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Rainbow Snippet for 10-19-2019

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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’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on it.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

This picks up from last week which ended with: Puzzled and curious, I looked down at the newspaper clipping.

Inventor seeks general laborer to assist with flying ship. Carpentry skills required. Will train for other duties. Pay: 10s/week. Apply in person to V.R. Madison, 135 Pearl Place.

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It wasn’t a fit night for man nor beast. It was cold and dark and getting colder and darker. And wetter. The fog from the snow melt was bad enough, but the all day drizzle had turned into a good downpour and the wind lashed rain that was just a hair above freezing.

Ordinarily I would have been holed up in the ramshackle shanty that passes for my home, trying to stay dry – or at least no more than damp – but the words “flying ship” had sent a jolt of excitement through me. Widow Cooper had been right; ever since I had seen my first airship as a wee lad I’d dreamed of being aboard one of the great flying ships that occasionally flew over the city or moored at the docks. V.R. Madison was only advertising for general construction help, but maybe, just maybe, there might be a crew position available, and I was going to do my level best to fill it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-12-2019

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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’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on it.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

This picks up from last week.

“I’m afraid I can’t pay you much,” she’d apologized as she always did. “But I have written you a letter of introduction and recommendation.”

I might not be able to spend those letters but they were good for starting a fire, but today there was something different about the envelope that she handed me.

The envelope was of fine heavy stationery instead of the more common writing paper that she normally used for the letters she gave me, and it bore a wax seal with an imprint from a signet ring. In addition there was a clipping from The Daily Mail. “I remember you telling me once that your greatest dream was to fly. I hope this helps you realize that dream.”

Puzzled and curious, I looked down at the newspaper clipping.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 10-5-2019

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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.

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I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo next month and have almost definitely decided that I will most likely probably be working on my “Steampunk thing.”  So, since I’m looking over what I have written of it (less than 2000 words, a fair number of which are going to go bye-bye (yes, I’m tired) I thought I’d post bits from it to help me stay focused on it and not the scores of plot demons bunnies that will be crawling out of cracks in the next few weeks.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

135 Pearl Place

I looked at the address on the newspaper clipping again, not that I needed to; the advertisement had burned itself into my memory from the first time I read it.

I’d been doing a bit of work: nothing challenging, just replacing some steps on Widow Cooper’s porch. She always sent for me when she needed work done. Never paid me in cash money, but always made sure that I had a good meal and a letter of reference to show to others. Bless her. She’d been a lady of some means once, but her husband – God rest his soul – had squandered away most of it on various ventures. When he died there wasn’t much left for her other than their home, which was too much for her to take care of now. It was falling into disrepair but I did my best to mend what I could for her

And on a day like this a good hot meal and a cuppa was almost as good as money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-28-2019

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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.

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Picking up from last week.

The kiss lasted a lifetime and was over too soon and he sighed with contentment and regret.

“I’m sorry,” Trebor started.

“Don’t be. I’m only sorry that it ended — and that it took so long to start.”

Trebor smiled, drawing in a deep breath. “I’ve wanted this since the night you and Luthen got here. And probably before that but that was the first that I knew…”

Sidden bent his head and kissed him again, running his hands down Trebor’s back. “You do know that this is dangerous, don’t you?” he murmured.

“Because we are both men? I thought only the Church cared about that and we don’t care about the Church.”

Sidden laughed and kissed him again: his lips were intoxicating.  “No, not because of the Church and not because we’re both men. Because we are both Empaths.”

“I don’t understand.”

“This… the vulnerability of being Soul Bare… this will magnify that.”

“Then won’t it also magnify the way it feels when we connect, soul to soul?”

“Yes, and that is what is dangerous.”

 

 

 

And some vocabulary words:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-21-2019

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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.

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Skipping ahead quite a bit. A demon has been dealt with and Sidden has shared one of his personal demons with Trebor.

 

They kept supper conversation light and happy and filled with laughter, with Trebor holding a light Weave of all of them and filling it with his sense of joy. 

“Thank you, Treb,” Sidden said after D’Laron and Katheri had left for the night. “That couldn’t have been easy to maintain.”

Trebor shrugged. “It wasn’t all that hard. I just chose to focus on how much love I have for all of you and how much love I get from all of you, and how much joy and pleasure and all around happiness from being with you all and having you all here.”

“All of us?”

“Yes, all of you. You are all special to me.” He grew more serious. “And some in different ways than others.”

Sidden caught his breath at Trebor’s last sentence then drew a deep breath and let it out slowly. He ached to reach out with his Gift to brush against Trebor’s emotions to see if he meant what he thought he did, but resisted the urge, afraid that he was wrong.

But then Trebor’s hand was on his shoulder and Sidden found himself drawn into blue eyes that were unusually serious and he couldn’t help himself: he opened up and reached out and felt a stab of longing that he couldn’t tell if it came from himself or Trebor.

“Treb…” His voice was choked and pleading and then Trebor’s lips were on his and he wrapped his arms around him, yielding to the kiss that he hadn’t known he wanted, hadn’t known he needed, but the pleasure that came from it was overwhelming and it was mutual and he tightened his arms and returned the kiss, a soft groan rising from depths he hadn’t known he had.

The kiss lasted a lifetime and was over too soon and he sighed with contentment and regret.

 

 

And some vocabulary words:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-14-2019

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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.

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Picking up from last week’s post.

“…we will both do whatever we can to help others.”

