Being a diplomat
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.
Not that dating should be his focus. He would use his time to learn how to integrate himself into an unknown society before entering Harvard University the next fall. He planned to get his degree in political science with an emphasis on diplomacy. Being a diplomat was all he had ever wanted to be and in seven to eight years, he would be able to begin his career. All he needed to get was a master’s degree and an appointment from the Prime Minister of Earth. And hopefully not get caught up in Earth’s alliance gig——mating Earthens with someone on a distant planet.
“Terrance Hugh MacGivens,” said a computer voice. He winced. He hated the name Terrance.
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.