Saturday, March 24, 2018

Uphold the Family's honor? Snippet from RISHALT for #WeWriWa



Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work. Enjoy!

I’m still posting snippets from Rishalt, Book 2 of Taxyon Space, but may move to another story soon.

Blurb
Dr. Nikki Bell is devastated when the Watchers reappear without her alien lover. Why did Kiron return to his home planet without even leaving a message? In search of answers, Nikki jumps at the chance to join the diplomatic team invited to visit the aliens’ home world. On Rishalt, she must contend with the intricacies of Warrish society and an undercurrent of hostility. 
Kiron Arqin Ramis is summoned home by his family to the unwanted honor of a new triad and union with a high-ranked female. Unable to forget Nikki, he endures a perilous exile on a wilderness planet instead of complying with his family’s demands. But, the Triarchs have other plans for him.
Stakes are higher than the lives of two individuals. Earth leaders are desperate to acquire the aliens’ interstellar technology, while Warrish dispute the benefit of an alliance with inferiors. Can Nikki and Kiron pierce the barriers separating them to find happiness with provoking an unequal war?

Kiron has been summoned to his home planet by his family. Note, in Warrish society, adults form triads, units of three men or three women, often siblings. Their families arrange unions (marriages) between the members of a male triad and a female triad. Usually, the Firsts of each triad will form a pair, and likewise the two Seconds and Thirds are matched.
In last week’s snippet, Kiron’s six parents informed him of his “superior reward” - “Our noble Triarch Rostras has approved your new triad for union with three of his granddaughters.”
You can read last week’s snippet here –
Note: I have skipped a few lines in the middle and introduced semicolons to fit.

Unwilling to provoke an argument, Kiron mumbled, “I do not wish for a union at present.”
After a minute of stunned silence, Meldrina shrilled, “Outrageous! You must uphold the family’s honor. Wreckage of your first triad led to our disgrace among the elite of Pucklerakt.”
“Urish; it’s true,” his father added in a tone of mild recrimination, “This match is exactly what is needed to restore our tarnished status.” 
“Father, I did not cause the destruction of my first triad,” Kiron said, fighting off anger. “Nor did I ruin my second, involuntary triad. Yet, I am loath to enter a third triad without a respite for reflection.”
His dear mother spoke up, “Our son has only just returned from arduous duty on a remote outpost; he needs time to adjust to life on Rishalt.”
“Very well, he may reflect for a triad of days,” Meldrina conceded, “after that period, we expect his answer.”

 Rishalt

Rishalt is available for $2.99
Two alien worlds. Two lovers torn apart. Twist the hyperthreads into unity.

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32 comments:

  1. Yikes. Three days? Man, you better think fast. Great snippet, Aurora.

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  2. That doesn't seem like long enough. I wonder if he'll find a way to get out of it with that limited amount of time.

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    1. A drama that isn't resolved until the final chapter!

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  4. Talk about pressure! I guess they really want him to do this.

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    1. In their society, a son is expected to obey his parents.

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  5. Well, a little breathing room, but not much! No pressure :)

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  6. I am so glad he stood his ground. There's hope for Nikki yet!

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    1. Let's say he's standing on shaky ground.

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  7. Talk about pressuring someone. I'm curious to know what will happen in 3 days.

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  8. It's true! Everything DOES come in threes.... *snicker* Nice snippet

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  9. Well he bought himself some time there, well done. Enjoyed the snippet and the tense family discussion...

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  10. I think his logic makes a lot of sense. Wouldn't his family want to make sure he's in a healthy state of mind? Better chances of not disgracing the family yet again if he crashes and burns? Or would that not even cross their mind because the group is paramount over the individual? Really nicely done! What a fascinating society!

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    1. Yes, the group and family honor are more important than the individual.

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  11. Three whole days. Man, that should be plenty of days to put his life back together!

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  12. Wow. You'd think by that point, they'd leave the poor man alone.

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  13. Thanks, Mom. At least, he has a little room. Now, how is he going to get out of the marriage? Good way to raise the tension.

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  14. Let's hope three days are enough to get him out of the predicament. Interesting snippet.

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    1. Well, it will take until the end of the book - rather more than 3 days.

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  15. Great world building and what a complicated society. Three days isn't very long but at least he has a little breathing space. I hope he manages to get out of it somehow.

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  16. So much for a respite... Three days ain't much time to think on.

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