Sash is loooking for a YA novella she read years ago. This one sounds very tough… which means someone will identify it within .04 seconds, obviously.
I've posted this a few places on the internet, but no luck, so I'm hoping all you classy ladies can solve my dilemma! This was part of an anthology that I found in the YA section of the public library in the late 90s, although it looked pretty dated then too.
The short story is about a nurse and a soldier. IN SPACE!!!
He is an intergalactic warrior who is “healed”/regenerated with some form of technology after each battle, and she is his nurse. She patches him up after he is injured, noticing how good looking he is while comatose. Then, she is shipped off aboard a smaller ship (where they sleep in hammocks?) to her next job.
He is also on-board. She knows who he is, and although it is totally against the rules for her to hook up with him, she does.
He also remembers her from when he was unconscious, calling her his angel and totally as into her as she is.
I can't remember if they live happily ever after, but there is a steamy-to-my-12-year-old-brain scene. Any help out there? Googling for this yields strange results, and I don't want to subject myself to that again…
Do you recognize this story?