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Game of the Neví - Chapter 13 - A'mara Books
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## 13
(Fenjaday, cont.)
### Freebooter Apartments – Games Room
.
Egan sat in a comfortable chair in the games room. Marline sat on the arm of the chair, chewing on some jerky, her legs draped across Egan’s. She didn’t like how lost in thought he was. It wasn’t a good sign for her, it meant that he was thinking too much about Ada.
	
She understood that Ada represented a possible security liability for the organization if she knew half as much as Marline did, but she also knew that one of the reasons she was more attractive to him than Ada was precisely because she was in the Neví with him.
	
Marline felt his tension rise and even turn to amusement when Joneel arrived. She wondered if the newcomer would chose to provoke and insult Egan again, or whether he’d learned his lesson. Somehow, she doubted he’d learned. She doubted he was capable of learning that one. She wondered what kind of bad end he would find one day.
	
“Ready to play!” Joneel announced. 
	
“You have more money to lose?” Egan responded instantly. 
	
“I will win tonight,” Joneel replied arrogantly. 
	
Ninn laughed as he swaggered in. “So, what’s in the ante?”
	
“My PCS link,” Joneel replied. “I don’t need it much anyway.”
	
“Then it’s not worth anything,” Ninn said.
	
“You’re going to have to do better than that,” Egan said. “I’m not interested in playing you – I already know I’m better.”
	
“My wife,” Joneel finally said.
	
“What about her?” Ninn asked.
	
“She’s my ante. Provided you gamble on your woman.”
	
“You can’t do that!” Marline replied instantly.
	
“I accept,” Egan said.
	
“Egan!” Marline scolded. “You can’t just gamble me away like that – I won’t have it!”
	
“I won’t gamble you away – just the privilege to have you in bed tonight. Or the chance for me to have his wife for a night. If I win, you get a night off to do what you want. If I lose, you get a bit of variety,” Egan smoothed.
	
“How is that yours to gamble?” she asked.
	
“Actually, I think it’s a good wager,” Xanthine added as she came in. “A little variety is meant to be good. Don’t be such a spoilsport, Marline.”
	
Egan put his hand under her clothes onto her abdomen. “One of us could father your child tonight,” he murmured. His hand stayed still,  but she could feel the pressure intruding into her body. First on one side, then the other. “Of course, if I’m with his wife tonight, I’ll make sure she conceives too.”
	
“You are so naughty,” Marline said quietly, feeling strangely aroused by the talks of baby making.
	
“You wanted to be pregnant,” Egan reminded her. “You wanted to have a Neví baby. Now is your chance!”
	
“That was meant to be with you!” she said quietly.
	
“We’ve not been together long enough for me to think you’re really that fussy. Tonight, you will conceive your baby, the only question is which one of us will father it.”
	
Marline growled.
	
“With such high stakes tonight, it can’t just be one round,” Xanthine said, sitting near them.
	
“Agreed,” Ninn said, setting up the table for play. “They play for an hour.”
	
“Two hours,” Xanthine said. “Even then, there should be a really good margin between them, otherwise, we might have to impose extra rules.”
	
“Agreed,” Joneel said.
	
“Agreed,” Egan echoed.
	
Xanthine and Ninn looked at Marline. She realized suddenly that she was being asked for her consent.
	
“Oh, all right!” she finally said. “I agree. I’m counting on you to win, Egan!”
	
Egan’s grin did little to reassure her.

♥

### Joton Shaze Academy
.
Frey took Se-orna’s hand as soon as he’d put away his training shaze.
	
“Come here,” he said, still in the sparring room.
	
Se-orna stepped into his embrace and looked up to meet the hungry lips which met hers.
	
“Get out of here!” Mathis’ voice could be heard a moment later followed by Jessten’s giggles.
	
Se-orna grinned as Frey pulled away from her slightly. “Sorry, Mathis.”
	
Mathis pretended to scowl, but Se-orna wasn’t fooled. “Let’s go then,” she suggested.
	
“Last night, it was Çtaráni food. Tonight… how about Tephsan food?” Frey suggested, as they left the building.
	
