Friday, November 30, 2018

An Audience in the Pearl Pyramid - Snippet from JUPITER for #WeWriWa #SciFi alien world

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I’m back after Thanksgiving to run another snippet from Jupiter, Book 3 in Taxyon Space. Nikki is recording the marine life when Kiron gets a message from their hostess, Sora.
You can read my snippet from two weeks ago here:
I’ve skipped again to where Nikki and Kiron learn why Sora called.
Excuse my minor misuse of punctuation to fit.

Smiling at Sora, Nikki said, “We came quickly, and we’re torn with curiosity.”
“Haste is needed; Prime Jadel has summoned you,” Sora’s gaze flicked from Nikki’s face to Kiron’s, “both of you, to an audience in the ninth level of the Pearl Pyramid.”  
“An audience with Tol-Jadel?” Nikki breathed. As First in the Prime triad, Jadel stood at the pinnacle of the hierarchical Warrish society.
A smile flashed over Sora’s olive-green face, “My exalted mother.”
“Sora, can’t you give us a hint of the Prime’s reason for recalling us to Pucklerakt?”
In her blunt manner, Sora said, “No clue has come to my ears; I swim clear of politics.”
“As we do, by preference,” Nikki agreed. “Whatever Tol-Jadel wants of us, I cannot agree to act against the interests of my people, the Earthers.”
“Her goals are ever subtle; you may be unable to decide whether her demand will benefit Earthers or not.”


A simple hop across hyperspace turns deadly, crushing hopes for a human-Warrish alliance
Nikki and Kiron Ramis Bell are studying the marine life of Rishalt when they are summoned for an audience with the Prime. Tol-Jadel sets them the task of investigating a hyperspace perturbation near Jupiter. They must return to the oceans of Europa and prevent this anomaly from severing the hyperroutes between Earth and Rishalt. But, tensions are rising between Warrish Watchers and the humans on Galileo Station, and Earth’s governments are squabbling over the proposed alliance with the aliens. Can Nikki and Kiron erase the obstacle before their home planets are separated forever?

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  1. The Prime sounds like a perfect politician, giving vague information and letting the public's perception of that information ensnare them into submitting to her will.

  2. Intriguing last line. It'll be interesting to read whether she can keep the interest of her people first.

  3. Ambassadors (even unofficial ones) have to be flexible. I'd turn the page to find out what this meeting is all about.

    1. Turning the page won't give the answer. Sora doesn't know, and you'd have to skip to the next chapter.

  4. Serious problems arise. Interesting to see what happens next.

  5. Love that last line. Hints at depths of dangerous intrigue to come!

  6. I loved the phrase "swim clear of politics" - good one. A fascinating excerpt!

    1. Thanks - it's in line with their semi-aquatic culture.

  7. Staying clear of politics is always a good idea. :D

  8. I love how the line 'I swim clear of politics' puts us in the aliens' POV. Ditto the final line.

    1. Thank you. I try to use marine terms. The aliens' greeting is "calm seas."