Headed for Extinction
Time for more Weekend Writing Warriors snippets. We post 8-10 sentences from one of our works every weekend.
This is the last #8Sunday post for the rest of the year. Monday starts vacation 😀 For this last 2018 post (and most likely last Fan the Embers post for some time) I’m giving you the scene where the Figorian Empeer reveals to Hugh why they need the Figor/Earth alliance. The Empeer is the first one speaking.
“Figorians are completely unaware that their parent coupling may be completely not biologically related to them. Over the millenia, they have had to splice more and more zygotes. Now it takes approximately fifteen Figorians to create one viable zygote. Our DNA is breaking down at a faster and faster rate and science cannot stop it. We are headed, unfortunately, for extinction.”
Hugh’s mouth dropped open. He glanced from his father to the Empeer. Both had grave expressions on their faces. “That’s… awful.”
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.