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Rainbow Snippet for 5-8-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

“…I wasn’t sure I could afford to hire anyone. And now I’m pretty sure I can’t.”

“What do you mean?”

“Almost all of my money is in my bank on Pendelia Four. I’m afraid they’ll trace a transfer.”

“Good point.” He thought for a moment. “I’ll tell you what. Let’s set up an account for you here on Lansigan Prime…”

“With what? All my money…”

“Let me finish.” He held up a hand and she fell silent. “Let’s do this. Give me a voucher from your bank. I’ll use my own money to start an account for you here and then I’ll take a trip to Pendelia Four to visit some old friends – and get my money back. It’s not really a loan so much as a transfer without involving anything traceable.”

Taliya stared at him. “I’m not sure if you’re brilliant or devious.”

“Yes.”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, May 2, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride. 

This month we’ll get to see Pashevel… well, let’s just say that the ways of a Bard are subtle and sharp.

 

The castle doors opened and Pashevel fell in with the nobles as they began making their way toward them. The King and the Prince stood just inside the doorway, greeting each noble and accepting their congratulations and well-wishes.

The guards crossed their halberds to bar Pashevel from entering but Hierik intervened.

“Let him in. He is here as my guest.”

They hesitated, looking past him to the king.

The monarch shrugged and Hierik flushed. “I said he is my guest. He is the Bard from the tavern last night. Surely you saw him speaking with me.”

“And if you didn’t,” Pashevel said, his voice soft but pitched so that the king could hear it, “then you were doing a poor job of guarding your prince.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-1-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. Josul has been doing some work on Taliya’s ship. (The “ghost” refers to the feelings that Taliya gets from the ship, that it is alive and aware.)

“All set,” Josul said, stretching. The first thing he had done was run sweep for tracking bugs and had found none, much to Taliya’s relief, and now he had finished reconfiguring her identification array.  He glanced around the cockpit and frowned.  “You’re flying alone?”

“Yes, why?” Briefly she wondered if he could feel the ghost too.

He shook his head.  “You shouldn’t be.  A ship this size needs at least two to crew it properly.” He looked at her sharply.  “You know that.”

“Yes, I know that.  But it can be handled by one, and I wasn’t sure I could afford to hire anyone.  And now I’m pretty sure I can’t.”

“What do you mean?”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 25, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

“My son!” the king announced. “Prince Hierik, Crown Prince of the Realm!

The cheer that went up was somewhat less enthusiastic than the one for the king had been and Pashevel saw the way the prince’s head fell, noticed the harshness in the way that the king turned to him. Slowly Hierik raised his head, looking out at the crowd and they stilled, waiting for him to speak.

Seeing his hesitation Pashevel took a half step as if shifting position to get a better view, but it was enough. Hierik noticed the movement in the otherwise motionless crowd and smiled, relaxing as he locked his gaze on the bard he had met the night before.

“Welcome,” he said. “Thank you – all of you – for coming to my birthday celebration. I hope you will enjoy the food and entertainment that will be provided for you, and I am looking forward to meeting you as I begin my Travels.”

The speech, Pashevel realized, was formulaic, delivered as if it had been memorized since early childhood, and the crowd responded as if they had heard it before – six times before he would wager – and Pashevel added public speaking to the list of things that Hierik needed to learn.

Two years. He had two years to teach the Crown Prince everything he needed to know in order to rule. Two years to teach what should have been learned over a lifetime.

Two years.

Two years to keep him alive.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-24-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship a new identity.

“What about a name for the ship?”

She shook her head. “I have no idea. That’s why I stuck with Vain Glory.”

“How about the Black Hole, since we’re sort of dropping you into one?”

She wrinkled her nose.

“Yeah, I didn’t like it all that much, either.”

They kicked some ideas around and finally came up with Onyx Sun, a private joke between the two of them, an acknowledgment of the black hole that Taliya was being dumped into.

“All right,” Josul said as he signaled for the waitress. “I’ll be at your ship first thing in the morning to do the on board work.” He turned off the muting device and slipped it into a pocket.

“Thanks, Josul.” Taliya smiled, suddenly feeling as if a huge weight had been lifted from her. “I really appreciate it, especially on such short notice.”

“It’s not like you had any way to reach me ahead of time, at least, not safely.”

