Date and time
Time for more Weekend Writing Warriors snippets. We post 8-10 sentences from one of our works every weekend.
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.
Coughing softly, he wiped his mouth with the gauze on the back of his hand and sat up. The room looked like every stasis room he had ever been in. Eight feet by eight feet, two CyboPods of which only his was in use. Steel walls. Steel floor. Steel ceiling. One large monitor stood in the corner.
“Date and time,” Hugh said in a raspy voice.
“Earth date,” a computer voice intoned. “Thirteenth of January, 2096.”
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.