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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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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. 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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Rainbow Snippet for 3-27-2021

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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.

Josul waved that away. “Easily fixed. It’ll take me less than an hour to reset your frequency to one that’s unassigned.”

“And you just happen to have a list of unassigned frequencies?”

“I might,” he replied, grinning. “You’ll need a whole new identity for the ship, though, and that will take a little longer – we’ll have to register it under its new name and identity signal, and rename your company. What is your company name, anyhow?”

“Cygnet Shipping.”

“Cygnet Shipping? Cute, Swann, real cute.”

Taliya shrugged, grinning. “It was that or Ugly Duckling Enterprises, and that just didn’t quite convey the image that I had in mind.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-20-2021

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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.

“My mother and I had a falling out. Actually, I walked out and she told me not to come back.”

He waited.

“She sold Luz. She kept me away on business until Grandmother died and she could take over the House and then she sold Luz to an off-world slaver in a merchant fleet.”

“Oh, Tal…” Josul shook his head. “What are you going to do now?”

“Make a go of my own business and then contest her for the House.” There was an uncharacteristically hard edge to her voice. “But first,” she said with a sigh, “I have to be able to actually do cargo or charter runs.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-13-2021

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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.

“Arescar?” Startled would have been an understatement but he recovered immediately. “That’s… odd.” Taliya could see him turning the information over in his head, trying to connect the pieces. “So what brings you here?”

She took a deep breath. “I need you to hide my ship.”

Josul raised an eyebrow. “Hide your ship?”

“I need a new identity signal. I have mine disconnected at the moment so they couldn’t track me, but I can’t do that and do cargo runs.”

“No. Most places prefer that you have a legit identity.” He stared at her. “Do cargo runs?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 3-6-2021

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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.

“All this over a used ship?”

“It used to belong to a smuggler, Derring Hessen, who apparently was carrying something illegal – something that everyone apparently wants to get their hands on, but no one will tell me what it is. And here’s the thing – the ship has been searched by at least two, probably three, different law enforcement agencies and neither one found anything. Not to mention that it would have been checked out by Vastyne’s before it was sold.”

“And Hessen?”

“Cooling his heels somewhere very secure and very secret, accused of smuggling marjicia root. Trouble is, he was picked up several sectors away from Moraze in the Arescar Sector.”

 

 

 

 

 

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