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story along with a new cast of characters. When I wrote The Dreamboat, I
already had the new characters in my head along with their story. Tobias Mars
and Dante Pepper, the elite space pilots for the royal court, very nearly made
an appearance in The Dreamboat, but because that story is about Indigo at last
finding love, I decided they needed their own story.
lovers, but Dante met Viridian and fell in love. Tobias has yet to meet his
love when String of Pearls, opens. He’s a man of high integrity, handsome,
caring, but also longing for love and sex. String of Pearls is his love story.
special mission, when on a water planet, recently ravaged by space pirates, he
discovers Dreft Hann hiding and injured in the sand dunes.
honorable Tobias believes the fact Dreft is in his care precludes him from
showing his growing love for the young man. What’s worse is his shocking
discovery of Dreft’s real identity. Even so, Tobias can’t deny his feelings for
discovers Dreft’s secret, he anticipates trouble.
joining the elite pilot squad, trouble is brewing from someone in Dreft’s past.
Mars gazed at Dreft lying on top of the bed in room ten of the infirmary.
Hari’s treatment had worked wonders and not only on Dreft’s wounds. Hari had
cleaned Dreft up. His hair, now a dirt-free glossy hazelnut brown was brushed
back to show off the handsome planes of his face. Hari had replaced Dreft’s
strange boy-like clothes with the infirmary’s grey cotton pants and t-shirt. The man was, as his colleague, Dante,
put it, deliciously pretty. For a fleeting moment, Tobias wondered what it
would be like to kiss those perfect lips and hold that muscular body to his
own. He shook the thought away.
opened his eyes and a shy smile spread on his mouth. As Tobias neared him, he
shuffled up the bed to sit. “Thank you so much for helping me, sir.”
pulled a chair beside the bed and sat. “My name’s Tobias, Tobias Mars—no need
to call me sir. How are you feeling?”
handsome man’s eyes held gratitude. “I’m so much better. Thank you. I noticed
the insignia on your jacket, sir.”
grinned as his fingers went to trace the gold and blue embroidered crest. “I’m
one of the queen’s pilot explorers. I guess you could call us the elite unit.
All the same, call me Tobias. I’d like that.”
heard that you have to be aristocracy to be chosen for the unit. Is that true?”
little frown creased between Tobias’s eyes. “Have you? Where’d you hear that?”
A spike of worry prevented him from answering with the truth. His intense
security training from the warlock, Indigo Vaughn, threw a question into his
mind. Could Dreft be a rival court’s spy
or even assassin?
I mean no harm. I heard a lot of things during my years as a slave.” Dreft’s
voice held anxiety. His blue eyes clouded.
Dreft’s unease, a wave of kindness softened Tobias’s look and tone. “How long
were you a slave?” He remembered Hari’s description of the scars on Dreft’s
passed in Dreft’s eyes. “Five years—I’ve been a slave since I was stolen from
my home when I was eighteen. I, I’d become desperate, hence the leap from the
ship when we cruised reasonably low to take water from the lake on the planet
where you rescued me.” His voice cracked a little.
watched fear replace the sadness in the young man’s eyes. He wanted to lighten
the mood. “Hey, are you hungry? I bet Hari hasn’t given you breakfast and I’ve
not eaten yet. Do you feel up to a little walk? My home isn’t far. I have loads
of food—fruit, pancakes, savory pastries, and coffee. What do you say?”
gave him the most endearing look.
“I’m very hungry.”
stood and pushed the chair away from the bed. He held out his arm for Dreft to
take and helped him stand. “Hang on. You have no shoes.” Tobias left Dreft
perched on the side of the bed. He went to the closet inset at the end of the wall and brought back a pair
of felt slip-ons for Dreft.
pushed his feet into them. “Thank you. I think the medicA threw away what I was
is the best medicA available. I trust him implicitly, but he’s a hygiene fanatic.
He probably burned what you were
dressed in.” Tobias laughed. “Can you manage or will you take my arm. It’s a
gesture of support.”
gaze raked Tobias’s face and he smiled softly. “I know the clothes you found me
in probably gave you the impression I’m a pirate’s plaything. I’d like to
don’t need to—” Tobias hurried to assure Dreft.
want to.” He held Tobias’s arm.
you’ve eaten, then.” Tobias led the way from the room, along the corridor and out of the infirmary door. His villa was two
doors down from Dante’s and he walked slowly favoring Dreft’s halting steps.
limping but Hari said my legs were only bruised under the abrasions. Sorry. I
didn’t expect them to hurt so much. My ribs don’t and they were broken.”
fixed your ribs and administered slow release pain reliever at the site. He
fixed your abrasions somewhat, but it’s good to heal naturally where possible.
He wants you to rest.” A smile sprang to Tobias’s lips. “If he sees us, he’ll
probably say to me, ‘Sir, you got Dreft Hann up too soon.’”