For those who’ve been following the story bits I’ve been posting randomly, I’m not really sure where to go from here. Galis has pledged to help his love Yeulla overcome her powerful instinctual need to devour sentient, intelligent beings.
Now, they’ve just returned from the hospital where Galis was treated for injuries inflicted while fighting a bounty who wore a military-surplus suit of powered armor. Now, this is a logical place for the two to become lovers. *edit*(After later reading this preceding bit, I realized how utterly ludicrous this must sound. Oh well! :KD )*edit* But that’s a bit predictable. Maybe I should throw in an attack? Or a threat from without that spoils the mood? Or maybe Galis is reluctant, still unsure about Yeulla’s self-control when his nude muscly body is right there for the tasting? Hmm.
And then, what to do with it ultimately? I figure…one of the bounties Yeulla contracted Galis to bring in is at least a magnitude smarter than the rest, and in fact, banded together the other bounties to the end of eliminating their pursuer and his employer. Perhaps Galis and Yeulla discover that this particularly smart fellow leading the rest would enable her to reach a sort of critical mass of intelligence…and her need to devour others would be nigh-eliminated. (Perhaps he’s a genius, or merely a highly intelligent alien, or even a psi-user.) Obviously Galis would allow her to devour one more person, to stop future decades of feeding. But the united crooks offer a far tougher target than the single bounties he’s been hunting up to now.
Perhaps I should bring in another hunter contracted to assist Galis. An attractive female. Maybe even a furry… It’d be a good place to insert one. She would become an issue between Galis and Yeulla…tempting Galis into cheating on his new snakey mate. (I’m thinking either a ferret, or a mongoose ‘morph. Quick, sleek, sassy.) And of course a mongoose would have rather amusing connotations in this story.
I have to put myself in the shoes of these characters to write them correctly. Galis is a tough guy…has been for years, been *forced* to be tough. Now for the first time in a long time he’s needing to soften again, and offer support, despite his moral conflicts over his new mate’s behavior.
Yeulla on the other hand has reached the end of her rope. She hates herself for enjoying her meals, hates herself for not being able to think up a solution, and fears that she may subconsciously be failing on purpose so she can keep gulping down her delightful squirming prey. She wants to lean on Galis, but is afraid to at the same time, never having committed to *anyone* since becoming sentient.
Both their actions should reflect their thoughts and motives at all times. Yeulla is good at hiding her thoughts and feelings though, while Galis simply can’t. He willed himself to simply *not* feel anything or think too hard about anything for so long that once the wall came down, he can’t build it up again.