Saturday, August 20, 2022

Nagari again - excerpt from Cobra for #WeWriWa and #SnippetSunday #SciFiRomance


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Sorry, I missed posting last week due to a mild case of covid and other stuff. Since my current wip is word-skimpy, I’ll keep posting from my latest novel, Stung by the Cobra. It’s a scifi/fantasy adventure and romance with sprinkle of Hindu mythology.

Zennia is attending a reception to honor Domina Allia, the new ruler of the planet. Events at this reception give background and foreshadow the rest of the story.

You can read my previous excerpt here:

We last saw Commander Nagari stationed at the base of the dais where his spouse, vain and cruel Domina Allia, sat on her throne.

I’ve jumped over Zennia’s conversation with her friend the librarian to focus on the main characters.

Glancing toward the dais, Zennia noted a smile on Allia’s cruel visage. She lounged in the throne, her arms hanging by her sides. A courtier and two scantily-clad native boys were kissing and caressing her bare arms and beringed fingers. Zennia suppressed a stab of revulsion at her overt depravity. Why couldn’t the deviant princess be satisfied with her consort? But Nagari had disappeared from his station at the foot of the dais. He must hate this abuse of his wedded state.

Somebody touched Zennia’s shoulder.

She swung around to find Nagari, his intense gaze focused on her.

“Curator Shan Zennia,” he said, “do you dance?”

Ten lines and a few more:

“Is that an invitation?” She arched her eyebrows.

He blinked his bloodshot eyes and managed a wry smile. “I wish to talk with you. We can dance if you like.”

Shrugging one shoulder, she said, “I don’t dance. Though I’ll be happy to talk with you, Commander Nagari.”

He winced, unmistakably distressed by the mention of his military title. 

SciFi mystery. Interstellar spy befriends enemy commander in a tragic tale with a happy ending.

Shan Zennia, Senior Curator of the Archives of Galactic Culture on Lumos, plays a dangerous double role as a researcher and a spy for Solarian Intelligence. She embarks on a new mission to observe the spring festival on Harappi, a planet recently conquered by the ambitious Emperor and now governed by his niece, Domina Allia.

Zennia finds unexpected mysteries on the planet, including intelligent animals and the enigmatic Nagari. Once a victorious commander in the Emperor’s space fleet and nicknamed the Cobra, he was forced to abandon his military career when Allia claimed him as her consort. Her abusive treatment has driven him to the brink of madness.

Intrigued by the ex-commander and aware of his value as a source of information on the enemy, Zennia agrees to meet him during the festival of rebirth. Opposing forces clash at the height of the celebrations, catalyzing deadly violence. Can Nagari and Zennia survive the chaos and win a new and happier life?

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  1. You paint a great visual of the Domina. I was worried for Shan when he asked her to dance. I don't think she wants to catch the attention of the Domina.

  2. Why is he distressed by his title. Interesting scene.
    Hope you're feeling better !

    1. Thanks, I am feeling better. Zennia picks up on his distress, and although she doesn't understand why until later at the reception.

  3. She's pushing distance between them, a move that might backfire on her. Glad you're up and about again!!

  4. I caught an instant vibe between the two of them. Hope no one else does. Great snippet! Tweeted.

    1. Yes. Zennia in her role as a spy hopes to gain information from him. But, she finds him intriguing.

  5. I hope that deviant ruler doesn't see them talking. I don't think she's anyone to anger.

  6. He asked her to dance - good sign. She said no - interesting. Tweeted.

  7. Good to hear that you are on the mend. It seems that Nagari sees Shan as a potential ally. I imagine this could put her in a tricky position.