Posting a few excerpts from a rough draft of a science fiction novel called The Onyx Sun. I’ve been ignoring it for a while, but since I don’t hate it anymore I’m starting editing it this month.
Keep in mind this is a very rough draft of something that I hadn’t even looked at for several months. Also, the snippet has has probably been a victim of creative editing.
Taliya Swann has been away from home negotiating a mining contract on another planet. When she called to advise her mother (head of House/Company) that they had a contract, Maureena informed her that her grandmother had died the day before. All that was left to look forward to was being reunited with her lover, Luzita.
Returning home, she was met by Regino, the butler, who told her that her grandmother’s funeral had been held the day she died. Shortly after that she learned that Maureena had sold her lover into slavery because Luzita couldn’t afford to pay for her upkeep. She brushed off Taliya’s outrage by saying she would find someone else, someone more suitable.
“Unlike you, Mother, I cannot turn my emotions on and off. I can’t just go out and find someone else.” She paused, locking eyes with her mother. “Who did you sell her to? What slave house?”
“What does it matter?”
“It matters. I want Luzita back and I will find her. Now, who did you sell her to?”
“An off-worlder, part of a merchant fleet. I bought some wonderful Numali silk from another vendor there for less than half the market value.”
Taliya drew a deep breath, not caring now if Maureena saw her struggle for control. “When?”
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