Mike, the uncle of Shay and her siblings, was an important human on Jaded. His future mate, Bekka, who was a Majuri healer, was second only to Talai the head healer among the medical crew. They had dated a while, but neither were in a hurry to mate. Mike had been married before and loved his wife dearly. Maybe that was why he was in no particular hurry.
Bekka sensed his reluctance to finish their bond so she didn't push him. Sometimes she had doubts, but they had become the best of friends and the attraction was there, but they hadn't had sex. Was it enough?
Radvar decided to push them and regardless of the dangers, he sent them to get the prison planet set up and organized. Would it push them together or pull them apart? Only time would tell.