“So when does everything begin to happen? What’s the big Plan?”
They were in the market, the three of them, sitting and watching the activity. In the distance, a guard was scanning another sector of the market. Luqas didn’t take his eyes off the guard, in case they had to make a quick exit.
Oblivious to the danger, Toch answered Rujt’s question. “There is none, for now. We just wait.”
“Wait? That’s it? You’re the Prime and you just wait?”
“It’s complicated. First off, my genes have to mature—”
She cut him off, laughing. “It’s OK. I’m just kidding. I know when your time comes, you’ll have to leave.” She suddenly sobered. “I’m in no hurry to lose you.” She slipped her arm around his waist.
“You won’t lose me. You’ll just have to live without me for a short while. Somehow you’ll have to manage.” He laughed as she hit his arm.
“Don’t laugh at me,” Rujt pouted. “You don’t know what you’re going to have to do, and anything involving the Spidon is dangerous. I don’t want to think about something happening to you.”
“Don’t worry, he takes good care of me,” Toch said, nodding his head toward Luqas.
Rujt replied stubbornly, “Yes, but I want to look after you now. He can’t always protect you.”
“You’d be surprised.”
“But we’re never alone.” She was becoming sulky.
Toch tried to cajole her out of her dark mood. “Are you jealous?”
Her reply was serious. “Maybe, just a bit.”
“Oh, Rujt, you’re crazy. First off, I don’t have a choice in the matter. And secondly, I wouldn’t want to choose between you two. Luqas is my best friend. I’d be lost without him.”
Behind them, still focused on the guard, Luqas smiled faintly.
“Just once, I’d like to be alone with you.”
“Well, you can consider us alone if it’s just the three of us.”
“That’s not the same.”
“Then you shouldn’t have gotten involved with me, eh?” He turned to Luqas. “Looks like you’d better take extra-special care of me, or you’ll have her to deal with.”
Rujt glared at Luqas. “You’d better believe it.”
Author: Windsor Harries
Since birth, Toch has prepared for his destiny: to become the Prime, the being who would save his race from the oppressive Spidon. Perfected over uncountable generations, the genetic power that will free them lies dormant until he reaches maturity. Until then, with the help of his friend and Protector, he needs to stay hidden—and safe—from the Spidon.
Everything goes according to the Plan, until a traitor reveals the truth about Toch, putting the future of their entire race in danger . . .
Windsor Harries was born and raised in Toronto, Canada in the heady years between TV’s heyday and the internet revolution. He has been writing ever since he can remember. His early influences include Edgar Rice Burroughs and Doctor Who (Tom Baker, of course). For his mild-mannered secret identity, he works as a marketer in the financial services industry. He had written numerous books, but Prime is his first published novel.