Excerpt from 'Beloved Enemy'
Beloved Enemy - Volume 3 of 'the Destiny Trilogy'
Released 11th March 2016
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"Like I said before, no sudden moves. Get up - slowly."
"So you are making me a prisoner?"
"Not exactly, but I'm not stupid enough to take any risks."
He rose to his feet, his gaze not leaving her gunhand. Several inches taller than her, broad shouldered and slim, he presented a commanding figure. His expression froze as his gaze homed in on the insignia on her breast pocket, his eyes like chips of blue ice.
"You work for the Union."
"I work for myself."
"Then why are you wearing the insignia of the Global Union of Earth and Allied Planets?"
"I have a license to requisition any enemy ship trespassing in the sectors of space over which they hold dominion."
"A licensed pirate in the pay of the Global Union,"
Kerry's eyes showed outright contempt. She almost preferred the icy coolness.
"I prefer to think of myself as a freelancer, doing a service."
His expression did not change, although he did change tack. "You could have left me to die, or just shot me. Why didn't you?"
"Call it a personality flaw. I don?t like abandoning someone who's wounded even to save my own skin. And I don't kill in cold blood. If I have to shoot someone, I'd rather they were facing me with their eyes open." Even if I did swear to leave their dead body for the Union to use in their hideous experiments. Keep it casual. Don?t let him guess what?s really in your mind.
To her amazement, he smiled the most devastating smile she'd ever seen, made even more remarkable because he didn't look as if he did it very often.
"My own philosophy as it happens. It seems almost a pity we are on opposite sides."
"Opposite sides?" How much did he guess?
"I have no love for the Alliance. That puts us on opposite sides, even if you are a pirate."
She gave him her most withering look. "Fine. And just because I decided to save your neck, don't get any ideas. We don't have to like each other."