The second Blue Flame novel –
There is a wiki database to reference names, although you can certainly ask me questions as well.The Other Side of Life
Chapter Five: Part Two
I woke up to find my wife beside me. That was only unusual because it was normally the other way around. I really did not want to wake her, but I did enjoy her body. She claimed that her skin was abrasive. It did not feel that way at all to me. It was scaly with a multitude of tiny bumps like those on some lizards, but not at all like that of a shark. I did assume that it could get irritating if it dried out, but Vefillaya put enough lotion on it that my hand would almost glide across the surface. Her private area was interesting, in that a number of scales grew out over a furry area of skin. She had to open up to give access, but like her skin the plates were not harmful. The females of her race did get raped. I saw the scales move as my wife ran her hands down my back.
“If you want me, I am yours.”
“You are mine whether I want you or not, and I was doing with you what I wanted. I like your body.” I moved to kiss her as I said, “I love you. I love your body. I do not have to just have sex with you, although expect it to happen.”
“I want it to happen.”
I played with her some more. By the time I actually joined with her I had her quivering. I really was not one for mind games, but I did not want sex to be a simple act done when alone together. The only problem with such tactics was that generally by the time I entered I would be as eager as her, so the experience was not that grand. I however found myself able to stay on the proper train of thought, so by the time it was over we were both satisfied.
We spoke mostly about the coming visit to my mother. The social with the ladies had resolved a number of considerations about events during the gathering of the leaders of the Pranashall Consortium. With them also agreeing to costume balls, Vefillaya had designed some costumes for the two of us. With me a member of the staff, I had to stay recognizable. She thus felt that the simple alterations to my normal clothes would fit the requirements of Halloween as well as keep us easily able to socialize with my parent.
At the end, I found myself faced with the usual female question. “Will she like me?”
“She will love you. Yes, there are some things that she won’t like, but they are just as much my problem as yours.” I saw my wife glare at me, so I held out my hand and counted on my fingers. “You cannot get pregnant. You cannot produce any grandchildren. You cannot become a mother. Let me see, you cannot produce any grandchildren, and, ah, you cannot produce any grandchildren.” I smiled at having listed the five things.
There were a number of responses. I thus kept the grin on my face while waiting for what Vefillaya would say. She moved to refill her cup of tea before saying anything.
“As you said, that is as much your problem as mine.”
That was the proper response, so I calmly replied, “I did not tell my mother about the Flame. She thus is probably going to be hit rather strong with all the information. I have been in contact with her, and have tried to drop some facts, so hopefully no extreme scene will occur.” Seeing my wife calmly sit back down, I continued to try and keep her feeling at ease. “Your family knew about me. Your brother knew to send you to me. Your brother then came with his family after you gained the position of my wife. Your uncle, who was supposed to have access to all those charms that you so willingly give to me, also sent gifts. My mother has been completely left in the dark, so any trouble from her will be mostly simply due to her having to deal with the information. Give her time, Vefillaya, and you will find that she will love you.”
“Does she know about Calliope?”
Not the question that I expected, but it was not one that removed the smile from my face. “No, she does not know about Calliope.”
“I would have had the same problems with Calliope that I have with you. Truthfully, you are a lot safer bringing to my mother than Calliope.”
“Oh, yeah.” She went silent for a moment, then calmly said, “I don’t think my brother would have sent me if you were the personification of Death.”
Now she smiled. “Really.”
I was glad for the expression. While it was comforting to see, I wanted Vefillaya to understand that I enjoyed simply sitting and speaking to her. She was not a sexual toy, but someone that I wanted to share my life with. I thus replied in a manner I hoped would keep her talking and showing me expressions of how her mind treated certain statements.
“There would be no difference. I would still be among the immortals. We could still not have kids.”
The smile left, but I could tell that her inner personality had calmed down. “I am worried about the meeting, Greg. I agree that it needs to occur. I am thus willing to do what is necessary. I am still worried however.”
“Well, let me say that I often see you worrying about things I would not even consider a concern. I however have come to accept that your perception is much clearer than mine at times. You should thus trust that I will do everything I can to resolve any problems that you present to me. As for the journey itself, it would be best for both of us if it happens than if something occurs that makes us postpone it.”
“You are right. That is the difference between Calliope and me. She can dream about a future of having children, but her childhood innocence is long in the past. I cannot have children, but I still clearly have my dreams of being a wife and a mother. I also remember my mother. She was very much a part of my brother’s dating life. I thus accept that your mother would want to meet me.”
