Among the Shine Clan, Dellani Oakes

Among the Shine Clan – Part 11 by Dellani

among-the-shine-clan-coverFiddlestix and Deacon have finally calmed down enough to talk professionally about their mutual problem with the cyber warriors. She asks him if they are under surveillance and he assures her, they are. They’re sitting quietly, with a blue light flashing on their necks.

“Oh, shit. Why didn’t you tell me this before?”

“Why, Hannah, what’s wrong?”

“They’re recharging, getting new orders. It’s a satellite uplink straight from the commander’s office. Take me there now.”

“Hannah, I….”

“Now, Deacon. I’m not kidding!” She rose, marching for the door.

He followed her, his long legs eating up the distance between them. Suddenly all business again, he said, “Follow me.”

“My man, Kazinski. We’ll need him.”

Deacon spoke into his communication set. “Deacon to Jasper. Find the man Kazinski. We need him. Hannah and I are on our way to the north gate. Meet us there.”

“Yes, sir.”

Jasper wasted no time explaining that Kaz wasn’t going to be happy being interrupted when he was in Betsy’s company. He knew Deacon wouldn’t care. They’d both been interrupted often enough when an emergency came up.

Deacon led Fiddlestix to a vehicle depot. Vaulting into a Jeep, he rammed it into gear and took off at top speed. He drove quickly to the north gate. Jasper, Kaz and Harmony pulled up only minutes behind them. To men in their position, uninterrupted sex was a luxury. Deacon dashed over to a small alcove off the main hallway. Inside there was a sophisticated surveillance set up. Striding to the screen, he zoomed in on the cyber soldiers. Something weird caught Fiddlestix’ eye as she watched the screen.

“It’s a loop,” she gasped. “They’ve circumvented your security system. They could be anywhere!” Knocking Deacon aside with her hip, she tapped some commands into the computer. The loop ended and they saw the hallway was empty.

“Damnation!” Deacon bellowed. “Find them.” He told his men. “Find them now.”

Jasper brought Kaz up moments later. Wasting no time, Fiddlestix held out her hand to him.


“I’ll find ’em for you, Master Sergeant.” He plugged into the console quickly.

Under Kaz’s magic touch, red blips appeared on his screen. The life signs of the cybered men appeared. Breathing slowly, trying to keep calm, Kaz held the scanner for her to see.

Fiddlestix went pale. Some of the men were coming down the branching hallways, not more than half a mile from their location.

Deacon blanched. “What now, Hannah-Belle?”

“Now we gear up and fight, Deacon.” Using hand signals, she directed her men to follow her.

Deacon removed the cyber damper from her arm and handed them weapons. He and his men armed themselves and followed. Fortunately, the Shine Clan used a system of signals close to their own. They were able to communicate without speaking. As they moved forward, Fiddlestix told Kaz to key in the fail safe codes for the warriors. He knew to initiate the codes when each soldier came in range. Fiddlestix hoped to take out Pete Livingston. He would be well guarded. The cyber teams took preservation of their handler very seriously.

Unwilling to let them come to her, Fiddlestix made her way down the corridor, seeking the nearest warrior. By the scanner, he looked to be in a side room. What the room was or why he was there, she didn’t know. Turning off her communicator, she indicated Deacon should do the same.

“What’s in that room?” She pointed to Kaz’ scanner.

Deacon sighed heavily. “It’s a computer sub station. From there they can tap into anything they want. Life support runs through there, power, water, blast doors. Everything.”

“Why was it left unguarded?”

“It wasn’t.” Deacon looked sad. “It was well protected.”

“We cry later,” she whispered, taking his hand firmly.

His eyes met hers with a grim determination. His mouth was set in a defiant line as he nodded. Together, they went quietly to the sub station room. Dead and dying littered the hall. Forcing himself not to look at them, Deacon led her to the doorway.

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Character Quotes from Deserted by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I’m terribly sorry to bother you, Mr. Beard, but that woman is here.”

The way she said that woman made him instantly aware of who she was referring to.

