From what I remember the story is about a girl and her alien partner who are being trained in a school (in space?) for alien/human bonded pairs.

They share a strong psychic connection and they have contrasting personalities.

They might be trained to either be peacekeepers or for war/protection purposes (not sure).

In the story, they talk about past missions in which they saved something and now the government is thankful to them ( which makes me believe it might be a series??)

Sadly that's all I remember. The focal point to me at the time was the bond between the two. I might have read it in a middle school textbook in the 2000s? Might be the same textbook I read “The Smallest Dragonboy” by Anne McCaffrey. But that's just going off the time period...


I don't know if you're still looking for the answer to this question, but I believe the short story you're looking for is "The Real Thing" by Alison Goodman. The story focuses on the slightly genetically enhanced Joss Aaronson and her psychically-bonded alien partner Mavkel. It was included in the short story anthology Firebirds Rising, edited by Sharyn November. There's just one novel telling the beginning of Joss and Mavkel's story called Singing the Dog Star Blues. From what I remember, it was a fast-paced and very enjoyable read, and refreshingly free of romance for a book with a teen protagonist.

I hope this helps. Happy reading! :)

  • Thank you so very much! This looks to be exactly what I was looking for! I was beginning to think that I had dreamed the whole thing. Thanks! – Ruubix Mar 4 '17 at 7:32

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