my face he smiled. “I’m very impressed, Adrienne. You certainly have a talent for working on machines.”

The ship surged forwards with a sudden burst of speed and I was pressed onto Lonzac who grinned charmingly, his hands low on my back.

“What was that?”

“Nothing to worry about, we’re now moving faster than the speed of light.”

I gaped at him. “That’s nothing to worry about?”

Looking amused, Lonzac said, “Grayson will make sure that we don’t hit something.”

“Is that even possible? I thought . . .” My words were cut off when Lonzac started kissing me.

Laying my hands on his muscular chest, I felt Lonzac’s fingers brush my stomach. He wasn’t going to try and have sex with me was he? If he did I wouldn’t let him. Oh who was I kidding? When Lonzac touched me I lost all free will. If he wanted sex I would be powerless to stop him. Which totally wasn’t fair, because I supposed to hate him right now for taking me away from Mum and Shelly. I was lightheaded when Lonzac eventually broke away.

“I love you, Adrienne,” he said, making my blood sing. “I know you don’t think I do, but it’s true. You are the Holder of my heart.”

“Where . . . where are we going?”

Lonzac’s answer made my blood run cold. “Cairan Prime.”

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