For the sake of an alliance
It’s another wonderful Weekend Writing Warriors weekend! (Sometimes alliteration really works 😉 ) I’ll be posting snippets from Fan the Embers all year long in preparation for it’s release in November. Each excerpt will begin from where the previous week’s left off.
“I don’t,” Blair said quickly. “Both Katy and I enjoy Figor. Your world is clean and the people wonderfully polite. Once the embassy is complete, we will be well-settled for our eight-year tenure as the Earthen ambassadors. My troubles do not stem from Figor, per se.” He cleared his throat and looked the Empeer right in the eyes. “Have you ever had to mate your children off for the sake of an alliance?”
A slight raised eyebrow was the only physical manifestation that his question surprised his host.
It’s 2096, Earth is relatively new to the intragalactic game, and 18-year-old Earthen Hugh MacGivens thinks he’s going to spend a few months on a distant world with his ambassador parents. Instead, he steps onto the planet to find he’s Earth’s selection for solidifying an alliance with the genderless people of Figor—by mating with a local.
Trend a’Bahn is ready for xys life to begin. Xe wants to gain an apprenticeship to a master builder and find xys mate in claiming season. Never would xe have expected an attraction to an offworlder.
While the two navigate claiming season, an undercurrent in Figor emerges. They don’t like anything non-Figorian and they hate what Hugh represents. As peaceful as Figorians are, a fire has been lit. If their beloved Empeer won’t stop such a mating from occurring, they will take care of it themselves.
Hugh came to Figor for a few months and possibly the rest of his life. If they have their say, his life ends now.