Mating at 18
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.
On Figor, the term for marriage was mate. From what Blair had gleaned, it was a very intense relationship, unlike most relationships on his home planet.
“We mate at eighteen. It has been proven that overall, a pairing joined at eighteen will last their lives and as a couple, they will be true only to one another.” Xe turned around and leaned against the sill, a strange expression on xys face, as though xe was remembering something that did not quite agree with what xe’d just said. “Twice a year, we hold a claiming season for those who are eighteen. They meet at a specially designed building on both the first and second continents. The four-month process allows them to find and claim a mate. It is unlike anything you may have experienced.”
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.