AD 2400 Firedrake Redeemed Chapter 8

The smell of nine different species of flowers filled Miva’s nostrils as she sat in the freighter’s garden and watched Hichik playing among the gathered greenery. He explored with precision, wings held tight against his lightweight body armor as he wound under the woody branches of shrubs, neck stretched out so he could nose the bases of grasses, herbs and other plants for beetles, rodents or other small creatures. He was very sad to find none...

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I am about to release chapter 8 of Firedrake Redeemed. With this chapter, the story moves into very dark territory. I have tried to handle the material as delicately as I can, without departing from the requirement to "show, don't tell", but judging what is offensive to people, and what is showing too much (or …

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AD 2400 Firedrake Redeemed Chapter 7

Beaucoup rolled across the plains outside New Paris at a full gallop, over a ton of palomino warhorse shaking the land and air with the precise four-beat thunder of his hooves. Guenievre Kozietulski perched high on his back like a race jockey, with only her knees and calves as contact points, and urged him faster. Somewhere he found more speed and power, and Guen had a hint of what it was to ride upon a storm. A fence came into view...

AD 2400 Firedrake Redeemed Chapter 6

Teska Jzakaneth, the tall, auburn haired, tan furred, half-Mrin defense officer of the Clydesdale-class merchant freighter Tara Lane, watched the numbers dance on the combined sensor/astrogation display for the ship and tried to ignore the fact that they were in the deepest level of darkspace. Mostly she succeeded, but the mad twitching of her tail was a dead giveaway for the stress that remained...