NiKoh and I have something in common: We're both the older sibling, and we both have a child who dreams of being an astronaut, ha ha! Although, to be fair, mine wanted to stay at Mission Control. I used to tease him that his 1st objective was to restore Pluto as a regular planet!
Anyway, here's an excerpt from NiKoh's Chosen, where he's truly experiencing the 'empty nest', after the death of his mate, and with his son away at school. Changes are about to be made....is the household ready for them?
Still mourning the tragic death of his beautiful mate, could another Chosen one already be waiting for NiKoh SiLah? To avoid what he’s not ready to accept, he throws himself into his work at Planet Security.
Leaving the Academy behind to follow her dream of working with animals, GiNae SoJae returns home. Preoccupied with work and not ready to take a mate, she’s horrified when her body enters Maturity. GiNae fights the changes occurring within her. But during nightly dreams she cannot control, an unknown man teaches her the secrets of her body.
Will NiKoh and GiNae succumb to the paths they think have been chosen for them or will they discover the true Chosen life that awaits them?
Nikoh's Chosen: Family Matters can be found at the following places:
“I’m tired of my lonely table, ViShe. Will you and your daughter join me?” His head hurt and his eyes burned from staring at the computer monitor all afternoon. The last thing he wanted to do was sit at his empty table and eat food he wouldn’t even taste. Since BeSai’s death, he had lost enjoyment of many things.
“Tis not proper,” ViShe exclaimed. “Domestics should never occupy the same table as the master of the house.”
NiKoh scowled and shoved his plate away. “Since when do I observe division of labor? There are many who think nothing of keeping their Domestic staff awake until the wee hours, only to insist they be awake at dawn. I only insist on large breakfasts when I have company and most mornings I am capable of getting my own coffee and nourishment. All I want is some conversation and focus my attention on someone else for a change. Is that so bad?”
ViShe set down the empty platter she held. “NiKoh, I know I overstep my bounds many times during our interactions, and yes, you have always been a courteous head of household. But if GiNae observes a blurring of the lines, so to speak, she will continue to push the rules of society.”
“For God’s sake, ViShe!” NiKoh pounded the table. “I do not think society will fall if you and GiNae share a meal with me. How about leaving the kitchen door open? I will move to the other end and we can converse through the door. Will that satisfy your need for decorum?” He glared at his Domestic, who looked flustered and twisted the hem of her apron.
ViShe picked up the platter and moved toward the door. “It is time for GiNae to return from the clinic. I know she will be hungry and I made her favorite appertites for dessert.” She propped open the door and vanished from NiKoh’s view.
Chuckling to himself, NiKoh gathered his place setting and moved to the other end of the table. He saw ViShe set two steaming plates on the little table she kept near the stove and positioned a stool at each place. GiNae’s voice reached his ears and he activated his senses to hear better.
“I am starving. RaKel let me exercise the panneis this afternoon, and I had forgotten how hungry I get afterward.” GiNae entered his line of sight. “Why is the door open?”
ViShe turned her back to NiKoh. Damn her; she knows I will not eavesdrop on a private conversation.
Just hearing GiNae’s brief account was enough to cheer him up. NiKoh reached for his fork and tasted the zesty vegetables for the first time in weeks. He saw GiNae move around her mother and approach the smaller table.
“Greetings, NiKoh. All is well with our planet security?”
NiKoh chuckled to himself as he returned her greeting. “There are always a few mishaps, but nothing out of control. Are you enjoying your work with the animals?”
GiNae took her seat and said a quick blessing over her food. To his surprise, NiKoh silently joined in respectful silence.
“I love it. Neither RaKel nor I ever have a dull moment.” She began to eat, telling NiKoh of the various antics of the animals and relating anecdotes of clients. One story reminded NiKoh of a childhood memory and soon all three were laughing at the thought of BaRok running through the forest with his tattered pants flapping around his knees.
NiKoh swallowed the last bite of his dessert from his plate and drained his goblet. A burp caught him by surprise; it had been weeks since he’d eaten everything set before him. He patted his full belly, then stood up.
“Thank you, ladies. I enjoyed your company this evening.” NiKoh smiled, then retired to his study.
A holographic image soon appeared. “Greetings, NiKoh. Am I interrupting?”
“No, Mother. How are you?”
“I am well. BeHah has informed me of a family who recently lost everything in a fire. Would you be willing to donate some of BeSai’s things?”
Anger welled up. “Another woman wearing my mate’s clothing? I think not. How dare you ask me that?”
“Patience, my son.” ReNei remained calm. “If you are not ready, then I will take my leave. It is not good to hang onto such things, NiKoh. You need to let go. Remember, others are not as fortunate.”
“Maybe I could donate a few things,” NiKoh relented. He blinked back tears which tried to blur his vision. “I will have them ready in the morning.”
“Blessings, NiKoh.” ReNei blew a kiss before her image shimmered and disappeared.
NiKoh dropped his head into his hands. Do I have the courage to enter that room again? Mother is right; I will have to let go of her eventually. Others could benefit from her belongings; BeSai would want that.
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