Classified File of Ramie Ashdyn
Name: Ramie Ashdyn
Current Rank: Lieutenant
Home World: Glory
Eye Color: Green
Hair: Dark Brown
Notes: CAUTION- ANOMALY
Evaluator’s Notes :
Ramie Ashdyn, AKA “Ash,” came to the Coalition’s attention when she entered a humanitarian clinic in the city of Delan, Glory. She had multiple knife wounds and a fracture of her left radius. In processing her blood work, it was noted that her DNA contains the anomaly sequence. She seemed unaware of the condition at the time, but she accepted the results. She understands that this means she’s at an increased risk for psychosis and she has agreed to undergo routine evaluations in the future if she’s allowed to join the Coalition’s Fighting Corps.
Per Senate Bill 703.2, anomalies must pass additional assessments prior to any enlistment. Ashdyn’s injuries healed quickly, a benefit of being an anomaly, and she returned to the clinic within a month of her discharge. She excelled at every physical test given. She is also extremely intelligent even though there is no record of school attendance.
During testing, Ashdyn did show some signs of psychological stress, but we believe this is due to the altercation that first brought her to the clinic. She refuses to answer questions about the altercation, but the possibility exists that she may have drawn the attention of one or more of Glory’s violent crime bosses. This theory is further supported by the fact that Ashdyn appears to have issues relying on others and/or asking for assistance. She may or may not work well with a team.
Ashdyn seemed eager to depart Glory. She claims no loyalty to the planet and, instead, she professes a desire to carry out the mission of the Coalition to bring dignity and peace to all people in the Known Universe.
Ashdyn is an independent and capable woman. Her physical capability as well as her abilities to learn, to adapt, and to execute decisions are desirable qualities for members of the Fighting Corps. However, we cannot approve her entry into the general Corps due to the possibility of a mental fracture. (Ashdyn might be a good candidate for the Caruth program.)
Shades of Treason
By Sandy Williams
Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.
Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.
Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetic makeup makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.
The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier… and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.
Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.
Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect…
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“Please.” Ash’s voice was so raw, so striated with emotional pain, that Rykus wasn’t sure if the jolt he felt through his heart was her will breaking or his.
She had never uttered that word in his presence before. He was almost certain she’d never used it in her life. It wasn’t part of her vocabulary. It would have been seen as a weakness on her home planet, just as it would have been a weakness on Caruth.
But the word was a submission, complete and irrevocable. All her walls were down. She was pleading for his help.
She was pleading for his help, and he was hurting her.
He released the pressure on her arm.
A moment passed. Then another. Then Ash’s green eyes opened.
She stared at him.
He stared at her.
It felt as if he’d been sucked into another dimension, one where the loyalty training had flipped the axis of the universe. Instead of her being bound by his wishes, it was the other way around. She held his free will in her hands. He could feel it missing in the center of his chest. His heart beat within the hollow space, lost, unable to orient itself, but one command, one word from her, could make everything right again.
Her lips parted. No sound came out, though he waited for it, waited for some command he could carry out for her.
Is this what it felt like to be a loyalty trained anomaly? He wasn’t in control. He wasn’t thinking reasonably. If he had been, he wouldn’t have been this aware of how her body fitted with his. He wouldn’t have been able to picture himself lowering his mouth to hers. He could almost taste her. He wanted to taste that beauty mark to the right of her lips.
He allowed himself one weakness. He drew his thumb over the small, dark spot. It was real. As real as the woman lying beneath him. He’d seen Ash naked once before. He’d tried not to focus on her body back then, but he wanted to focus on it now. He wanted to take his time surveying every inch of it.
And he wanted her beneath him, vulnerable to his touch, his presence. Ash was always in control of herself. He wanted to see her shatter…
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