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.
They seemed to have no gender and their sex or sexuality were subjects never discussed, not even among themselves.
“Should we continue this later?” he asked the Empeer. The balance one had to tread as an ambassador was somewhat like being on a see-saw. He had to stay on the good side of the Empeer, while also making Earth Prime Minister Thompson’s side clear. It was a good thing that so far, he hadn’t had to be a hard ass. The Empeer had shown enough mettle to let him know it would be a clash of purpose.
“Kail, tell Hak I will see xem in thirty minutes. I wish to finish talking with the ambassador.”
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.