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Picking up from last week’ snippet of Onyx Sun.
And yet she could not quite lose herself in them; she was too hurt, and too mistrustful, and she pulled away.
“I can’t, Luz.”
“But, why? I – I thought that’s what you wanted, why you were looking for me?”
“I thought so, too, but…” Taliya shook her head. “I can’t.”
“You’re sleeping with that…” Luzita caught herself. “With that… alien.”
“Ni-es name is Ayess and ni is an Araxian and no, we are not lovers. I haven’t been with anyone since you.”
Taliya shook her head. “I can’t just do it because it feels good, Luz. It has to be because I love the person I’m with, and trust them. And right now, I can’t. That trust and that love – they’ve been lost. I don’t trust you. I don’t feel that I know you anymore. You believed what Maureena said, believed her lies more than you believed in me, in us. And that hurts.”
Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.