This should be Captain Abram Adoyo’s finest hour, as he brokers a treaty with the gentle Khuzoid people of Iarus V. But while the Khuzoid are a peaceful species, they demand that Abe perform an important rite for them as part of their negotiating process. The captain never expected his first officer, Mattys Kriel, to be involved in such an intimate act — but he will do anything to complete their mission. No matter how hard it gets.
This spicy MLM story is ~6600 words long and previously featured in the anthology Binary Stars. It has been extended with a longer, steamy final scene in this edition.