I’ve taken a break from posting snippets for several months. During this interval, I have slowly been writing the 6th book in my SciFi series, Taxyon Space. I pursued new skills in making videos and AI-generated art. My husband and I also spent three weeks in Hawaii, visiting three of the islands, Oahu, Big Island and Kauai. You can see my pictures and videos on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and Pintrest.
My snippet is taken from the beginning of the story, Karrik, and shows the problems faced by the protagonist. Karrik lost an arm and a leg in battle and survives in a semi-comatose state. His older brothers made a sacrifice to arrange care for him. Their stories are described in the earlier books, Alarik and Baswin. The brothers are aliens, Warrish ‘mermen’, and the elite in their society despise physical deformities.
Note, the story is still incomplete and has not yet been edited.
He lay alone.
Memories stirred in his fuzzy mind. They called him Karrik. Was Karrik his name? He could not remember. His befuddled thoughts oozed as slowly as molasses in a maze. Words emerged at random. Remembering terror and pain, he whimpered.
The hammock rocked beneath his aching body.
People came and went.
Ten sentences, and a few more:
They wore white robes and pleasant faces. They touched him with gentle hands.
Their mouths opened.
He heard sounds. Meaningless babble interspersed with a word he recognized.
One or two at a time, people walked in and spoke to him. Their voices were as clear and cheerful as if he were a baby.
He understood a few simple words. But often, the meaning floated into his mind long after the people had left the room.
I hope you can appreciate why this story has been difficult to write. In addition to Karrik’s slow recovery, I have to continue his brothers’ stories. The two earlier books, Alarik and Baswin, both end with the brother and his favorite human woman traveling to the aliens’ planet.
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