Karrik, an alien merman, lives in a small room in a hospice on his home world after being crippled in battle. Because their society is intolerant of physical weakness, his brothers, Alarik and Baswin, paid for his care by serving as spies on Earth. Alarik has just returned from Earth and is visiting Karrik for the first time in many months. Karrik cannot speak more than a stuttered word. You can read last week’s excerpt here: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2023/03/gestures-instead-of-words-excerpt-from.html
Alarik gave a rueful laugh. “Our disguises worked well for half a year. We sent reports to the Triarch about the Earthers. He was especially interested in their sentiments about Warrish. They call us alien mermen.”
“Urg?” Karrik arched his eyebrows.
“One day, some of the Earthers detected the Triarch’s holographic transmission to me. Baswin and I had to flee. By good fortune, I had already hooked a flight to their red planet. I took passage on their space ferry to the outer planets and dove into cover in our Watcher outpost in the oceans of Europa.”
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Karrik spluttered a question, “B…Bas?”
“In our last conversation, he said he planned to swim to our embassy on Earth.” Alarik rubbed a hand over his face. “I don’t know where he is. He did not reply to my last message. Perhaps he has no privacy to transmit a message safely.”
Uttering a groan of distress, Karrik squeezed his brother’s hand in sympathy.
Karrik Kenton Tallis, Third of the Flaming Comets, endures a miserable existence in a hospice on his home planet. Unable to walk or speak more than a single word, he misses his older brothers and is unaware of their sacrifice to ensure his care. He cherishes a faint hope of recovering his health.
Karrik’s life improves when his brothers return to Rishalt with their human companions. Alarik, First of the Triad, is escorting Phoebe Wong with her brother and a mysterious alien object for an audience with Prime Jadel. The middle brother, Baswin, is traveling home with Holly and Rosie Moon. The Moon sisters are enrolled in an experimental program to train human psychics to navigate in hyperspace and relieve Earth’s governments of their onerous reliance on Warrish tripilots. Rosie, a psychic healer, desires to help Karrik despite the conflict with her duty to humanity.
But the water world of Rishalt holds many hazards, both above and beneath the waves. Can the alien treasure help the three brothers to conquer the challenges and unite with their chosen partners? Read the scintillating story of the Flaming Comet brothers to learn the answers.
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