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This week's quote is from "Wanderlust" by Ann Aguirre. It's science fiction with a strong romantic theme. After a battle, Sirantha and Vel get separated from the rest of their party. Here, they have all met up again at the med center. It's a sweet, tender scene (contains mild swearing).
"Good work out there today." That seems to register where nothing else has."Thanks. You, too. You did exactly as I hoped you would. You got Vel medical attention and kept safe."
"You scared the shit out of me," I admit, low.
March turns to me then and pulls me into his arms. I drop my head onto his chest, even though he's covered in dried blood. "I know. I took my turn, trust me. You must've been asleep when I started trying to find you again, Jax. It was like..." He pauses, and I know he's thinking of when Vel took me. When he thought I was dead. "I'm sorry I put you through that, but I couldn't-"
"I know," I say softly. I just thought, well, I was afraid-"
"You didn't let me down."
"Do you two ever finish your own sentences?" Jael asks.
Shit, I forgot he is here. If he didn't look so beat-up, I'd hit him. "Rarely."
I expect him to make some wisecrack, but he merely says, perhaps a touch wistfully, "Must be nice."