Aster’s assignment as a bodyguard suits her temperament. She likes to boss folks around while keeping them where they are supposed to be. A fan of order, she enjoys her position away from Earth on a world where her services can be of use.
Dressed up like a doll for a costume party, she finds that fighting is part of the local community tradition and calling upon an ancient god is also traditional. She just never expected him to answer.
Yodin is an immortal who has been looking for another of his kind. Aster has only recently shed her previous life and entered the endless lifespan that he currently enjoys, but he intends to introduce her to the pleasure of an eternity with the god of war, death and sex.
Aster Marquis met the punch with one of her own, but hers made contact. Her opponent was driven back with the force, and she raised her eyebrows. She hadn’t realised he was really trying to make contact.
“Again.” Recruiter Norz was on the sidelines and watching her as she fought with his bodyguard.
Again, he struck and, again, she countered.
“Amazing. Each and every attack is met with precisely the same pressure to counter it.” Norz walked toward her and handed her a towel.
She passed it to his guard and took the second towel.
“I tried to explain, but it isn’t something I get to use on a daily basis.”
“When did this start?”
“After the accident, during physiotherapy.”
He nodded. “Your physique is impressive for a woman of your age.”
She grimaced. “It is a side effect. If someone puts weight on me, I push it. Anything seen as an attack is matched with equal force, and since my trainer kept adding more, my muscles kept building out of self-defence.”
“So, you are a completely passive defence system?”
Aster shrugged. “You tell me. I know that I react before anything happens to me now, but my strength is completely normal for a woman of my body type most of the time.”
Norz frowned; his silver skin and dark eyes showed he was obviously working on something. “I don’t know of a place for you, but with your other skills and with your eidetic memory, I believe we can find you a position in the Alliance or elsewhere.”
Aster smiled. “Do you think so? I don’t want to presume if there is a space that someone else could occupy.”
Norz inclined his head. “Your position would be yours and yours alone.”
Aster finished drying the sweat off her neck and cleavage and smiled at her sparring partner. “Thank you for the workout.”
He inclined his head to her and Norz. “It was my pleasure.”
He took the towel from her, and he left the gym.
Norz inclined his head. “Change your clothing and I will meet you for further discussions. As far as I am concerned, the moment you sign the contract, you are a Terran Volunteer.”
She smiled shyly and inclined her head. A spiral of excitement unfurled in her. She had changed when her skull was cracked and her brain rewired itself, and now, she would have a chance to use what she had become. Her joy threatened to spill over, but she kept her face as calm as she could.
Outer calm gave her the starting point for everything that came after, and she was getting the feeling she was going to be doing a lot of learning.