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Rainbow Snippet for 4-22-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one, and my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo this month is to finish this round.)

Picking up from last week.

(This part is still in revision so squint because I haven’t gotten to it yet.)

 

Taliya boarded the ship and a chill gripped her when she was immediately assaulted by feelings of upset and outrage.  Between the feelings from the ship and the tightness of Ayess’s voice when he had called her she had the feeling that something had gone very wrong.

She found Ayess in the cockpit and touched his shoulder lightly.

“Ayess?  What’s wrong?”

He shrugged slightly. “I can’t put it into words.”  He sighed and shook his head.  “I can, but they are not pleasant words.”  He met Taliya’s gaze. “Perhaps she will be different with you.”

Taliya frowned and glanced at the corridor.  “No matter what, Ayess, I promise you, you have a place on this ship.”

“But she is your friend.  Your lover.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-15-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one, and my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo this month is to finish this round.)

Skipping a couple paragraphs from last week.   Ayess has contacted Taliya to let her know that Luzita is on board.

(This part is still in revision so squint because I haven’t gotten to it yet.)

“She is here.”

Taliya frowned. “Ayess?”

He shook his head.  “She is… very different than you are. Maybe she is just scared and uncertain, but she is…”  He shook his head again and Taliya’s heart sank at what he wasn’t saying.

“I’m on my way back now, Ayess. I’ll sort it out.”  She smiled.  “Thank you, for at least trying to make her feel at home.”

“How do you know I did?”

“Because I know you,” she laughed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-8-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one, and my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo this month is to finish this round.)

Picking up from last week with more of Luzita’s first encounter with Ayess. And I still haven’t gotten to this point in my revisions yet, so you may need to squint.

 

“Leave me alone,” she said as he turned toward her. “Don’t touch me.”

“I will not harm you,” he said softly. “My name is Ayess.  You must be Luzita?”

“You should know. You bought me.”

“No, I did not.  You were bought by the captain, as was I.”

She glanced at him and quickly looked away again.  “You’re not a slave.”

“Not anymore.” 

His answer was so soft that she glanced up at him again and then jerked her gaze away.  “What did you have to do to earn your freedom?’ she asked, a sneer in her voice.

“Nothing.” He smiled.  “Come.”  He put a hand on her upper arm and she jerked away.  “I will show you to your cabin.  The captain will be back soon and will explain.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-1-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one, and my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo this month is to finish this round.)

Skipping a couple paragraphs from last week.  Taliya has asked that Luzita be delivered to her ship as she has a couple things she needs to take care of before the offices close.  I’m picking up with Luzita’s first meeting with Ayess.

(This part is still in revision so squint because I haven’t gotten to it yet.)

Luzita shrank back when the hatch opened.  The… creature… that stood in it was tall and covered with dark grey scales and tentacles and she had to look away. 

“Get in there,” the slaver growled, shoving her forward. 

She stumbled and would have fallen if the alien hadn’t caught her.  She jerked away from him, panicked, and he let her go, stepping between her and the slaver.  “That is not how one treats someone else’s property,” he snarled.  “Now get out of here before the Board is informed of your actions.”

The slaver gave the two of them a baleful glance and left, barely clearing the hatch before it closed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-25-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one.)

I’m picking up from last week. (“We’ve had her for far too long,” Letham said. “Pendelia Four is where we got her and I don’t know what Marcelan was thinking.  I know what he was thinking with, but that’s beside the point.”)

(This part is still in revision so squint because I haven’t gotten to it yet.)

The slaver that had ushered Taliya inside gave Letham a warning glare and turned the monitor so that Taliya could see it.  “That her?”

The woman on the screen was sitting in a chair, listlessly staring at a view screen that gave an image of the market outside. She was petite but curvy, and her lustrous black hair fell in dark waves to her hips.

“That’s her,” Taliya said.  Her eyes were dull and her face lacked its usual animation, but it was Luzita.

“I’ll go get her,” Letham said and disappeared toward the interior of the ship.

“Clean her up first,” the other one said and he nodded, waving one hand to signal that he had heard.

Taliya watched him leave and then turned her attention back to the other man.  “I have a collar and chip,” she told him. “And don’t try to inflate the price just because I came looking for her specifically, because if I wanted to I could make a whole lot of trouble for you for buying an illegally sold slave.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-18-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one.)

