The Astral Mage (eBook) - Captains to the Wolf #1

247 pages | eBook | 6x9"
Date of publication: 03/18/2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-943528-64-6
  • Model: 54001 words

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Heat Rating: 2 Flames


Kyrus is a wanted man. Being an Astral Mage, he controls life and death. Which means others want to control him, so he's run from planet to planet, hiding. Until Tilbarr saves him. But with Kyrus by his side, Tilbarr's life is in danger. So Kyrus runs again and the chase begins anew.

Kyrus has never cared about life and death, he controls them. He's an Astral Mage, better known as a "Soul Giver", a race of people who can reattach life force energy back to its source. In other words, he brings the dead back to life.

For years the Confederated Authority, the governing body for planets, has been methodically hunting Astral Mages down and Kyrus is as pure as they've seen. So it becomes a huge risk when Tilbarr, the captain of the Wolf, brings Kyrus on board his ship.

Not that Tilbarr is afraid of the ConFed. Far from it. But the threat to Kyrus doesn't come from outside the Wolf and it isn't long before Tilbarr realizes he just may have to give up everything in order to save Kyrus: his ship, his crew, and even his life. All in all, not a bad trade off.

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They weren't moving any longer. Even though Kyrus was in the bowels of the space freighter, he could definitely tell they had come to a stop. It probably wasn't a good thing. He had felt a shudder under his feet a little while ago, like something had possibly hit the hull. Kyrus tried again to look out the tiny laser-barred opening in the high density aquacite door to his cell but just like the hundreds of times he had done it before, he could see little of the hallway, much less anything else. And all he could hear was the constant groan of the engines. This close to them, he could feel their vibration too. The pulsation made him feel off balance and just a little nauseous.

He flopped back down on the small cot provided him. It was little comfort but why make merchandise comfortable? A commodity was all he was: an item of value, at least to some, to sell. But, he had to admit, this cramped, stagnant cube was better than the dark, musty, wet cell he had come from. He surely would have caught some incurable disease had he been made to stay there much longer. Luckily, unlike the Fera Nobi slaves he had been housed with who basically went on the block for auction the second they came to port, the transaction that sold him to the Captain of this freighter called Araeli, was done in private. Kyrus had been bound, blindfolded, and gagged, dragged up and out to the cold space docks then down to the bowels of this ship, and unceremoniously dumped into this cell.

They had uncuffed him so Captain Falland, himself, could "inspect" him--that having been extremely uncomfortable. He had been stripped to his boxers and made to stand spread-eagle while the captain walked slowly around him, touching and caressing him in ways Kyrus didn't think appropriate for anything, much less "live" cargo--and certainly not something you did in front of crew members. But according to Falland, he was searching for "concealed weapons". He paled remembering the painful squeeze to his buttocks, both cheeks--then the slow finger dropped into the back of his boxers, sliding along his crack, finding and going dry into his hole, pushing hard. He also didn't think the several painful ins and outs the captain did with that finger had anything at all to do with "finding a weapon" but he had been in no position to argue. He had simply screwed his eyes shut, concentrated hard on showing absolutely no fear, and failed miserably.

Thankfully, since then, the captain made no visits to his cell. Kyrus felt sure he would after that weapons search. But maybe Falland was just busy and hadn't taken the time. Kyrus had no idea how long this trip was going to be. It was something none of his captors evidently thought he needed to know.

Still, no matter where they were headed, four days out from the Great Simbos spaceport on New Titania did not get you to the next spaceport. Not even close. In fact, it only put you into deeper space far away from any civilization. The only reason a ship stopped mid-space like this was engine trouble and Kyrus was pretty sure he would have been able to hear it if something had gone wrong with the engines, so that wasn't the case. Or they were waiting for someone, which could be a possibility since he had no idea who Falland was selling him to. If it had been the Confederated Authority, or the ConFed as they were so "lovingly" referred to, they would be docking at an official CFA Space Dock, of which there were plenty, but not out here in the middle of nowhere. So that left any number of others who could possibly have an interest.

The only problem was, in order for a transfer to happen out here the buyer's ship needed to be fairly large, because it would have to have its own docking capabilities or, at the very least, house a runner in order to take in an escape pod. He had no idea how big the Araeli was, most likely a common enough freighter, so escape pods would be the only other way off the ship. However, jetting even one of them off a common freighter when there was no emergency did bad things to the stabilizers. Even he knew that. Escape pods were only used as a last resort.

Not to mention selling an Astral Mage, or a "Soul Giver", to anyone other than the ConFed was considered illegal, so having that kind of a transfer take place out in the vast wide open would not be a good plan. Even out in deep space the ConFed still had eyes and ears. So he doubted that was what was happening either.

The only other possibility was a bad one--a really bad one.



About Hurri Cosmo:
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Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it's cold a good part of the year, she won't age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn't always offer up a "happily ever after" and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn't mind "real life" and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every--single--time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.

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