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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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Rainbow Snippet for 7-8-2017

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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.

Picking up from last week. Ayess and Taliya are having a talk about sex. Sort of.

 

“You have both male and female.  I thought that that was how you mated?”

“It is – to produce offspring.  But some people prefer members of the same sex.”

“And you and Luzita prefer the same sex?”

“No.  At least, it’s not that simple.”  She frowned, trying to find the words.  “Some people…  Some people are only attracted to the opposite sex, and some are only attracted to the same sex, and some are attracted to both.  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.” 

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 7-1-2017

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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.

 

Ayess turned when Taliya entered the cockpit and she pulled up short.  “I thought you’d be in bed,” she said as she sank into her chair.

“I could say the same for you.”  Ayess searched her gaze for a long moment.  “What’s wrong?”

She shook her head and sighed. “Nothing.  Everything.  I’m not sure.”  The Araxian tilted his head and she managed a smile.  “I’m all right, Ayess. I just can’t sleep.”

“Then why are you not with Luzita?  She is your mate, isn’t she?”

“No.  She is… was… my lover.  But that…”  She sighed.

“I do not understand,” Ayess said slowly.  “I thought that humans…”

“You thought that humans what?”  She sat up and turned to face ni, hoping for a conversation that would take her mind off of Luzita.

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 6-24-2017

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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’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

And yet she could not quite lose herself in them; she was too hurt, and too mistrustful, and she pulled away.

 

“I can’t, Luz.”

“But, why? I – I thought that’s what you wanted, why you were looking for me?”

“I thought so, too, but…”  Taliya shook her head.  “I can’t.”

“You’re sleeping with that…” Luzita caught herself. “With that… alien.”

“Ni-es name is Ayess and ni is an Araxian and no, we are not lovers.  I haven’t been with anyone since you.”

“Then…”

Taliya shook her head.  “I can’t just do it because it feels good, Luz.  It has to be because I love the person I’m with, and trust them.   And right now, I can’t.  That trust and that love – they’ve been lost.  I don’t trust you.  I don’t feel that I know you anymore.  You believed what Maureena said, believed her lies more than you believed in me, in us.  And that hurts.”

 

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 6-17-2017

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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’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

Taliya sighed. “It’s been a long day – for both of us.  I’m going to bed.”

 

“No,” Luzita pleaded softly.  She stepped closer to Taliya and wrapped her arms around her, and a moment later Taliya was lost in the feel of her lips, soft and gentle, then almost fierce with a growing hunger.

Luzita’s arms and lips – the things she had missed the most, the only things she had been looking forward to when she was heading home from Roseeba Seven – the only things that had drawn her home at all…

And yet she could not quite lose herself in them; she was too hurt, and too mistrustful, and she pulled away.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-10-2017

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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’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

“Don’t lie to me, Luz.”

“I’m not.  Please, Taliya.” 

Taliya closed her eyes so she wouldn’t see the tears in Luzita’s.  “All right,” she said finally.  “You can stay.  But if there is any trouble, you go, not Ayess.”

“You would choose… that… over me?”

“I know what you were like in school, Luzita.  If there’s trouble, I’ll know where it started.”  Taliya was surprised at the coldness in her voice.

“I…”  Luzita lowered her eyes and nodded slowly. 

Taliya sighed. “It’s been a long day – for both of us.  I’m going to bed.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-3-2017

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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’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

Taliya looked down at the collar in her hand and abruptly turned away.  “In the morning I will take you to the planet of your choice, and I will give you money to make a fresh start on a new life.”

“No, wait.  Please.”  Luzita reached out and grabbed Taliya’s arm, turning her around to face her. “Please don’t turn me out.  I… I’m sorry, Taliya. Just, the things she said, she… She made it all sound so reasonable…”

“It’s not just that,” Taliya replied. “The things you said about Ayess…”

Luzita flushed.  “I – I’m sorry.  I… I know how you are, how you feel about other races and… And I was just trying to hurt you the way you hurt me.”


 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-27-2017

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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’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

Luzita reached up to touch her neck, not quite believing that it was bare, that there was no band of metal on it.  Slowly she turned to face Taliya.

“You freed me?”

“You know how I feel about slavery.”

“Maureena said that you told her to sell me.”  Luzita’s voice choked off as she broke down.  “I… She demanded that I pay for my room and board and I had no money.  She wouldn’t let me call you – she said she had talked to you and you said you wouldn’t pay it either, and that you told her to go ahead and sell me.”

“And you believed that?”  Taliya wasn’t sure if she was more angry or hurt or outraged.

“I never heard from you after you left and I couldn’t call you, she had my comm blocked.  And she said things that sounded true – that I was no more important to you than any of the servants, that we were all the same to you.”  There was a pleading tone in her voice.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-20-2017

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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’ snippet of Onyx Sun, in which Luzita accused Taliya of finding her only so she could gloat.

 

“Yes, gloat.  And control me.  Force me to accept whatever miserable freak or low life you come across.”

“For your information, I left home to find you because I missed you, because I loved you.”

Taliya took a step forward and Luzita turned her back on her. “I’d tell you not to touch me, but you own me.  But if you make me pleasure that… monstrosity that met me I swear I will die first.”

“Ayess is my second in command.  Ni will be treated with proper respect due to any person.” 

Taliya’s voice was cold and hard and a brief shiver went through Luzita at the sound of it, but she recovered and snorted in derision.  A moment later she gasped as the cold metal of the implanter touched her shoulder. There was a tug and tingle as the chip was removed, and a moment later the collar loosened and Taliya pulled it from her neck.

“You are free.  That’s why I didn’t bring you to the ship myself: I was getting you removed from the slave registry.”  Taliya’s voice was cold and held more than a trace of disappointment.

 

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 5-13-2017

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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’ snippet of Onyx Sun, Taliya has just entered Luzita’s cabin.

Luzita stared at her.  “Taliya?”

“I cannot believe I found you,” Taliya said softly, suddenly finding it hard to breathe as memories choked out her air.

“I can’t believe you found me either.”

Taliya nearly flinched at the bitter tone of Luzita’s voice.

“Luz? It’s all right. You’re safe now.”

“Why? Why did you track me down and buy me?  So you could gloat?”

“Gloat?”   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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