Mitzi followed Jenkins down the hall to the office where
sheâ€™d meet the alien. Her laptop in hand, ready to work.
The sooner I get this over with, the sooner I can go back
to my life.
Jenkins knocked on the door. â€śCaptain.â€ť
â€śEnter,â€ť said a deep voice, somewhere between a growl and a
command. All grouchy. Possibly hangry for human flesh.
â€śCaptain Jax. This is Mitzi Selig, the shalhinari.â€ť
Mitzi gaped at the tall man with a broad chest and
shoulders. He looked more like a warrior from some popular
battle game or fantasy movie. Nothing like the skinny gray
alien creature she expected to see. His dark uniform gave
him a strong military bearing, as indicated by his title.
Black hair, sapphire blue eyes and dashing defined jawline.
A scar near his left eye, the only noticeable flaw. She
felt like she was meeting an actor in a casting call for a
superhero role. Or worse, her latest book boyfriend from a
historical romance novel about a devilish, handsome pirate
who took a duchess prisoner. Sheâ€™d only been attracted to
alpha-type men in the novels she read. If she ever married,
sheâ€™d choose the sweeter beta male. Although, didnâ€™t she
make the mistake of thinking her ex-fiancĂ© was the sweet
type? â€śI thought you would be gray, greenâ€¦â€ť Shit. â€śI mean,
not so human looking.â€ť Great, his first impression of her
was a babbling fool.
Jax lifted a brow as if scolding an ill-mannered child.
â€śYou are referring to the reptilian drones. We Talzorians
Get your shit together, Mitzi. She bowed her head. â€śA
pleasure to meet you.â€ť
Jax turned to Jenkins. â€śThat will be all.â€ť
â€śUnderstood.â€ť Jenkins gave her an encouraging nod and left.
The gorgeous alien captainâ€™s scowl remained. â€śIâ€™m pleased
you finally relented to being our shalhinari.â€ť
Like I had a choice? â€śColson Tate has a real knack for
â€śTo both of our benefits.â€ť
Yeah, I get to live and you get six women. â€śI understand
the term shalhinari means matchmaker.â€ť
â€śCorrect. The shalhinari understands not only bringing
together people with similar likes and goals in life, but
the union of their spirits.â€ť
â€śI learned that from my grandmother, which is why all her
matches have the lowest divorce rate of any other
matchmaking service.â€ť Still, this had to do more with
properly vetting the eligible couple, not magic.
â€śGood, my men deserve the skills of the best.â€ť
â€śI tend to be very thorough and scientific. I will require
the profiles of your men.â€ť She tilted her head at the man
who belonged in fantasy dreams. â€śPlease, donâ€™t take this
personally, but is this your actual form? The women of
earth must know your true appearance.â€ť Because if this was
his real look, sheâ€™d have women lined up around the globe.
Even she might take a number.
â€śI donâ€™t take anything personally. As I mentioned earlier,
we are humanoid, and yes, this is my real appearance.â€ť
â€śGot it.â€ť She reached for her laptop. â€śLetâ€™s get started.â€ť
â€śI have better technology on my ship.â€ť
No one mentioned space travel. Mitzi stepped back. â€śI
rather not leave terra firma. I figure since I get sea
sick, Iâ€™m not a good candidate for zero gravity.â€ť
â€śOur medical lab is fully equipped. Donâ€™t worry. Weâ€™ll
remain stationed on Earth.â€ť
How could she trust him? â€śIâ€™d feel more comfortable here,
thank you very much.â€ť
Jax stiffened and stared at her as if she had grown a horn
or something. He swallowed and his tone softened. â€śDonâ€™t be
frightened. We are not going anywhere, for now.â€ť
What about no spaceship don't you understand? â€śIâ€™m not
scared. I figure, why waste a perfectly good office set up
that accommodates my needs?â€ť