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Rainbow Snippet for 6-5-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week.

“How did you become a slave?” Somehow it had become important to start with that question.

Black eyes flared briefly. “Treachery.” Ayess flinched, as if expecting punishment for the bitter tone of voice, then went on more softly, gaze fastened on the table. “I was part of an exploratory expedition. It was a small planet, lush plants, lots of fresh water, geologically stable but riddled with caves and tunnels. I do not know if your people have named it. I was away from the base camp, exploring a cave system. When I returned, there was nothing left of the others except bloody bodies. They had been torn apart, as if attacked by an animal – throats ripped out, guts ripped open… One…one of them had managed to get video of the attacker. I will never forget that image.” 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-29-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Skipping ahead a bit. Josul has convinced Taliya that she needs someone to help her with the ship and she has been talked into buying a slave (but only so she can free him or her). Josul picked out three likely candidates and she is interviewing the third, having already rejected the other two.

Ayess acknowledged her presence with a deferential nod as she sat down across the table. “Mistress.” The voice was soft and sibilant, and Taliya wasn’t certain if it was out of deference or if this was their normal tone. 

“It’s Taliya,” she said, and Ayess looked up at her, startled and uncertain. “My name is Taliya, not Mistress.” She smiled, placing the muting device on the table and taking a moment to study the person before her. Ayess was covered in dark grey scales, and large black eyes glistened in a reptilian head. Powerful arms terminated in short, clawed fingers, and the chest was wide, narrowing toward the hips.

“I’m sorry, Ayess, but I’m not familiar with your race.”

“I am an Araxian.”

Taliya frowned, trying to remember if she had ever heard of the race, and making a mental note to research them later.

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-22-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. SLowly.

Anyhow,  picking up from last week. (If you missed it and are curious, just click on the date on the calendar.)

“Good, now let’s go shopping. Got a list of what you need?” He shook his head. “Never mind. Of course you have a list. You even keep lists of lists.”

“Okay, one more thing and I think you’ll be all set,” Josul said.

“Oh? What’s that?” Taliya ran through a mental list of things needed while he watched with an amused smile. “What’s so funny?”

“You. You’re going through a mental checklist looking for something you forgot, aren’t you?”

She glared at him and he laughed. “You haven’t changed, Tal. You’re still one of the most organized and efficient people I’ve ever known. If you ever decide to give up the life of a free trader I’ll hire you as my secretary.”

“We would kill each other.”

“Probably,” he grinned.

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-15-2021

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More from Onyx Sun, picking up from last week. (If you missed it and are curious, just click on the date on the calendar.)

Taliya hugged him, laughing. “I love you,” she said. “I am so glad to have you as a friend.”

“I’m glad to have you as one, too,” he replied. “Just promise me one thing.”

“What’s that?”

“That if you ever find out what they think you have on board you’ll let me know? I’m kinda curious.”

“It’s a deal.”

“Good, now let’s go shopping. Got a list of what you need?” He shook his head. “Never mind. Of course you have a list. You even keep lists of lists.”

 

 

 

 

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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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Rainbow Snippet for 5-1-2021

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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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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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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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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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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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