Title: Nikko's Bond
Genre: YA sci-fi
Nikko has never left the nursery. He’s never been to the corner store, or met anyone from the outside – not even his parents. Nikko is a host, a child bred to symbiotically support a Guardian. He’s lived his entire life with a single goal: prepare for the moment when he and his symbiont become one. The emotional connection to a Guardian is deep—and most hosts do not bond with other humans—but Nikko is different. With his merge only days away, Nikko must leave the nursery and say goodbye to the person he loves as much as his symbiont, his best friend Samatia.
Unwilling to face the future without Sam, Nikko concocts a risky strategy to bring her along. His plan succeeds, but what began as a means of staying together becomes a death sentence for Sam when her symbiont dies. Torn between friendship and desire, Nikko must decide: merge with his symbiont and become truly whole, or save Sam and spend the rest of his life crippled—and a fugitive from his Guardian.