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I’m continuing my new story, Trapped on Vkani, book 3 in my series . You can read about the planets and their inhabitants in my Blog Post .
Maya and her team had planned to explore the ruins of an ancient civilization in the radioactive Deadlands of Vkani. But a sandstorm buried their shuttle under a thick layer of sand, and they had to dig to the surface to call for help. Maya was pulled out of the sand by a blue scaled alien with curved claws. Jack, is dead, but the two other members of her team are alive.
Some people were confused about the colors. Blue scales indicate a leader. Greens have technical skills, massively built Reds are laborers and warriors. Everyone else has Yellow scales.
You can read last week’s snippet at
“Was he your Blue?” I’ve skipped a few lines, and re-punctuated to fit.
She glanced at her friends. Their wrists and ankles had been tied, and the Red loomed over them; Felix glared, while Hong whimpered. They were out of action, and she had become the spokesperson for the team; she must do her best to placate the Blue leader and keep her team alive.
Facing the Blue, she straightened and said, “My name is Maya Pandita; I am the leader of this expedition to study the ancient cities in the Deadlands.”
“Green or Blue?”
“We do not have those terms.” Hesitantly, she asked, “What is your name?”
“Sa Vittaran Viktu.”
Male, she deduced, and made a mental correction. His cloak had given no hint of his gender, while hers was obvious even under the padded suit.
Marooned on a desolate planet, joining forces with the enemy is their only hope.
Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. They will die if he leaves them in the desert. He cannot leave them to die in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as workers, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. Her knowledge of the ancient script will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house.
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.
The first book in this series
, Book 1,
SciFi Romance. Feisty scientist solves puzzle of scaly aliens.
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