“After that, we can hunt that thing down, catch it, cook it and eat it," he said, half-joking.
“I don’t ever want to see it again,” she said. “I just want to leave.”
“I understand,” Daniel said, regretting his attempt at levity. “It’s just that … we can’t go yet. Gotta find Rachel and Trak.”
“Of course,” she said, and looked momentarily sad.
Is she remembering crewmates? Daniel thought. Family? Friends? Another lover maybe?
Jealousy crossed Daniel’s mind, but the emotion disappeared when she stepped closer.
“Daniel, I have no words. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you,” she said, wrapping her arms around him.
She looked down and then into his eyes.
And she kissed him.
Even the piercing shrieks of a rather irritating, incapacitated monster in the distance couldn’t ruin that for Daniel.