After spending 1500 years, taking turns in hibernation on their spaceship, SUPPOSE WE, the four humans crashland on Kepler-20h. Sadly, the natives are so far ahead of Earth in technology and evolution, they ignore the humans, who need help. This excerpt is in a strange forested region.
“Em, are you having trouble with your hammock?”
He could see her white teeth in a smile as she came closer, followed by a scent of lemon. “I am, it doesn’t have you in it.”
He frowned. “You wish us to swap?”
“No, you clot. Move over.”
Gaston felt more than saw the side of the hammock dipping precariously as if it were a boat bent on capsizing. “Excuse moi? Ah, I see. I didn’t realise you…me…mais, what about the others?”
“My dear Frenchman, Penn and Delta have been rocking in the bushes for days.”
Mixed emotions washed over him. Pleasure that the woman he wanted to be with had at last desired him, but worries such as the hammock, meant for one.
“Is this bed sufficient to take us both, mon amour?”
She didn’t need to answer because he now could hear low moans from another hammock. Also, Em was already in with him and wearing nothing but a T-shirt. A fashion trend he was happy to follow.
“Be gentle with me, Em, this is the first time for over a thousand years.”
He allowed hormones and instinct to take over, although he’d still like to know which plant or process she’d used to emit a fragrance of lemons. Cavorting in a hammock at half gravity became an interesting dance, especially when two people’s limbs cavorted in syncopated delight. When post-coital dopamine flooded his brain an inchoate thought started to form wondering if on this planet, reproduction didn’t need such biochemical rewards.
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