Hello Fiendish Followers!
I'm enjoying the opportunity to revisit my stories over the last few weeks. One I particularly enjoyed working on was Covert Webs as part of the Sex Love Aliens Vol 1 anthology.
Released in 2014, it was an opportunity to collaborate with some amazing authors! Jaye Shields, Beth D Carter and Ashlynn Monroe are amazing ladies, and it was a real treat! Anyway, so today's throwback is the Covert Webs.
In the course of a single day Gia Montgomery loses her job and discovers that her boyfriend—now ex-boyfriend—is a two-timing sleaze. After downing a bottle of wine, she catches sight of Cedun, the Ba’Tua heir who has been living on Earth for several years, in her backyard. Gia’s struggled to ignore the strong attraction between them, because she’s sure he’s seeing someone else. Someone very close to her, in fact.
When the situation with her ex turns nasty, Cedun finally has a chance to set things straight between himself and Gia, but nothing is as simple as it seems. Cedun must protect Gia and sort out an impossible love-life tangle before it’s too late.
“She reached for the tissue box and mopped up the mess. Hunting for the rubbish bin, soggy tissues in hand, she jumped when the phone rang. Gia waited, wondering what more depressing news she could possibly receive.
Hi, this is Gia. I’m not available to take your call, so leave a message.
“Gia? This is Valerie. I heard about your job—and Garret. Call me.”
Gia groaned. Oh, why is life so unkind? Her mum, Valerie, wasn’t the nurturing, baking biscuits kind of mother. No, instead she was more like a friend. A close and tight friend.
“Right now a traditional parenting arrangement would be infinitely welcome.” She glanced around, thankful that no one would hear her say that.
With several wobbly steps, she thrust the used paper into the bin and moved to the sink, gripping it firmly.
Nothing had been the same since the Ba’Tua had made contact with Earth. Now hospitals had shut down. The advanced healing techniques had been made available to all with tremendous success, putting traditional medical attendants out of work. Of course, the same was the case for many industrial outlets too. Including her place of work.
“So much has changed in the last three years.” Her voice echoed in the empty kitchen as she gazed blindly out the window.
Earth now had several trading partners off-planet “and long-term issues, such as global warming, had been eliminated with the help of the Ba’Tua.
But there was a catch. The Ba’Tua needed to learn to break free of the restraints they’d learned as younglings—so they could procreate and learn to live as one society. So groups were sent to settle on Earth. To learn to be free.
The Ba’Tua had been technologically advanced but hideously repressed, with a look-but-don’t-touch attitude to life. The generation of ‘Ti’—the ones who’d made first contact—could barely handle being close to one another. They might be technologically advanced but their social skills, for the most part, were sadly lacking. Especially those who’d just arrived.
She snickered. “Must make sex a difficult prospect.” Not that the Ba’Tua discussed that either.
Of course, Earth wasn’t the only planet they’d been working with, but to date, it seemed to have been the most successful species they’d encountered in terms of helping them overcome their issues. Just this morning, she’d seen several younglings, as the children were known, on the train, laughing and flirting with a group of girls.
For a moment a smile curved her lips. Shame the men are so damned sexy. The women weren’t hard on the eyes either, Gia conceded.
Turning away from her position, Gia caught sight of movement from the corner of her eye. This time she looked out the window and in her garden was a Ba’Tua male.
“Holy hell, what’s he doing here?”