We pick up where we left off last Sunday with Marcus, who has been on Earth for three weeks, watching Jessie repair appliances in her garage workshop.
When she began to work on a lamp, her fingers caught his attention, as they usually did. Her long, tapered fingers as well as her hands bore evidence of her work. Scratches and scabs along with grease and graphite. Tonight after closing her shop, she would spend several minutes with a stiff-bristled brush removing the dirt from under her short-clipped nails until they became an angry but clean red. Later she would use those long fingers to bring him pleasure, as she had each night since he arrived three weeks ago. His body reacted in its usual manner when thinking about their mating. Lovemaking, he corrected. The Terran term was lovemaking.
Totally engrossed in her work, she opened the base of the lamp to repair its frayed cord, oblivious to his thoughts. She didn't even look up as she spoke. "Come to think of it, even before her trip your mother wasn't coming around as often. She's been acting a little strange with me ever since it was obvious that I'm pregnant. Scott said she talked to him about doing the right thing. By the way, that's Terran for marry the girl." She chuckled.
"If I had not returned when I did, would you have committed to him?"
Something in his tone must have alerted her because she looked up. "Hey, are you still worried about that? Why didn't you say something?" She hopped off her stool and came around the end of the workbench.
Marcus regretted expressing his uncertainty. Insecurity, a foreign concept to him, occurred only around her. As she approached, he straightened away from the doorframe. "It is nothing."
"It is too something. Don't go all Serenian on me, buster." She looped her arms around his neck. "I will tell you again what I've told you before. You, Marcus Viator, starship captain extraordinaire, you are my one and only love."
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