Here's the story scoop: Laina is one of the last surviving humans after earth was destroyed when the humans tried to kill the cyborgs they'd created when the cyborgs rebelled and escaped. Now the Cyborgs, with permission of the Galactic High Council have free rein to pursue the last remnants of the human race and do with them as they see fit. Rorik, a cyborg lieutenant stumbles upon Laina hiding in a ship and he captures her, thinking to get information about the whereabouts of other humans. But when the cyborg doctor on Rorik's ship runs tests on Laina, a genetic anomaly in her hand raises questions and he suddenly wonders if Laina might hold the key to the survival of the cyborg race. Can he learn to trust and love his sworn enemy if it means he might save his people?
Last week we left off with Rorik having knocked Laina out with his phaser and he's brought her on board the cyborg ship the Orion and taken her to the sick bay. Rorik and Valerius want her to take off her clothes. She's resisting, even when Rorik threatens her.
“So you’ll just bully me?” Where her bravery came from to say that, she didn’t know. Her entire life she’d been taught to hide, evade, beg if necessary for survival. Something about this cyborg just rubbed her the wrong way and she was tired of cowering.
The cyborg doctor gave a polite intervening cough, even though his eyes were sharp and narrow on his fellow shipmate.
“Rorik, it’s obvious she’s uncomfortable. You know my views with regard to the treatment of females,” Valerius warned. All kindness and gentleness was gone in an instant and his face was as stony and determined as Rorik’s.