Is Taliya free of her mother’s House yet? Maureena is waiting in the foyer…
(For anyone new to this, I’m posting excerpts from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel currently in the first round of edits.)
The usual creative punctuation warnings apply.
“Where are you going?”
“To find Luzita. I don’t where that will take me, but long as it isn’t here I’ll be happy.”
“And what are you going to do for money?”
She shrugged. “I’m a certified pilot.”
“I expect you’ll come crawling back sooner rather than later, once your so-called friends get tired of putting you up.”
“I do not intend to presume on their hospitality. In case you didn’t hear me, Mother, I’m a certified pilot. That means that I am capable of making my own way in the world, and that means that I do not need to rely on others to take care of me.”
“Where is the file from Roseeba Seven? I want to look it over and put it away.”
“It’s in my HoverWing. I will leave it at Aelind’s office tomorrow: you can pick it up there after I leave.”
She stepped outside, feeling an odd satisfaction at the stunned disbelief on her mother’s face: if Maureena had expected a meek and dutiful daughter then she hadn’t been paying attention – Taliya had stopped being meek and dutiful years before.
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