“I hope it never comes to that, but there is a chance that we may have to take you up on it. And we will, of course, find a way to send them here without compromising your safety. We would just let them know that there are others of our people here who will help them.”

Trebor smiled. “I know you won’t endanger us. I know how… protective… you can be.”

Sidden laughed and pulled Trebor close, resting his forehead against the other man’s. “Ah, Trebor, it feels good to laugh. You have no idea how good it feels.”

“I cannot imagine you not laughing.” Trebor wrapped his arms and his love around Sidden, holding him safely in both of them until he felt Sidden relax.

“I need this, Treb. I had no idea how much I needed this. Even Kaeriya… She just doesn’t understand as well as you do.” He sighed and straightened. “Thank you.”

Trebor looked at him curiously.

“For just being you. For understanding me and accepting me.” He smiled. “You probably know me better than anyone else ever has.”

“You’re my friend, Sid, and you’ve taught me more than you know.” He studied him for a moment. “I think this summer we should go to the ocean. You should meet the undines.”

 

And some vocabulary words:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-7-2019

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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.

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Picking up from last week’s post.

As safe as anywhere, and safer than some. My only real concern so far is Xooshemi. I don’t trust her.”

“Neither do Del and I.”

“Wise of you.” Sidden hesitated. “Treb, even if this isn’t a safe place for our people to relocate to, as long as it’s moderately safe — safe enough for you and Del and Katheri to stay here — would you be willing to act as a safe house for people on the run?”

“Of course.”

Sidden chuckled. “Not even going to ask Del first?”

“He’ll agree. His only concern — and my only concern – will be for Katheri’s safety, but since there is no way to guarantee it regardless, we will both do whatever we can to help others.”

(Kaeryia is the Senior Empath. She trained Sidden.)

And some vocabulary words:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-31-2019

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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.

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Picking up from last week’s post. (Sorry for some repetition from it; I haven’t gotten this far yet in correcting the Word doc.)

“It’s not your fault.” Trebor’s voice was gentle and Sidden looked up again, meeting his gaze. “You got her out of a bad situation and gave her a chance she would never have gotten otherwise.”

“But I have endangered the others…”

“How?”

“She’s gone mad, Treb. She has become filled with hate and she blames me – and everyone else there – for what she sees as her failure.”

“Sid…”

“No, Treb. I’m fine. I know it’s not my fault, and that I am not responsible for the actions of others, but I still feel responsible. For one thing, I’m an Empath and a Healer and her brother – how did I not see what was happening with her?”

“Because, Aspect* or not, you are still not omniscient.”

Sidden managed a smile and Trebor gave his shoulder a squeeze. “So why are you here?”

“In part to make sure that you are all right. In her madness I’m not sure that she won’t blame you as well and come after you. And in part to see if this might be a safe place for some of our people.”

“And is it?”

“As safe as anywhere, and safer than some.”

*Sidden is able to channel an Aspect of The God, using His power and letting Him act through him. (Luthen can do the same, although his Aspect is different.)

And some vocabulary words:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-24-2019

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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.

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Skipping ahead a bit from last week’s post:

“Why are you here, Sid?” Trebor asked that night after the others had left. “I’m glad you are, but what is the real reason?”

“I knew you’d ask me that sooner or later.”

Trebor waited and he sighed. “I’m one of the ones trying to find us a safe place. Or at least a few more or less safe places that we can scatter to.”

“And you think this is one?”

“It’s safer than some. The Church doesn’t have much of a hold here, and at the university, at least, there will be people more inclined to reason than superstition.” Sidden swallowed hard and closed his eyes. “And I can’t lie to you, Treb. Terrisi* has left Besembe and no one knows where she is or what she is doing.  She… she snapped. I… I think it was too much for her – too much of a change from what she was raised with to what was offered to her at Besembe. She simply couldn’t cope.”

*Terrisi is Sidden’s younger sister. She’s an Empath but tried to do more than she was capable of/trained to do and created quite a mess in Book One.

And some vocabulary words:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-17-2019

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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.

Still posting from Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy this month, mostly because I’m too lazy to pick something different. (This is also why the same CD stays in my car’s player for months on end.)

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.
Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor.
Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.
Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

Picking up the morning after last week’s post:

“Where did Luthen go?” Katheri asked.

“He’s checking on Zari and Aithen, and then on some of our other people.”

“Things are getting worse, aren’t they?”

“I’m afraid so, Del,” Sidden replied. “The Church is growing in power and we are powerless to stop it. All we can do now is prepare to ride out whatever changes come, and find our way back together again.”

“They are scattering?”

“Not yet, but that is looking to be more and more likely. It seems like our safest bet.”

“And… Home?” Trebor asked hesitantly.

Sidden shook his head. “No decision yet. For now it stands – we need a central place to regroup and where we can leave messages for one another.”

D’Laron nodded. “How long do you think we have?”

“It’s hard to say. Some places are safer than others. The cities are the worst but most of our people are in more rural areas, which is a bit of a two edged sword — the Church has less of a stronghold there, but the people tend to be less educated and more superstitious, and thus more easily led and influenced by the Church.”

“So we’re scattering, but where to?” Trebor asked.

“Any place that feels safe,” Sidden answered. “Some of us are actively seeking a safe haven where we can all gather, and others are looking for places where they can live in peace and keep our ways alive, even if only within their own families. Home is still safe enough for now, but…”

 

 

And while I’m at it:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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