2 Works in Chronicles of Alsea - Fletcher DeLancey
Tal and Ekatya share a long awaited night together. Set just after the end of chapter 33 of 'Alsea Rising - The Seventh Star'
When they separated, they were both breathing heavily and gazing at each other with their eyes half closed. Ekatya pushed herself up to sit once again, surveying the scene below her. Tal felt disbelief return to brush against the emotions of the woman straddling her hips. Then a hand was against her cheek and the deep blue eyes staring down at her were filled with a soft desire. Tal removed one of her own hands from the small of Ekatya’s back and placed it over the hand cupping her jaw to hold it in place. She turned her head to plant a kiss into Ekatya’s palm and spoke softly, “I can hardly believe it either. This is something I thought was out of my reach for a very long time.” She turned back and spoke in a calm and confident tone while holding that gaze that threatened to pull her into its depths, “But I am here. You are here. This is real, Ekatya. Thank Fahla. This is no longer out of our reach.”
What if Ekatya didn't come to her senses? What if Lhyn heard her give the order? What if the shuttle's hullskin lasted a little longer?
An alternate version of the last third of The Caphenon; major spoilers for the whole book.