Across Time

Across Time

Rayne Forrest

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Corri Dunn’s mission to distant Adhara VII begins on a downhill slide. Not only have her superiors withheld vital information, her ex-lover, Devin Tremaine, knows what it is. Corri must face Devin, and what happened five years ago, or lose her command. Confronting the truth means facing the fact she still loves Devin. She wants him back in her life, and her bed, but she has to survive this mission first.

Devin Tremaine made one big mistake in his life – he lost the love of his life when she needed his understanding and he couldn’t give it. Now they’re both at Adhara VII, caught in a web of deceit – and renewed passion. Corri’s been sent into a trap and he’s the only one who can save her.

Led by Corri’s dreams of the mysterious Ori-Arkee, a powerful mystic who can reach through time and space, they race against time to discover hidden truths. But Time has a few tricks up her sleeve. The secrets of Adhara VII unlock their past, present and future, a future that is quickly unraveling unless Corri and Devin take a leap of faith – across time.

 
PUBLISHED BY: Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-002-0
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006
WORD COUNT: 61184
SEXUAL CONTENT RATING: 3 3 3
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CATEGORIES: Romantic Fiction, Action/Adventure, Erotica, Paranormal, Science Fiction
KEYWORDS: Space travel, alien planet, Easter Island, Erotic romance, reunion story
 

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COPYRIGHT Rayne Forrest/2006
What was that?" Devin asked Corri. "You’re muttering."

"No, I’m not. I’ve got work to do." She rose and stalked off. Devin went after her.

Those long legs of hers were covering a lot of ground, fast. He caught up to her but she didn’t stop until she reached the beverage station. Devin snorted at the fancy brews.

"Winston really roughs it, doesn’t he? Espresso. Cappuccino. Latte."

"Just pour," Corri snapped and held out a mug. "I told him, Devin. Don’t let all the gentility fool you. Post that guard."

"It’s done. Now what’s wrong?"

She jerked her head towards an area at the edge of the trees where assorted chairs were loosely assembled around a fire pit. He followed her silently.

"I looked up references to Easter Island ," she told him, selecting a chair and sitting. "I don’t understand how that isolated island can have anything to do with here. Those people died off, probably starved out due to their isolation. The island couldn’t support them. It’s only forty-five square miles of rock."

"The civilization thrived for many years." Devin burned to know what else she’d found. He knew she’d found something; she refused to meet his eyes.

"Do you believe in dreams?"

"I’m sorry, I didn’t get your name," he said in his best, politest voice.

The look she gave him was priceless. Part disbelief, part feminine irritation, part amusement, and all Corrine Dunn. He wished he’d had his scanner ready to capture it.

"I’m serious, Tremaine. Do you?"

He looked out across the field where members of Winston’s team worked. He looked back, across time, to a few short months when he’d been truly happy.

"Sure. I have to believe in dreams. I want you back."

She didn’t answer. Devin took the chance and looked at her. She was staring off across the rolling green hills.

"I had a vision," she said so softly he almost couldn’t hear her voice. Some instinct told him she was completely serious. This, then, was the strained look she had today.

"Tell me." He took her hand. That she allowed him to do so spoke volumes.

He listened while she related the dream to him. When she fell silent, he didn’t speak immediately.

He knew her. She wasn’t one to imagine things. She’d had some sort of odd experience. An icy finger of fear traced its way down his spine. He believed there were a lot of things out here, in space, that no one knew about.

"It’s possible you dreamed it because of all the research you did before you went to bed," he said, trying to make it seem logical.

"Yes, it could have been so. But it wasn’t."

He plucked the mug from her hand. "Come on. Let’s take a little walk." He was surprised when she nodded and called her first officer to alert him to her status. She was really shaken.

They walked downstream for about a mile before coming to a shallow pool. They chose a large flat rock and sat.

"I tried to find you after I got my first posting," she told him. "You’d blocked me out."

"I was hurt." I still am, a bit.

"I need the truth from you. Why are we here?"

He didn’t pretend not to understand. He’d rather smooth out the past before jumping to the future, but he had to be patient with that, with her.

"I don’t know. That’s the truth." He pulled a data disk from his pocket and handed it to her.

"That’s what I have so far. You have access to different library banks. Maybe this will add something."

She took the disk and slipped it in a pocket. Then she did what he’d not dared hope for. She reached out to him, needing him.

She leaned her head on his shoulder and sighed tiredly.

Another time he’d have pushed his advantage. Another time he’d have laid her down on the grass and made love to her the way a man should love a woman.

But this time, her tired sigh and haunted eyes had him at a serious disadvantage. He put his arm around her and let her lean on his strength. The Corri he’d known at another time would not have permitted it.

He kissed her hair. It was all he dared. He expected at any moment she’d realize she was taking comfort from him and snap back to her normal self and snap him in half for sitting there thinking about sex. And it would be obvious he was thinking about sex if she happened to look below his belt.

 
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