Aren’t you supposed to save me, hero? she thought. Isn’t that what everybody loves you for?
She shook her head, even as yet another blast rocked the world around her. ‘No... no counting on heroic aliens today.
Today, it’s my turn to save someone.
“This ship can handle light, stealth-based combat and long-distance travel, but…”
He’d probably said too much.
His companion’s narrowed eyes confirmed his fear. “Travel long distances and fight? Zorei... why would your ship be designed to do that?”
“Did you save me and let them die because I’m the only one you cared about?”
The words ripped into him like shrapnel, and Zorei sharply turned away as his fear drowned beneath the tide of grief he’d been fighting to hold at bay. “You weren’t.”
A moment ago, his tightening chest had felt like it was going to crush his lungs.
Now it was expanding in a rush of battle fire, as if the wings of a phoenix were spreading in his breast, ready to blaze a trail to a future made bright by that flame.
If you want to read more about Zorei, Kadian, and Alexandra, you can get a longer excerpt and grab your copy of Heroic Lies here.