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Hurhhm... is it morning already?
Tiak slowly wakes up, vision blurred, a pounding headache and the ignorance of what's up and what's down.
Tiak feels like he's about to freak out. Hard.
Tiak tries his best to not to flip out, but he's quite alarmed. His memories from the past hours are confusing like a dream, but there's no point in denying it.
He has... slept with a Ziranée, the ancestral enemy of his people. And a queen, no less! Not many Maurians are going to see this with good eyes if they find out.
Looks like Nayria is still asleep. She has Tiak's lower half of the body entangled in a hold. But it's not too tight, and Tiak might be able to slip out of it without waking her up.
(Tiak burns didn't get magically healed, I fucked up the layers, sorry)
Mincing words does us no good. Did you have sex with her, or merely slept together?
If it was sex, then was it enjoyable?
As awkward a question as this is... I'm kind of curious. ._.
Not so much as far as details go, mind you.
Tiak isn't really sure, he doesn't even know if their species are compatible, and hell, he doesn't even know much about Ziranée anatomy and how they... work. And all his memories after he took off his clothes are fuzzy at best. But whatever happened, Tiak recalls it being pretty pleasant.
Tiak clears his throat and hesitantly nudges the queen. In an instant, she awakes, with a long yawn. Her tail squeezes its grip tighter over Tiak's lower half and raises him slightly, in an impressive display of strenght.
Hmm... My little detective is awake already, haha?
I... you... fghdl... I don't...
My, I'm glad to have discovered that you can give better uses to your tongue than speaking. You should calm yourself a bit.
Hmfff... Why did you do this?
Hmmm? Because I thought it would be fun. Because I can. Because nobody could stop me from doing it. You wouldn't understand it, it comes with a position like mine. How is your arm?
Tiak almost forgot about his arm injury. It feels sore, and still hurts when he touches it, but the piercing pain has gone away, and he can move it without problems.
Better, thank you... Could you please stop squeezing me... there?
She giggles, releasing Tiak from her grip.
You had a different opinion about the matter a few hours ago. Anyways, that should sooth the pain of your arm until you can get surgical care once we get to Tinosa II. I guess that you should get dressed and go back to your thrilling adventures of getting shot and burned. And don't forget to look for the last key.
Can I use your shower?
Sure, just try not to wet your injured arm, you'll wash off all the ointment and it will start hurting again.
Tiak steps into the empty bathroom, into the shower. The cold running water feels refreshing after the stiffing room temperature in the queen's cabin.
Mind if I ask you some questions?
At all. Now, If I'm going to answer them or not, that's a different matter.
Now that you have two of the three keys, you're more likely to be the target of an attack to take them. If you could tell me who's so interested in the keys, I'd be on guard against them.
Officer, my life has been at risk since the day I was born. It's one of the perks of being part of the royalty of one of the houses. And it's no different here. I wouldn't trust anybody if I were you, officer.
Not even you?
Specially not me! Everybody knows that politicians and nobility are less trustworthy than the common back alley Sinarri mugger.
Hmm... What can you tell me about Mikos.
I doubt anybody is going to morn his death. He was scum, and his only desire was to end the truce and be back to the endless war again. It's ironic that it seems that with his dead, he's probably going to achieve it.
Not if I can do something about it. Another question. Do you know ambassador Zira Niadar? Do you know who is she working for?
Zira? Zira... Zira... Oh! Now I remember. She was one of those pacifist activist that was always sending me letters of support, going to meetings, sending angry letters to newspapers... Never met her in person, but she seemed to be a nice Maurian, but completely harmless. Is she in the ship?
What a surprise. Never imagined her as the traveler kind. I can't imagine her "working" for any shady organization, either.
Tiak gets out of the shower, gathering his clothes and belongings, getting dressed.
Well, I better get going. Thank you for... everything. And please, I value my consciousness and I would like to keep it the next time I stop by.
She giggles, managing to show even more teeth with that grin, if that's possible.
Oh, by the way. I imagine that you would like to keep our little nursing session a secret. Well, my advise is that you better don't let Zeno find out about it. See, he's not just my bodyguard.
No. He's also my mate.
And he's... sort of the jealous kind of mate. And he tends to react violently when he's jealous. It's just a friendly warning. Have fun!