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Rainbow Snippet for 7-24-2021

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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.

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.

“Do you have anyone you want or need to contact, friends or family or anyone, to let them know that you are alive and well and free?”

“I have no family. Not in a sense that you would understand, with a mother and father. When Denni called me an ‘it’ and said that Araxians do not have sexes he was semi-correct. We do not have male and female.”

“Then, how…”  She stopped. She wanted to ask how they procreated but that seemed to be too personal and she flushed.

“We do not have males and females because we are all both.”

“Hermaphrodites?”

“I believe that is your word for it. We don’t have one because it just is.” Ayess smiled. “It is said that when Araxians first met humans we thought that males and females were two different races.”

“We must be as confusing to you as you are to us.” She smiled. “Thank you for answering the question that I didn’t ask.”

“Why didn’t you ask?”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-17-2021

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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.

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.

“Don’t leave before I come see you in the morning,” Josul said as he dropped the two of them off at the Onyx Sun.  

“I was hoping to secure a cargo before we left,” Taliya replied. “So no worries there unless someone has loaded my ship and left me an advance and a contract. And since I’m really tired of mystery cargo I sincerely hope that no one has.”

 

As Taliya and Ayess boarded the ship she was nearly overwhelmed by a rush of emotions from it, a swirling mix of things that she couldn’t sort out: fear? horror? anguish? terror? guilt?  All of those seemed to be involved and she wished she could talk to the ghost and find out why. 

“Welcome aboard, Ayess. Let me give you a tour of the ship, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.”

 “May I ask…?” Ayess hesitated, not sure what ni-es boundaries were.

“Ask what?”

“You mentioned a ‘mystery cargo.’ Is it something real?”

“I’m not sure. The ship belonged to a smuggler before he was arrested and I bought it from a broker. A whole lot of people think there is still something on board but no one will tell me what it is, other than it’s rumored to be some sort of experimental weapon. And the ship has been gone over by the broker and at least two different law enforcement agencies and no one seems to have found anything. All I know for sure is that the ship’s scanners have an extended reach and that it’s a lot faster than it has any right to be.”

“And that is the danger that you face? People wanting a cargo that isn’t here?”

“That pretty well sums it up, but the ship has a new identity so it should be safer than it has been.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-10-2021

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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.

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.

As soon as the change of ownership had been acknowledged by the slave registry and Ayess was legally Taliya’s property she dropped the formal politeness she had been using to get through the transaction and turned to the Araxian.

“Ayess, I would like to apologize for the handler’s words. You are a person, not an ‘it’ and that was wrong of him.” She spoke to Ayess but the words were directed at Malinda as much as they were the Araxian.

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

“What is your word?”

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

“Thank you. I will try to use them instead of he, him, or his.”

As they left the building Ayess tilted ni-es head. “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 her in her laughter. “I do not mind if you think of me as male or refer to me as one,” ni assured her. “I do not find it offensive. And, after all, I am taller than you are.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-3-2021

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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.

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.

The door opened as he finished speaking and Malinda advanced on him. “What did you call her?”

“Ayess called me by my name, as instructed,” Taliya replied, stepping between the two of them and holding the older woman’s gaze steadily. 

“In this house, owners are shown proper deference,” Malinda replied.

“Then let us go finish the ownership transfer and we will leave your house.” Taliya finally realized why she did not like Malinda: her attitude of superiority, especially toward non-humans, reminded her too much of Maureena.

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-26-2021

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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, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

The man flushed. “I mean they don’t have male or female parts. The boss can explain it better.”

“And I’m sure Ayess could explain it even better than she can,” Taliya replied coolly. She waited until the others had been escorted from the room and when the door closed she turned to Ayess, wanting to apologize for the man’s behavior. 

Ayess had risen, and she took a moment to get her first look at the rest of the Araxian. Powerful legs surrounded by a skirt of knee-length tentacles terminated in large flat webbed feet, and her head was just above mid-chest, but it was the look of humor in the large dark eyes and at the barest hint of a smile at the corner of the reptilian mouth that caught her attention, and she tilted her head curiously.

“I have never seen anyone put them in their place so well. Thank you, M… Taliya.”

The door opened as he finished speaking and Malinda advanced on him. “What did you call her?”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-19-2021

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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, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

“I will be taking Ayess,” Taliya said, nodding toward the Araxian. “You can take the others to their quarters.”

“Yes, Ma’am.” One began unlocking the wrist cuffs holding Nesha and Jondu to their tables.

“Do you want us to unchain it, too?” the other asked, nodding toward Ayess.

Taliya bit back her anger. “Yes, please,” she replied. “It would make it much easier to get him to my ship that way.”

“I suppose it would. But this one is an ‘it’ not a ‘he’ – its race doesn’t have sex,” he said as he undid the wrist cuffs.

“I’m sure they do,” Taliya replied. “Or else there wouldn’t be any new Araxians and the race would die out.”

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-12-2021

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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, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

Taliya reached across the table and touched Ayess’ hand gently. The Araxian looked up at her, startled by the gesture, and managed a tentative smile.   

“Whatever it was, it was gone. I performed funeral rites for the others and fortified our base in case whatever it was came back, and sent a message to the company that had sent us there, and also a distress call. A ship made contact with me and I thought I had been rescued. Instead, I was captured and sold.”

 

 

 

 

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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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