I’m skipping ahead just a few paragraphs from last week.  Taliya is talking to the slaver with the merchant caravan fleet, hoping to find Luzita.  (This part is still in revision so squint because I haven’t gotten to it yet.)

 

“Does she have a specialty?  It might make it easier to find her that way.”  As he spoke he guided her into a small room set up as an office and keyed up a view screen.

“No,” Taliya said softly. “She has no specialties.”  It was true, she thought.   Luzita was a younger daughter with no chance of inheritance.   She had been raised to be nothing more than a socialite, a jewel on the arm of a son of a wealthy house, bartered away to increase her family’s fortunes, and she had barely made it through school.   

Her guide nodded and began the search.  “What is her name?”

“Luzita Fronen.  She would have been purchased on Pendelia Four.”

“Luzita Fronen,” he echoed in a mutter as he searched the records for her.

“Luzita Fronen?” came another voice, and both of them looked toward the door of the room where another slaver stood.  “I’m beginning to think that we’re going to have to pay someone to take her.”

“Letham!  Not in front of a customer.”

“She’s here? You still have her?”

“We’ve had her for far too long,” Letham said. “Pendelia Four is where we got her and I don’t know what Marcelan was thinking.  I know what he was thinking with, but that’s beside the point.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-11-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one.)

I’m skipping ahead just a few paragraphs from last week.  (This part is still in revision so squint because I haven’t gotten to it yet.)

 

Taliya had no trouble finding the slaver; he was the only merchant without a horde of customers.  People on the fringe, she had learned, valued freedom, and along with that they abhorred slavery.

“Never thought you’d be the type to buy a slave.”

The voice startled her and she turned, coming face to face with Soraine, the captain of The StarFlame.  The two of them had a friendly rivalry and a grudging respect for one another, and Soraine was someone that she could consider a friend.

“I’m not,” she said.  “At least, not under normal circumstances.” She sighed.  “I’m looking for one in particular, a former lover.  If I find her I will buy her and free her.”

A slow grin crossed Soraine’s face. “I knew I liked you,” she said. “Buying a slave just to free her – that is priceless.”  Soraine reached into a pocket on her belt and handed Taliya a voucher.  “Let me help with it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-4-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions after the current one.)

I’m skipping ahead a ways.  (This part is still in revision so squint because I haven’t gotten to it yet.)

A merchant fleet has arrived and Taliya is exploring the market area they have set up.

Kithani – the entire Kapuna Sector, actually – hardly seemed like a good place to bring things like Numali silk, but then, out here on the fringe, people were hungry for exotic goods, and had the money to spend on them.  There might be dangers out here, but there was also money to be made.

She stopped and stared at the silk, remembering her mother bragging about the deal she had gotten on it when she had sold Luzita, and her breath caught.  Maybe…

She shook her head. It wasn’t possible.  It just wasn’t possible for that same merchant caravan to be here, where she was. 

And even if it was, Luzita had no doubt been sold months ago.

Still…

 

(Remember Luzita?  She is Taliya’s lover, sold into slavery by Maureena.)

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-25-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions which I’m hoping to finish this month.)

This snippet comes directly after last week’s in which Ayess was explaining a bit about Araxians and Araxian society.

 

“I hate the word ‘it’.”

He shrugged. “You do not have any other word.”

“What is your word?”

“Ni. Ni-en for plural and ni-es for the possessive.”

“Thank you.  I’ll try to use those instead of he, him, or his.”

“Why did you choose the male pronoun for me?”

Taliya flushed as she laughed at herself.   “Because you’re taller than I am.”

Ayess joined in her laughter.  “I do not mind if you think of me as male or refer to me as one,” he assured her. “I do not find it offensive.  And, after all, I am taller than you are.”

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-18-2017

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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 still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but I have at least one more round of revisions which I’m hoping to finish this month.)

This snippet comes directly after last week’s in which Ayess was explaining a bit about Araxians and Araxian society.

 

“But you were asking about our families,” he said.  “When our young are first hatched, they are tended to by the entire…”  He frowned.  “You do not have a word for it.  It is not a family or tribe or clan or city… Group will have to do.  Everyone tends to the needs of the youngest members.  As they get older, they will form… bonds… with an adult.  Not exactly friendship, but close. That adult will then take that young one into its household and take responsibility for it, see to it that it is educated and becomes a productive member of society.”

“I hate the word ‘it’.”

 

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