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Picking up from last week. Ayess and Taliya are having a talk about sex. Sort of.
“You have both male and female. I thought that that was how you mated?”
“It is – to produce offspring. But some people prefer members of the same sex.”
“And you and Luzita prefer the same sex?”
“No. At least, it’s not that simple.” She frowned, trying to find the words. “Some people… Some people are only attracted to the opposite sex, and some are only attracted to the same sex, and some are attracted to both. And some… some have sex just because it feels good and some… some use it to get what they want.”
A sickening feeling washed through her as she realized that that was what Luzita did, a thought that she tried – unsuccessfully – to push out of her mind. “And those people, they… they play on the minds and emotions of others, even pretending to be something they aren’t to get what they want.”
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.