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Written By: Viola Grace
Published by: Devine Destinies
ISBN #:978-1-77111-625-1
Series: Return of the Nine # 9
Word Count:14412
Page Count: 57
Heat Level:
Price: $2.99
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    The heap of leather and metal on the table was drawing a lot of speculation as to how a primitive with limited resources managed to repurpose an instrument of torture.

    “I cannot understand how the Gaian understood the tech, let alone reprogrammed it.” The head engineer of the Nine warship scowled and prodded the leather. It contracted immediately.

    “She has a talent for it, much as the other men and women who have been coming to our attention. I wouldn’t put anything past the Gaians at this point. They are surprising us at every turn, Father.” Deniir laughed.

    “I want to talk to the engineer who created this. This is an amazing work of design and practicality.”

    “That will be difficult, Father. She has retired from active use of her talent and has withdrawn to the cliffs. She sees no one.” Deniir frowned. “She has even cut herself off from her friends.”

    His father shifted his shoulders restlessly. “How do you know that?”

    “I asked. Cavos’s mate is a friend of the designer. She is the one who used to wear the harness. Her spinal cord had been damaged, and yet, this woman rigged the straps to keep her friend upright and mobile for years before it failed.”

    “Extremely impressive. For a primitive to take apart and reassemble Tokkel technology is a feat that deserves to be investigated. I would like to interview her.”

    Deniir frowned. “She will not leave her home. Even her friends do not have permission to visit.”

    “Then, you will have to convince her that she needs to take a tour of our facilities. I believe that the opportunity will entice her. She can have full run of a design station and access to all our tech. That has to be tempting, even if she is in retirement.”

    Deniir looked at his father. “You can’t be serious.”

    “I am very serious. A mind like this needs to be encouraged, not allowed to hide in the darkness. Bring her into the light.”

    He straightened and made a formal bow. “Yes, Master Engineer Darthuun. I will bring this woman into the light, whether she wishes to be here or not.”

    A reclusive inventor meets a man who will give her wings. Well, he will let her use his.
    Ula has hidden from her own people in an effort to cease pressure from local government to create weapons against the Nine. When a man with wings comes knocking, she slams the door in his face.
    Deniir has gotten as much information on the designer as he can, but seeing her taming some of the wild flying predators out back eases her rude dismissal of his presence. She is as wild as the beasts she uses to get airborne, and he sees the means to get her to follow him to the stars.
    Offer her complete freedom and she will follow him wherever he leads.

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