The library was silent except for the flipping of pages. Kyna read the study book for the Volunteer program and made notes for what she needed to work on.
Soft footsteps sounded on the marble and echoed in the room. She looked up and quickly tucked her tablet to one side as she got to her feet.
Two tall guards were flanking a smaller silvery man. They came straight toward her, and the small man with the huge dark eyes smiled politely. “Kyna Wenderson?”
She swallowed and nodded. The four people at the tables were watching with amazement.
“I would like to speak with you privately. Is there somewhere we can do that?”
Kyna nodded. “Just a moment.”
She picked up the phone and dialled the extension for the office. “Hiya, Lara. I need you at the desk. I have to take a meeting.”
Lara inhaled and Kee knew she was smoking. “I will be there in a minute.”
“As you like, but I am leaving the desk now.”
Lara protested, but Kyna hung up the phone and smiled at her visitors. “This way please.”
She snagged the conference room keys and led the way. She didn’t know why an alien had come to the public library, but she was definitely interested in finding out.
Sitting across from the first alien she had ever seen at close range, she folded her hands and smiled politely. “What can I do for you?”
“First, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Hembri, Recruiter Hembri.”
She bit her lip at the James Bond reference, and she put a polite expression on her face. “Pleased to meet you, Recruiter Hembri. What can I do for you?”
“Well, Kyna Wenderson, you have been recommended to us by one of the first Volunteers. Your analytical and data-management skills are in high demand, and since you have not come to us, we have come to you.”
She blinked. “Who recommended me?”
He looked around, “That is classified, but you will be able to discuss it with your sponsor when you come in for the aptitude assessment.”
Kee blinked, “I thought I had to fill out a form first?”
“Your sponsor had the form filled out for you.” He smiled and handed her a card. “This is the time set aside for your assessment. Does it suit your schedule?”
She looked at the card and blinked, it was for immediately after work. “I won’t be able to get there in time. The busses here suck.”
He smiled, showing shark-like teeth. “A driver will be here and he will bring you to the centre. Your sponsor has been most insistent, and she is not a woman to be gainsaid.”
Kee sat back, “You know I now have to come, just to find out who you are talking about.”
He nodded. “I am well aware of it, but I must ask. If you are a suitable candidate, why didn’t you apply for the first round?”
She smiled. “Easy answer. I wasn’t old enough before the deadline. The age issue was what held me back. I just haven’t gotten the nerve up to apply yet.”
“That has been taken care of.” He got to his feet. “Spend the next few hours trying to guess who it is that wants you in space.”
She rose in response and took the hand that he extended. His dark eyes widened, and he grinned again. “I am beginning to understand. I will see you in five hours.”
Recruiter Hembri left the library with his guards, and Kee sat back in the hard plastic chair. The card in her hand seemed to glow in her vision. It was her key to getting out and away from her boring and humdrum life. More to the point, it was her key to getting away from her family.
Few people knew about her stressed relationship with her family. She had five hours to either worry about who knew her so well or to create a plan for after she was accepted. Decisions, decisions.
Kyna has allowed her family to take advantage of her so although she is leery when her skills earn her a spot in space, she is determined to grasp the opportunity before her. With a few alterations, she is ready for her new job as an archivist. Jherin has been waiting for his mate to find him. So when he touches her mind and begins dragon courting, he is ecstatic. But when his mate’s brain becomes sluggish, he knows she is in danger. Will he make it in time to save his future?
Keen by Viola Grace is third in the Terran Times Second Wave series. Kyna is strong but her love of her family has allowed them to take advantage. With a chance to move far, far away, she knows this is her opportunity to live for herself. She is scared of the changes coming but determined to reach for the stars. Jherin is a sleeper dragon and when the Alliance finds the woman perfect for him, he begins courting her as soon as she hits space. Kyna is a quick study and Jherin is determined to give Kyna a future that allows for her happiness, but when the current residents of his planet attempt to cut her future short will Jherin be able to keep her alive?
I think Ms. Grace gave us a well-written story and an enjoyable addition to this series. I found Kyna’s sense of humor and compassion a strong component of her character. That isn’t to say she could not understand Jherin’s strong sense of right, wrong and swift justice. I am looking forward to seeing more Terrans as they step out into the unknown of space.
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