Monday, September 9, 2019

Destination: Titan @Liza0Connor

Destination: Titan
Liza O’Connor



“This is not how I wanted to tell you, but I’ve four minutes left, and I need you to hear the truth from me before you hear partial truths from Dr. Tong.”

“Dr. Tong?” She was now completely confused about their topic of conversation.

“I dated—actually lived with—Dr. Tong when she attended Berkeley for her undergrad degree. We were not in the same field, so I saw no issues. Still, we kept it very quiet. And honestly, I wouldn’t be telling you now, except I’m almost certain she will.”


“The first chance she gets.”

“No, I meant when did you live with her?”

“I met her during her freshman year and she moved in with me the following summer.  She didn’t move out until her senior year. That would have been your second year at Berkeley.”

Tam blinked in confusion. “But you were always with me at the lab.”

He laughed softly. “That was her opinion as well. It’s why we broke up. It’s why she changed schools for her doctorate.”

“She thought you and I…”

“Yes, and that’s why she was so rude to you and will likely continue to give you a hard time.” His face hardened. “I know your temper, but I need you to continue to show the restraint you did today. If it comes down to you and her, I fear it will be you who is left behind.”

“Why? She’s a linguist. What do we even need her for?”

“It’s not her knowledge; it’s her DNA. Janise is genetically flawless. The future of the human race needs her. In a crunch, I could cover your skill requirements, but there’s no one close to her genetic purity.”

Just then, Lancaster entered and declared he needed Tamara.

Max sighed. “This is not where I wanted to leave this conversation. We’ll talk about this later tonight.” He gently pulled her from her chair and handed her over to Lancaster.

She felt Lancaster’s eyes on her; no doubt Mr. Busy-body wanted to know what Max had told her. As he rushed her down the hall, her mind kept repeating Max’s declaration that Dr. Tong was genetically perfect. His lover for two years was genetically perfect. His genetically perfect lover who’d left him, but now clearly wanted him back.

“Are you crying?” Lancaster demanded.

She shook her head no and suddenly wished she had long hair like Tong’s so she could hide her face.

Lancaster pulled her into a room and closed the door.

“What happened?” he demanded.

“Nothing.” She tried to move away from him, but his arms pinned her to the wall.

“I need to get you to the medic, so I don’t have time for twenty questions. I am ordering you to tell me what upset you.”

“Nothing of importance.”

“Bullshit! You’ve been a trooper all day. You’re the only one who hasn’t caused me trouble and I want to know what Max said to change that.”

“Max wasn’t trying to make me cry. In fact, he was trying to prepare me so I wouldn’t be hurt. Unfortunately, Max’s attempt inadvertently hurt my feelings. It’s no big deal. I’ll get over it.”

“What did he tell you? And answer my question this time,” he added with a growl.

“He told me he and Dr. Tong used to be lovers, that she blames me for their break-up, and she is genetically perfect and more important to this project than I am,” Tam replied.

“And was it the latter part that made you cry?”

She nodded, careful not to look him in the eye so he wouldn’t see she was lying. However, that meant she did not see his intent until he kissed her. She stiffened at first and tried to push him away, but his chest was so wonderfully hard and muscular, and it had been ages since anyone had kissed her. He felt so amazingly delicious that she stopped resisting and kissed him back.

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