The people of Figor
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.
“No. I have not.” Kail turned to Blair and smiled. “It is a pleasure to meet you Ambassador MacGivens. I am Kail a’Bahn, assistant to the Empeer.”
“Nice to meet you.” Blair held out his hand and was met with a firm handshake. With the years he had as a diplomat, he didn’t show his thoughts outwardly. He couldn’t help but wonder about the people of Figor.
The Figorians use a different 3rd person pronoun than Earthens due to the fact they have no gender. When Earthens refer to themselves, they use the gender-infused he/she 3rd person pronouns. When referring to the Figorians, or in how they refer to one another, the pronouns: xe, xys, xem, xemself (pronounced zee, zis, zem, zemself) are used.
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.