Those words brought me relief, so I kept my smile as I decided how I was going to use my time. “Good. Now, unless you have something else, I am going to check on things about the ship.”
“Oh, I saw the camera and processed the pictures. I almost did not recognize Calliope. A couple did show her as having some of the poise that I associate with her, but most of them had her appearing as a young girl.”
“Yes, and I believe those are the pictures she wants to use. Three and Seven are the ones she wants. She asked for two of each.”
“Could I print out one?”
I had similar thoughts, but decided to play another mind game with my wife. “You have spent time with her. Do you believe that she would refuse the request?”
“Good. Have one made for my desk in my office as well.”
I saw her smile as she nodded, so felt that I had handled things properly. Hoping that could continue to work my charm on others, I kissed Vefillaya then left to move about the ship. I was the prime official on board, so felt that there were a number of things that I needed to handle than just my wife.
Nobody bothered me as I moved through the corridors. Truthfully, though, the apartment that I was going to was not that far off. Unless somebody was just waiting outside my door, and it did happen at times, they could not have caught me.
The lady that opened the door looked a lot like the one that I had come to meet. I almost suspected that if she undressed I would almost not be able to see any difference between her and her husband. With her clothes on however, I easily identified her. She had no problem recognizing me.
“Greg, come in. I will get Hubrinostry for you.”
“Well, Cliddestra, I am here because I saw you with the other ladies discussing things for the coming gathering. All that I planned to discuss with your husband was whether any of your plans had bothered him. You could however probably tell me yourself.”
A voice sounded from a distance behind the lady. “Yes, Greg, she could, but her resolutions would probably bother me as well. Come on in, and we can hopefully gain a satisfactory meeting of the minds.”
I did enter the apartment. It was the same basic layout as mine, but much more elaborately decorated. The couple were larger than me, but they had left themselves little room to move about. Vefillaya and I could dance in our living room easily. I watched my every step as I moved behind the lady.
Ambassador Hubrinostry asked, “How much of the plans did your wife tell you, Greg?”
“None, not that I asked. I had other things to discuss with her.”
Cliddestra said, “Your wife told us that you had been working hard lately.”
“Yes, on a number of things. I have something else that I am supposed to do right now for Calliope. I can do that on my next trip as the Flame. Since I have time here, I felt that I needed to handle some matters about the ship. You were on the top of the agenda.”
Hubrinostry replied, ‘That is good, as the Pranashall Consortium is an important part of the Suderling Union. While these meetings usually do not amount to much, we cannot afford to let them break down.”
Cliddestra asked, “How much do you tell your wife, Greg?”
I nodded to my fellow ambassador even as I spoke to his wife. “Nothing, everything. The problem with my situation is that I don’t know what is understandable. I don’t refuse to tell Vefillaya anything, and probably speak things around her that she does not need to hear, but she is my wife.”
“She is very guarded about any information concerning you.”
“Well, if I am uncertain, she is probably more so. What you will not hear from me is anything bad about her.”
Hubrinostry interjected, “And that is good. I know the demands this job places on me, and it has caused some conflict between me and Cliddestra.”
“Well, our problems are not anything like that. They are, but our relationship is not like one you and your wife probably had. Vefillaya became my wife from a plan by the emperor to keep me in the Suderling Union. We did not date. There was no period of us courting each other. She came into my life with a certain understanding. Our problem, my problem, is actually attempting to get Vefillaya to realize that she can be my wife. Keeping me happy can be a more complex set of actions than it presently is.”
“Ah,” Clidedestra said, “she just wants to have sex with you.”
I was trying to not make that so apparent, but I went ahead and admitted defeat. “Yes.”
“She is young. You are young. Enjoy it.”
“Oh, I am, but it was annoying to come home, have sex, sleep, rush out as the Flame, then come back to repeat. I don’t want sex, or any part of our life to get monotonous.”
The lady showed that she was quite comfortable with the topic as she said, “Well, there are a number of positions.”
“When I come home mentally drained from my duties, it is hard to keep myself erect, much less the contortions of some positions.”
She turned to her husband to say, “There is no problem, Hubrinostry. They are learning of each other. It will take time, but I sense no problem.”
He looked to me as he said, “I trust my wife. The same goes with her designs for the coming celebration. They will, of course, be sent for your approval.”
I nodded and smiled as I replied, “And I will sign them if my wife tells me to.”