A Dragon Lords of Valdier and Sarafin Warrior Crossover
By S. E. Smith
From Pets in Space 2
An old dragon warrior unexpectedly finds love with a human mate who is as creative and clever as she is dangerous – a perfect combination when poachers attack.
Asim Kemark has lived a long, lonely life. It is only his pledge to his former king and to Mandra Reykill that keeps him, his dragon, and his symbiot from going crazy. He has given up on ever finding his true mate and devotes himself to caring for the wide assortment of creatures on Mandra and Ariel’s mountain retreat. The last thing he expects when he visits the palace is to lose control of his dragon and his symbiot when they sense their true mate. Before he knows it, he has kidnapped her!
Pearl St. Claire is enjoying a new adventure — learning to live on an alien planet. As a mature woman in her sixties, she thought she had experienced just about everything life could throw at her — only to discover she really hasn’t experienced anything yet! She is both amused and exasperated when one of the dragon-shifting aliens kidnaps her, believing she is his true mate.
Life is no longer boring or lonely as Asim courts the spirited human woman who has enchanted him, but he isn’t the only one who has noticed Pearl or the unusual animals under his care. When poachers attack, determined to steal the exotic creatures under his protection — including Pearl and a new clutch of alien eggs from Earth — he will do everything he can to protect them. Can one dragon keep the most precious creatures under his care safe, or will he lose the biggest battle of his life?
Originally published in the Pets in Space 2 Anthology.