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Rainbow Snippet for 4-3-2021

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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.

Josul laughed. “We’ll find you a better name. Speaking of names…”

“No. I’m not changing mine. Not legally and not illegally.”

“Tal…”

“I can’t, Josul. It would be too complicated – all my money is tied up in this name, and it’s all back on Pendelia Four.”

“And you’re not currently inclined to return to that planet to sort things out?”

“I’m not even currently inclined to return to that system to sort things out.”

Josul laughed. “I’d say we could do it from here but if they are flagging you there’s too much risk of transmissions being intercepted.” He frowned. “I wish I knew what they thought you were carrying.”

“So do I.”

“I’ll bet.” He shook his head. “Of all the people I know that I would have suspected of getting caught up in something like this, Tal, you are at the bottom of the list. Hell, you aren’t even on the list.”

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, March 28, 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.

“His Royal Highness, King Kurtzen!” the herald announced. He stepped aside and a tall bearded man stepped through a heavy curtain and onto the balcony as a cheer went up from the crowd.

As the king waited for the crowd to quiet – and made no effort to quiet them – Pashevel assessed him. He was tall but heavier than he should be, although still managing to look regal and powerful. And he from the way he enjoyed the attention and being in the limelight he would be easy to flatter and manipulate, and Pashevel had another insight into Hierik – he couldn’t please his father because his father didn’t want to step down and yield the crown. 

“People of the realm,” the king began when the cheering had subsided. “Sixteen years ago today my wife presented me with an heir, my son, Hierik. I watched as he took his first steps as a toddler, and now I am pleased to see him take his first steps as an adult, as he begins his Passage to manhood.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-27-2021

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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.

Josul waved that away. “Easily fixed. It’ll take me less than an hour to reset your frequency to one that’s unassigned.”

“And you just happen to have a list of unassigned frequencies?”

“I might,” he replied, grinning. “You’ll need a whole new identity for the ship, though, and that will take a little longer – we’ll have to register it under its new name and identity signal, and rename your company. What is your company name, anyhow?”

“Cygnet Shipping.”

“Cygnet Shipping? Cute, Swann, real cute.”

Taliya shrugged, grinning. “It was that or Ugly Duckling Enterprises, and that just didn’t quite convey the image that I had in mind.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, March 21, 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. 

The castle courtyard was filled with vendors and crowds of people celebrating a holiday, the birthday of the Crown Prince, and Pashevel roamed from booth to booth, sampling the foods and listening to the conversations.

From the commoners he gathered that the prince was not well known, that most would not even recognize him, and that all that they knew of him was what they had heard from servants – either of the castle or those belonging to lesser nobles.  And none of it was flattering.

From the other nobles he learned little new; their comments merely reinforced what he had gathered from the tavern the night before, and what Hierik himself had told him.

But there was a slight uneasiness among the nobility, especially those who were close in age to Hierik: a fear of being chosen as his traveling companion.

He also took note of those who were speculating about the fitness of the Crown Prince to eventually lead the kingdom. He was too scholarly, said some, and not decisive enough. It was rumored that even the palace guards and servants had little respect for him, and Pashevel began to get a deeper picture of the boy, growing up alone, friendless, mocked by those who should have supported him. And now there was a Crown Prince who lacked the confidence of his people because he lacked confidence in himself.

A fanfare of trumpets interrupted his thoughts and the crowd quieted, turning toward the castle. Pashevel turned with them, caught up in the expectation.

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-20-2021

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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.

“My mother and I had a falling out. Actually, I walked out and she told me not to come back.”

He waited.

“She sold Luz. She kept me away on business until Grandmother died and she could take over the House and then she sold Luz to an off-world slaver in a merchant fleet.”

“Oh, Tal…” Josul shook his head. “What are you going to do now?”

“Make a go of my own business and then contest her for the House.” There was an uncharacteristically hard edge to her voice. “But first,” she said with a sigh, “I have to be able to actually do cargo or charter runs.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, March 14, 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. (This snippet is a touch longer, but it hits up against the end of the chapter so there wasn’t any good way to continue next week.)

“I didn’t dismiss you,” Hierik blurted, and Pashevel smiled. 

“No. No, you didn’t. However it seemed that our conversation was at an end – or at least an impasse.”

“No. Please.” Hierik took a deep breath. “Tomorrow is my sixteenth birthday. There will be a feast at the castle and I… I would like you to come.”

“I would be honored to perform for you, Your Highness.”

“No. As my guest.”  Hierik took a deep breath. “Also tomorrow starts my Passage. It… It’s a tradition for the oldest male in my family to leave the castle and travel – on their own – for two years, to learn the ways of the world.” He swallowed hard and met Pashevel’s eyes. “We are allowed to take a traveling companion, and I… I would be honored if you…” He faltered for words that didn’t sound like a command or a plea. 

“I would be honored if you wish for the two of us to travel together,” Pashevel said, saving him.

“Thank you. And, yes. I – I would like for the two of us to travel together. I – I would like to learn… about friendship, and how to be a ruler.”

Pashevel smiled. “And it would be my honor to teach you, Hierik, son of Kurtzen, future King of the Human Lands.”

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-13-2021

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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.

“Arescar?” Startled would have been an understatement but he recovered immediately. “That’s… odd.” Taliya could see him turning the information over in his head, trying to connect the pieces. “So what brings you here?”

She took a deep breath. “I need you to hide my ship.”

Josul raised an eyebrow. “Hide your ship?”

“I need a new identity signal. I have mine disconnected at the moment so they couldn’t track me, but I can’t do that and do cargo runs.”

“No. Most places prefer that you have a legit identity.” He stared at her. “Do cargo runs?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, March 7, 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.

Hierik’s lips curled into a smile. People would treat him the way he let them treat him.

He could command the guards to go after the Bard, stop him and escort him back to the table. But that would raise questions. And they would not willingly step away from their table to go do it. And he had no real way of enforcing his will on them.

He sighed, his smile fading.

He scanned the room and smiled again as he saw the lithe figure of the Elven bard gathering up his instruments, and he stood up sharply. He still had a chance…

Pashevel turned to face the young prince as Hierik put a hand on his shoulder. He bowed slightly. “Your Highness?”

“I didn’t dismiss you,” Hierik blurted, and Pashevel smiled. 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-6-2021

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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.

“All this over a used ship?”

“It used to belong to a smuggler, Derring Hessen, who apparently was carrying something illegal – something that everyone apparently wants to get their hands on, but no one will tell me what it is. And here’s the thing – the ship has been searched by at least two, probably three, different law enforcement agencies and neither one found anything. Not to mention that it would have been checked out by Vastyne’s before it was sold.”

“And Hessen?”

“Cooling his heels somewhere very secure and very secret, accused of smuggling marjicia root. Trouble is, he was picked up several sectors away from Moraze in the Arescar Sector.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, February 28, 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.

“Only friendship, Your Highness. Only friendship.”

Pashevel rose and bowed deeply. “But I fear I have presumed too much upon your time already this evening, Your Highness, and perhaps overstepped my bounds. I wish you a pleasant evening.”

“Wait…”

But Pashevel had already turned away and Hierik lowered his head to hide his tears, sensing that he had just lost all hope of being a good monarch, had lost the one person who had offered him hope, who had treated him as a person, and as a prince.

Treated him with the respect due his rank.

Treated him…

Pashevel had not sat until told he could — he had waited for his response, not just assumed…

Hierik’s lips curled into a smile. People would treat him the way he let them treat him.

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