“Speaking of… Will I be?”

He waved off her concern. “Absolutely. No one will bother you or your ship here.” He grinned. “You’re not really in tame space anymore, Taliya. Oh, they say we are, but we aren’t. The Galactic Enforcement Agency doesn’t poke their nose into this system – they barely even poke into this sector.”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 18, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

They leave the morning after their sixteenth birthday and must return by sundown of their eighteenth.”

“And if they do not?”

“Then they are mourned as dead and the next eldest travels in his turn. Hierik is actually not the eldest. In fact, he’s the last of the King’s legitimate heirs. The others never returned from their Travels.”

“And if Hierik does not return?”

“Then either the king produces another legitimate heir – unlikely at his age – or he promotes an illegitimate son or a grandson if any of his own get produced offspring.”

Pashevel nodded, lost in thought, not liking the suspicions that were entering his mind. 

“How many older brothers does Hierik have?”

“Six. Well, had six. And a couple sisters. His brothers are all considered dead now, whether they are or not.”

Another fanfare from the trumpets drew their attention back to the balcony.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-17-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship — and her — a new identity.

Taliya shook her head, suddenly wishing she was back home, that none of this had ever happened. But back home she would still be living under her mother’s thumb; at least now she was free – although freedom didn’t seem to be all that it was cracked up to be.

Freedom. She smiled softly as she remembered the conversation with her father.

“Freedom,” she said. “Freedom Enterprises.”

“I think I liked Cygnet Shipping better.”

“So did I, but since we have to ditch it… Freedom is what this is was all about – freedom from my mother and from what she thinks I’m supposed to do – from what she and her friends expect from me.”

“Like you ever cared about that,” he snorted.

“True. But now I don’t even have to pretend anymore. And the name will remind me why I’m doing this. So that I have the freedom to run a business – and eventually the House – the way I think it should be run.”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 11, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

“Tell me more about this traveling that he has to do.”

“It’s a tradition for the Crown Prince to travel the lands and get to know the way the world works so that he will know how to rule it. But that one.” He spit onto the cobblestones. “Maybe it’ll do him some good, but no one is holding out much hope for him.”

Pashevel frowned. “You almost make it sound like there is a way for him to fail.”

“It has happened,” he said. “But no one is ever sure what has happened to the ones that did not return, if they chose not to return or fell to some illness or met with foul play, but the law of the land is that if they do not return on their eighteenth birthday they are mourned as dead.”

“They travel alone for two years?”

The man nodded. “They leave the morning after their sixteenth birthday and must return by sundown of their eighteenth.”

“And if they do not?”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-10-2021

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).  Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship — and her — a new identity.

She shrugged. “I never thought it would happen either.” She stared down at the table top, idly drawing on it with the rings of condensation from their drinks.

He reached across the table and gave her hand a squeeze. “It’s going to be all right, Tal.”

“I shouldn’t have come here, shouldn’t have gotten you involved.”

Josul’s laughter cut her off. “This is going to be fun and don’t even try to pretend that you didn’t know I’d say that.” He shook his head, sobering. “And no one out here will even blink at the changes. How do you think this backwater colony got so wealthy and doesn’t have to worry about the pirates? We have no law enforcement here – the pirates are the law enforcement and this colony is absolutely neutral and protected.”

“Even from each other?”

“Especially from each other. Now, let’s get down to business. We need to rename your ship and your business and then I can get your new professional identity set up. Any suggestions?”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 4, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

“… as he begins his Passage to manhood.”

“Manhood my left foot,” someone near Pashevel muttered. “He’s nothing but a sniveling child. Can’t even make up his mind about his travels.”

“Know him well, do you?” Pashevel asked, amused. The speaker was well dressed in fine clothes and he marked him as one of the lesser nobles.

“I do indeed. My father is one of the Royal Tutors and my sons have taken classes along side him since he was big enough to hold a quill.”

The king was still droning on and Pashevel half listened, most of his attention on the man he was speaking with.

“I’ve heard people saying that the young prince is book smart,” he said.

“He is that,” the man conceded. “My father is always going on about how quick he is at lessons. All of the tutors favor him and not just because of who his father is.”

Another piece of the puzzle slid into place for Pashevel: being a favorite of the tutors would not have earned Hierik any friends among the other students.

 

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