Not what they'd planned
Time for more Weekend Writing Warriors snippets. We post 8-10 sentences from one of our works every weekend.
From 3/18 through the end of the year, I’m featuring my upcoming novel: Fan the Embers. Each excerpt will begin from where the previous week’s left off. By the release date in November, you’ll be able to read the full prologue and part of the first chapter.
“The Earthen who stands for your side of the alliance should do the same.”
Blair held his hands up in supplication. “That isn’t what I meant. Thompson has chosen my so—child as the Earthen side.” Hugh was only seventeen, but he would be almost nineteen by the time he came to Figor. While his son wanted to be a diplomat one day, this was not what they’d planned on.
“Ah.” The Empeer’s shoulders relaxed and xe offered a wry smile. “I understand your discomfort. This is the first alliance we have made with another world since the unrest over ten thousand years ago.”
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.