“Get Mr. Sebring again, immediately. Use my phone. Tell him Marv said get his ass here pronto. Use those exact words.”

She shut the door behind her, went to his desk and made the call. She said exactly what he told her to, hung up with a click and turned to him, a look of grim determination on her pretty, pixie like face.

“How shall I stall her, Mr. Beard?”

He grinned his relief. Here was a woman who understood him and wasn’t afraid to take charge. She had more grit than he’d thought this morning when he met her.

“What do you suggest?” He waited with a patient smile.

“I’ll tell her you’re on the phone with a very important person and can’t be disturbed at the moment. I’ll get her coffee laced with strychnine and make her sit on her bony ass until Mr. Sebring arrives.”

Marv suppressed a loud laugh, snorting instead, as he turned somewhat red in the face. “Leave out the strychnine and you’ve got the right idea. Tell me your name again. For some reason it escapes me.”

Her smirk was full of suppressed glee. “Shelly. If I’d been dealing with Lucretia Borgia, I’d forget me too. Okay, coffee, hold the poison. Got it.”

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Character Quotes from Lone Wolf by Dellani

LONE WOLF“Drew, I need to have you lock the miners down to travel. Start the prelims on cryo,” Marc ordered.

“How soon are we leaving?”

“As soon as we can get shipshape.”

Matisse saluted sharply. “We’ll be ready, sir.” Grinning, he turned to leave. “Wish me luck with a new miner. Tall, redhead, green eyes, great body….”

“Since when do you need just luck, Drew? You need a damn miracle!”

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Character Quotes from Fly by Night by Dellani

character-quotes-imageHalf an hour later, prescriptions in hand, she waited for the release papers. Elam came by a few times with other people in wheelchairs. She was signing her papers when he stopped once more.

“I’m on break.” He squatted by the chair, gazing up at her. His eyes were a vivid azure, like the waters of the Caribbean. “Sorry if I got you in trouble with your brother.”

“He’ll survive. It’s not the first time he’s gotten upset with me. Won’t be the last.”

“Family,” he said with a sigh. “My brothers and I communicate with Morse Code, by way of punches. So I get it.”

Blythe giggled. “Jason would never hit me. I imagine he’s wanted to once or twice.”

“Don’t lose my number.”

“I won’t. Aren’t you supposed to be on break?”

“I am. But I’m here to take you to the car. Your brother is pulling it around right now. He might hit me with it….”

“He might. But hey, you’re in the right place.”

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Character Quotes from Reaching for the Moon by Dellani

character-quotes-image“What color would you say that was?” Trent held up his thumb for Arthur to inspect.

The houseboy peered at it, wrinkling his nose. “Hmm… Is she blonde?”

“Yes, with a hint of strawberries and gold.”

Arthur nodded. “Sunny Citrus.”

“How do you know those things?”

Arthur shrugged. “It’s a gift. How do you manage to make a horrible mess just by walking in the door?”

“It’s a gift.” Trent dropped his mail on the dresser.

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Character Quotes from Love in Stitches by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Let Shaine talk to him.”

“I will, I promise. It just irks me.”

“I know, but if anyone can talk him down, Shaine can.”

Shaine was not only the director’s personal assistant, she was his live-in girlfriend. If she couldn’t convince him he was being an idiot, no one could.

“She’ll close up shop and starve him out,” Toby commented.

“Oh, she will not! She’ll just show him I’m right.”


“Convincing arguments.”

“Right. I think you’re attributing more to the male psyche than there actually is.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“It means, we’re pretty simplistic characters. If we have food and sex on a regular basis, we’re happy. Cut us off, we get unhappy. Starve us too and we become compliant.”

“You’re awful.”

“It’s proven in plays. Remember Lysistrata?”

“You’re insane.”

“Yes, you told me that already.”

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Character Quotes from Love Takes a Swim by Dellani

character-quotes-image“Kai, you’ve never really dealt with this. Your girlfriend aborted your child and came after you with a butcher knife. That isn’t something you can bury.”

“I’m dealing with it my own way, Brad. I appreciate your concern.”

