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Rainbow Snippet for 9-16-2017

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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.

More from Onyx Sun, (which really will be finished some day) picking up from last week, in which Ayess reacted badly to what they found in the hidden cryo chamber.

 

“That… that is the… the thing that killed the others in my exploration team.”

“Are you sure?”  She shook her head.  “Of course you are, I’m sorry.  I just…”

Ayess nodded and she slowly turned back to the chamber just as the monitor chimed that there was another surge and the lights on it flared and flickered.

“The chamber is failing, isn’t it?  That’s what the surges have been about.”

“Yes.”

“What happens if it fails with him inside?”

“He dies.”

 

 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-9-2017

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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.

More from Onyx Sun, (which really will be finished some day) picking up from last week.

 

“Ayess?  What is it?” 

Ni-es eyes were hard, ni-es nostrils flared, and ni-es breath was coming in short hard gasps.  Ni didn’t seem to have heard her so she stepped forward, placing herself between ni and the cryo unit. 

“Ayess.  Look at me.”

Slowly ni responded to the command in her voice and looked down into her eyes, ni-es body relaxing and ni-es breathing slowing.

“What’s wrong?” she asked softly, placing a gentle hand on ni-es arm.

“That… that is the… the thing that killed the others in my exploration team.”

 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 9-2-2017

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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.

More from Onyx Sun, (which really will be finished some day) picking up from last week.

 

It took a few minutes to find the latch, but soon they had lifted the head of the cryo unit and as it rose to a vertical position it brought with it another unit that was attached to its underside and Taliya caught her breath: this unit was in use.

The occupant was small, far shorter than Taliya, and covered with grey-black fur.  His face had a short muzzle with small pointed canine ears set on top of his head.  His hands and feet looked more like paws than hands, and were tipped with claws.

Ayess hissed sharply and drew back from the unit and Taliya pulled her attention away from the being in the capsule and turned to ni.

“Ayess?  What is it?” 

 

 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-26-2017

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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.

 

“Cryptic,” ni muttered.  “Hidden…”  Ni prodded the chamber.  “Taliya, what is beneath this floor?” 

“A crawlspace – access to the power circuits and such, why?”

“Have you ever been in there?”

She laughed.  “The ship still works, doesn’t it?”  She stared at ni.  “You think there is something down there?”

Ayess nodded.  “And it may be something that someone wants very badly.”

The met each others’ gaze for a long moment.  “Let’s find out,” Taliya said.

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-19-2017

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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.

Taliya and Ayess are in the room with the cryo chambers, trying to find the source of the random power flux.

 

Ayess frowned as ni stared at them.  They were all the same; not one of them showed signs of activity and ni glanced at ni-es monitor.  “The surge is gone.”

“But you’re getting closer.”

The monitor beeped and ni frowned at it, moving along the row of the units.  Ni stopped at the second one from the left.  “Here,” ni said.  “It’s here, but it isn’t…”

“Well that’s not cryptic at all.”

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-12-2017

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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.

Picking up from last week.  Ayess thinks he has found the source of the strange random energy flux and ni and Taliya are on their way to the cryo chambers.

“But they’re empty,” Taliya protested, following ni.  “They shouldn’t be drawing power at all.”

“Even empty they will draw some power.  Just enough to maintain their circuits and the integrity of the field. But for some reason, one of them is drawing more than it should, but not all the time.”  Ni frowned.  “It’s actually drawing more than it should even if it was in use.”

“Is it going to blow up?”

“Probably not,” ni replied as ni opened the door to the room that housed the cryogenic units. The coffin-like chambers were dark, an array of dim lights indicating that they were empty but had power. 

 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-5-2017

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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.

Picking up from last week:

“My eyes?  You’ve seen them every day since you bought me.”

She shook her head impatiently.  “They were… glowing, sort of.  Not bright, but just kind of … glowing.”

Ayess started.  “You can see that?”

“Yes, why? What does it mean?”

“I’ve never heard of a human being able to see it before.  You said this isn’t the first time?”

“That day in the restaurant on Florris Five.   What is it, Ayess?  What is it that I’m seeing?”

Before ni could answer the power flux alarm went off and as ni turned to the console Taliya got the distinct impression that ni was glad of the distraction.

“The cryo chambers.”  Ayess grabbed a small monitoring unit as ni rose and started for the door.  “I think I’ve finally found it.”

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-29-2017

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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.

 

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

“I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t found her.” 

“Do you really mean that?”

She considered the question for a moment. “Yes and no.  On the one hand, I have freed another slave, but on the other…”  She closed her eyes for a moment and when she opened them she looked into the Araxian’s eyes.  “On the other hand, I liked it a lot better when it was just the two of us and I wish it still was.”

Taliya sat up straighter, staring at ni. “I’m seeing it again.”

“Seeing what again?” 

“Your eyes.”

“My eyes?  You’ve seen them every day since you bought me.”

She shook her head impatiently.  “They were… glowing, sort of.  Not bright, but just kind of … glowing.”

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-22-2017

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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.

 

“Yes,” she replied, her voice barely audible.   She drew a deep shaky breath and swallowed hard. “Thank you, Ayess.  You’ve just said what I felt but couldn’t quite grasp.  Luzita would have had no qualms about doing the same to me.”

“Are you afraid that she will try?”

She shook her head. “She can’t.  The collar works only for me and she’s smart enough to know that I’m the one taking care of her, and that if anything happens to me…”  She looked up at Ayess.  “If anything happens to me, the ship is yours.  It’s already recorded,” she added to forestall a protest. “The ship, my accounts, everything.” 

“Nothing is going to happen to you.”

“I hope not.  But if it does, I want you to know that you will not need to worry about your future.  And don’t worry about Luzita, either.  I told her that if there’s trouble I would know where it started and she would be the one leaving the ship, not you.  I wouldn’t put it past her to try to tell you the exact opposite just to try to create discord, play us against each other.”  She took a deep breath and let it out slowly.  “I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t found her.”  

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-15-2017

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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.

Picking up from last week.

And some… some have sex just because it feels good and some… some use it to get what they want.” 

A sickening feeling washed through her as she realized that that was what Luzita did, a thought that she tried – unsuccessfully – to push out of her mind.  “And those people, they… they play on the minds and emotions of others, even pretending to be something they aren’t to get what they want.” 

Like Maureena, she realized. Maureena and Luzita were cut from the same bolt of Numali silk. Maureena had no doubt recognized herself in Luzita and that had been the real reason she had sold her – she couldn’t risk the competition for control of Taliya.

Taliya closed her eyes to fight back the tears that were threatening to spill over.  After a few deep breaths she continued. “For me… sex… love-making… I have to have an emotional bond with the other person.  It’s not a matter of them being male or female or whatever, it’s… I have to have some sort of connection to them.  And with Luzita… that is broken.  I…  When Maureena, my mother, sold her, she told her that I said to do it, and Luzita believed her. She believed that I would do that to her.”

“Because that is the sort of thing that she would do to you,” Ayess said quietly, and she started, opening her eyes to stare at her first officer.

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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