#RainbowSnippets #ScienceFiction Twenty-Four 12/9: Dead by Dark
Last night, I managed to type those hallowed words for any writer working on a manuscript: The End. Then I went to bed so the plot bunnies could run amok again in my head. But that manuscript isn’t ready for sharing (aside from the beginning chapters) so I’m sharing again from Surrogate: Hunted, which is due for release in February.
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The Setup: Etain and Brigit have run into a cultural/ language barrier with their Cycalk owners that might well land them in the local meat market.
Tip: If you want to know what Ytr and Atz are saying in this Snippet, try the Surrogate Language Primer. The words are arranged in simple alphabetical order for easy searching.
“She’s my god child.” Etain drew Brigit to her. “I won’t abandon her.”
“God child?” Atz stared at them. “She not your lover?”
“Ick! No!” Brigit pushed away from Etain when she translated. “She’s like my mom.”
“I’m like her mother. Please don’t separate us.”
“Tyn brval Atz.” Ytr sat back smiling. “Nabata badyan.”
“Nabata badyan?” Atz’s excited voice boomed through the courtyard. “Trn! Trn!” His voice faded, but Etain kept listening until Brigit touched her arm.
“I— I’m sorry.” Her eyes brimmed with tears. “I really screwed up.”
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