“Honey, I’m home!” called Fred, letting himself into the house through the kitchen door.
,” his wife called back, in Thermian, and Fred grinned.
He knew that Laliari only spoke Thermian when she was in her natural form, usually while she was in her workshop at the back of the house.
Sure enough, when he opened the door, he found her with a disassembled machine spread out on her workbench, her lovely slender tentacles picking up pieces and fitting them back together.
“Hi, there,” he said, in English. Human vocal chords weren’t meant for speaking Thermian – Fred could manage ‘I love you’, but that was only after months of practice.
Laliari blinked her large, dark eyes at him, then smiled and reached one tentacle toward her. Fred went eagerly, pulling her in for a long kiss.
“How did rehearsal go?” she asked, when they broke for air.
“Good,” he said. “Good. But I’ll be glad when Tech Sergeant Chen’s beloved wife can come back from visiting her family.”
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