“But you aren’t dealing with it, not really. You might like to think you’re over it, but what Brianna did to you, left its scars.”

Kai raised his shirt and shoved his shorts down a couple inches. A pale scar showed on his abdomen just below his navel.

“Much lower, she’d have Bobbetized me.”

“Not something to joke about.”

“I’m not joking. She nearly made me a eunuch! What do you want me to say? That I still freak out when I get around people with sharp objects? That it’s hard for me to make a permanent relationship with a woman because I’m afraid she’ll try to kill me?”

“Are those real fears or are you jerking the psychological chain for effect?”

“Jeez, Bradley. I honestly don’t know right now. I’ve met a girl I really like, that I could have something good with and she’s got more baggage than an airline. And dear God, she’s sexy as hell and doesn’t even know it! Her skin’s like silk and she tastes like vanilla….”

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Character Quotes from Emma Dangerous by Dellani

character-quotes-imageSam rubbed his face, hopping up to pace the room. “How worried do we need to be about this Hempe guy? Do you think he can break in and hurt us?”

Dr. Abernathy sighed. “You asked the one question I don’t feel comfortable answering.”

“Level with me, Doc. I’m worried about Emma.”

She stood, walking over to him, gazing up at him. “They haven’t found him yet. He’s very dangerous and he’s a genius. He’s manipulative and cagey. He knows what people want and what they will do anything to protect. He’ll lie, cheat, steal, beat and kill to get what he wants.”

“Is that what he did to Dr. Spiner? The lying, cheating and stealing didn’t work, so he beat him to death?” Sam’s face paled.

Dr. Abernathy took his hands in hers. “He’s gone, Sam. He can’t hurt you here.”

“Are you sure? He killed someone and broke out of a lock down facility. If he got out, what’s to keep him from getting back in?”

“The police—”

“No offense, but I don’t trust the police to know their feet from their ass crack. What am I up against? How bad is he?”

Dr. Abernathy’s face paled and she turned away. “He’s the Devil himself, Sam.”

“Then he’d better be careful around me,” he murmured, standing straighter. “Because I’m fucking Sir Galahad and I’ll beat the Devil down.”

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Character Quotes from Take On Me by Dellani

character-quotes-image“I keep thinking of Bride of Chucky,” Jones muttered. “And all those other creepy doll movies.” He shuddered again.

Chelle’s gaze lingered on him for a long moment. “I wouldn’t figure you as a scared of horror movies type.”

“No, not really. But I saw the first movie when I was young and impressionable.”

“You were what, five, when Child’s Play came out?”

“Yeah. I figured out the HBO code and watched it about two in the morning. Scared the bejeezus outta me. I wouldn’t go in the toy store for months afterward. My sister used to torment me by putting her dolls in my room and they’d be all around me when I woke up.”

“Older or younger?”

“Older. Freaking evil. She gave me all kinds of weird complexes.” He shuddered.

“I did the same thing with Cat’s Eye when I was four.”

He chuckled. “Watched my first porn at that age. Gotta love late night HBO.”

Chelle started giggling. “And haven’t stopped since?”

He tried to look offended, but couldn’t carry it off. “Now, Detective, is that polite office banter?”

“You started it.”

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Character Quotes from It Takes a Thief by Dellani

it-takes-a-thief-cover“Honey, you couldn’t have convicted that boy for crimes he didn’t commit. You aren’t built like that. Besides, you’re not looking at the bigger picture here.”

“What’s the bigger picture, Kyle?”

“If this kid comes through, you’ll have been responsible for taking down an international thief and murderer.”

“How can we be certain she really exists?”

“Something put a smile on that lad’s face, and it sure wasn’t self-induced. She’s real, all right. And we’re going to nail her.”

“I hope he doesn’t get in over his head. He’s just a kid.”

“That kid has survived for ten years as a criminal. The first five he lived on his wits alone, surviving the streets. He’s taught himself seven different languages, honed his accent to sound like a gentleman and has more silk shirts than Jay Gatsby.”

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