THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 269
…on Earth we have something called a courtship period…
Graphic details aside, Cerella coaches her would-be mate into achieving an unconventional union. One may say it is mutually satisfying. She must have thought long and hard on the mechanics of it all, but if effort is the gauge, she gets an A+.
Words are scarce, hardly needed, though she did leave out one minute little small tiny detail, #You are now my mate for life#
Suddenly, talk turns to telepathy and he passes this off as emotional overreaction, until the next thing crosses his mind.
#When our offspring is born, I would like to break with Eridanian tradition and cohabitate, of course only after a public ceremony heralding that the heiress to the High Counsel has taken a mate#
#How do you know that you have conceived a child?# Expressing thoughts this way comes hard for Deke, who manages to project, #And do I have a say in the matter?#
#I believed you to have feelings for me#
#I do, but on Earth we have something called a courtship period#
#Were you not paying attention Deke McKinney? The Eridanian female mates once and for all time and our law offers no dissolution clause. The child forming in me is your approval of this coupling#
#To death do us part?#
#Death is irrelevant. Are you pleased?#
Thoughts to himself are not, ‘..but I wanted a big family’.
#I can conceive but once, I am sorry#
#It is going to take some time for this all to sink in#, he does kiss her tenderly as not to confuse the issue, #and this will be a big surprise to my mother#
#I do not think so, Deke. Before you arrived on Eridanus, Celeste McKinney told me that we would be perfect mates# Her honesty is refreshing, her intent quite clear. —
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