“Sounds good. Then, we can go and watch some movies in the Complex lounge. I already have it reserved for us.”
	
“Private?” he asked hopefully.
	
Se-orna giggled. “Not quite, but it’s not as public as the holocinema, and we can choose what we want to watch. Cheap too.”
	
“I accept your date, Miss Jotoln,” he replied, pausing and bringing her hand to his lips.
	
“You know, we could even do a takeaway and just eat in the lounge too.”
	
“I get the feeling you’re tired.”
	
“A little. I was entertaining a five-year-old today. They are energy-intensive. Then, of course, shaze training.”
	
“Okay, we’ll get some Tephsan fast food then. Be thinking of what you want to watch.”
	
Before long, Frey was holding their bag of food and they were heading back to the Complex. “Are you ready to see the inside of our Complex?” Se-orna asked.
	
“Of course. They helped bring me a beautiful woman to love, so the others here must be wonderful as well,” Frey replied.
	
She grinned and felt her cheeks trying to redden. She felt a drop of rain on her head.
	
“There you go again. Se-orna, you’re beautiful, so beautiful!” he said, seemingly mesmerized as he looked into her eyes and kissed her again.
	
“I think your eyes must be playing tricks on you,” she replied. “But let them continue so that you would always think me beautiful!”
	
“Se-orna!” he whispered as the raindrops started to fall insistently. “Even your name is beautiful! But I think we best get inside.”
	
Se-orna could barely nod. Even with the tempting smell of the fast food, the smell of Frey was even more tempting.

♥

“Do you want to go watch a movie?” Jessten asked Ada.
	
“That sounds good. Maybe something suitable for Hira?”
	
“We have loads.”
	
They went down to the lounge to see Se-orna’s name on the reservation. “Maybe she’ll choose something suitable – otherwise, there is another.”
	
<Come in,> Se-orna called mentally.
	
“She’s invited us,” Jessten informed, leading the way. She smiled at her roommate, curled up next to Frey on the two-seater. They had trays in front of them with a variety of fast food offerings scattered about.
	
“What do you have?” Hira asked.
	
“Hira!” Ada scolded, embarrassed.
	
“She’s just a child,” Se-orna replied, handing the child a small piece. “She needs to try things from other countries. This one is Tephsan butterfish strips. They do their seasoning a little different than most places. I quite like it. What do you think, Hira?”
	
“I like it,” she said with the first nibble. Then she took another. “Don’t like it.”
	
Jessten laughed. “Just like a child! Apparently, I did that to my parents – it infuriated them!”
	
She sat on a couch with Ada, Hira between them as a holoflick started that was perfect for the child.
	
The movie ended and Jessten noticed that Se-orna was asleep in Frey’s arms. She caught his eye and smiled knowingly before she left the lounge, hitting the light as she passed.


♥♥♥

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## Other Chapters of this set
**Birth of the Neví** - [Chapter 1 on Whaleshares](https://whaleshares.io/@viking-ventures/birth-of-the-nevi-chapter-1-a-mara-books)

**Name of the Neví** - [Chapter 1](https://steemit.com/writing/@viking-ventures/name-of-the-nevi-chapter-1-a-mara-books)

**Mind of the Neví** - [Chapter 1](https://steempeak.com/writing/@viking-ventures/mind-of-the-nevi-chapter-1-a-mara-books)

**Game of the Neví** - [Chapter 1](https://steempeak.com/writing/@viking-ventures/game-of-the-nevi-chapter-1-a-mara-books)

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* [Kri'enden & Joton](https://steemit.com/fiction/@viking-ventures/acting-the-part-collection-of-maps-kri-enden-and-yezi-im-a-mara-books) - 830 TCE (New/imprived map coming soon)
* [Character Guide and Image Credits](https://steemit.com/writing/@viking-ventures/game-of-the-nevi-character-guide-a-mara-books)
* [Calendar and Glossary](https://steemit.com/writing/@viking-ventures/name-of-the-nevi-character-guide-calendar-glossary-and-credits-a-mara-books) - for **Name of the Neví** but these two parts are true throughout.

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