Excerpt: Two shillings, Romero discovered, went a lot further than he had be expected as he escorted Oracle around Riverwatch’s sights. He also discovered that Oracle was very pleasant to be with under these circumstances. Her white hair set off her steely gray-blue eyes and brought out the smattering of nutmeg freckles across her nose and cheekbones, and while she did not smile often her smiles lifted his spirits. He had always liked her, long before she was Oracle, but wandering the streets of a real town with her on his arm after two months of trials, uncertainty, violence, and the pressures of being a Crew Boss brought her into focus in a way that he could not explain. He was seeing past the girl of his past and the quirky role she had made for herself in the Ark to the woman she had become, and that that woman was intelligent, strong, and fascinating in her own right. /End Romance is very, very far outside my realm, but it is unavoidable in this project. Is this too cheesy, or will it work? I intend most of the romance to occur 'off camera' as is my custom, but I have to make some note of its progress.