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Taunting Krell (Cyborg Seduction #7)(8)
Author: Laurann Dohner


The one on the floor bent forward, grabbed his helmet and turned his head to glare at her. He took a breath, his entire silvery-toned face contorted in disgust, and he coughed.

“She broke my helmet. The smell is unbearable.” He staggered to his feet, put his arm up over the lower part of his face, and blue eyes glared at her with fury. “I should rip your mask off.”

Cyan sank to her knees, the fight gone out of her, and just stared at the tall man glaring at her. Tears blinded her that she didn’t bother to try to hold back. They slid down her cheeks freely.

She watched the cyborg’s anger fade and confusion enter his gaze while he studied her. She sat on her legs, immobile, unable to look away from him.

“I think she’s so terrified her mind has shut down,” Sky softly rasped. “We don’t kill women. Calm.”

She turned her gaze to his face mask. “You survived. You’re still alive.”

Ice dropped his arm, breathed through his mouth and slowly approached. Cyan shifted her attention back to him. She didn’t resist when he bent down, gripped her arm and pulled her to her feet.

“Resist again and I will fight back. I won’t kill you but you will be hurt. We’ve held back so far but no more. You are obviously a soldier and not a harmless female.”

“I’d never fight one of you.” She sniffed. “You survived. You made it.”

The cyborg had a totally baffled look on his face. “She is in shock. I need to get out of here. I can’t take the smell.”

“We’ll take her home to interrogate her,” the guy she’d kicked in the groin announced.

“Yes, we will, Onyx.” Ice gripped her hard enough to bruise her arm but she barely registered that or where they took her.

“You survived.” She said it to them as much as to herself.

“She’s definitely in shock and has suffered mental trauma,” one of the cyborgs sighed. “Are we so terrifying to humans that this is their reaction?”

Ice shrugged. “I assume so. At least she is being meek.”

Cyborgs had somehow managed to survive in space. They weren’t extinct as all the reports she’d read had stated. Cyan made a decision not to defend herself regardless of what they did to her. She refused to ever kill one of them.

 

 

Chapter Two

 

Onyx sat across from Cyan. Only two chairs had been placed inside the sterile room and one wall of glass showed her how shitty she looked. Her waist-length black hair hung in a mess around her body and her eyes were still a bit red from crying. She’d done more of that in the past seventeen hours than she had done in over a decade.

The cyborgs she’d surrendered to had flown her to the planet they’d settled on, and they’d taken her to some sort of holding area for prisoners. They’d built a real home, a city, and the glimpses she’d caught when they’d entered were impressive.

“What were you doing on Belta Station?” Onyx leaned closer to study her face carefully.

“Earth Government received their distress signal. They identified some escaped defense droids.” She leaned back against her chair, crossed her ankles and rubbed her pants just for something to do. “They are called Markus Models. They believe they are sentient but they aren’t. They have no compassion, no sense of right from wrong, and wouldn’t hesitate to kill any living thing they come across.”

“I wouldn’t trust Earth Government’s judgment on what is sentient or not.”

Cyan watched him for a few long seconds. “Then trust me. They are ice cold inside. I met a few of them before I shipped out to track the escaped ones. Total metal heads. They appear human, thanks to biological body shells, but inside they are machines without souls. I wanted to see what I’d be dealing with when I was ordered to go on this mission. They scared the crap out of me.”

“That’s what Earth said about us.”

“Cyborgs are the exception to the rule. They gave you basically human bodies for the most part, just genetically enhanced, and added cybernetics. These things are machines inside with fleshy exteriors.”

Surprise widened his eyes. “You sound as if you’re familiar with us.”

“You could say that.”

“Were you looking for us?”

“No.” She shook her head. “I believed none of you had survived.”

His dark gaze seemed to turn cold. “That’s a lie.”

“No. I’m not lying. I won’t bullshit you.”

He didn’t appear convinced. “One of our kind recently escaped Earth. You want to pretend not to know this information?”

Shock reverberated through her. “No one told me that.” She sat up a little straighter. “They kept one of you prisoner for all these years?”

He refused to answer.

Anger rose inside Cyan. “My father swore none of you remained on Earth. He lied to me? Is that what you’re saying? I’d kick his ass if he wasn’t already dead.” She fumed.

“You wanted to kill us yourself?”

“No! I would have blown my cover and gotten them out.”

“Your cover?”

She hesitated. “I can’t talk about that.”

“You will answer me.”

“Some things aren’t up for discussion. Is there anything else you want to know?”

He sighed. “I didn’t want to do this but the interrogator will be called in if you don’t cooperate.”

“Scary shit, huh? Torture?” She winced. “I hate that.” She glanced at her nails. “I just let them grow out too.” Her gaze lifted to his. “Look, I stated I won’t lie but I can’t tell you some things about me. It’s not that I don’t want to but I just can’t.” She paused. “I’ve been conditioned.”

“I don’t understand.”

“I spent three years having my head screwed with. Think of it as being brainwashed until I can’t talk about what has been done to me without major migraines. I’m talking about ice-pick-to-the-head kind of pain. That’s one thing that stuck. It makes me mad they did that but they wanted to make sure I could protect who I am. My father thought it was for the best. He had this God complex, always believed whatever he did was the right thing and I know in his heart he thought it was the only way to keep me breathing.”

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