Sebastian and Parakeet loved each other, and pledged to take vows. They found themselves enamored of Priscilla, the lieutenant from Earth.
They went to the hospital where she awaited surgery, to see her and declare their desire to court her. They took flowers and a box of chocolates.
Sebastian’s sister, Jade, was there, and cautioned, “See her but hold off on courting until after surgery. Give her time to recuperate and get used to the idea. She’ll probably accept you, Sebastian, but she’ll have doubts about Parakeet.”
Knowing this was true, Sebastian and his big, silvery, dual-sexed pledgemate agreed.