~~***~~~Happy Chinese New Year. Welcome to the year of the Fire Rooster!~~~***~~
This 8-10 sentence blog hop is hosted by The Weekend Writing Warriors. (Click the link for the list of participants, or rules if you want to join!)
This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2016, currently called River, Tree, Mountain. It’s science fiction, set on a colony planet, six generations in–with about 10% of the population born “marvels,” who have special abilities like dowsing, healing, or creating fire. The protagonist, Rekka, is a spark (fire), signed a contract with Brenton to provide him a child, and four months later, traveled to the compound where he lives, where a driver dropped her off at her new apartment–the snippets starts with her outside her new home.
Swiping her wrist past the door sensor, she waited until it flashed green and beeped, then pushed the door open, and stepped inside.
“Brenton?” she called. No one answered, so she moved further inside, noting a flashing message light on the refrigerator.
“Play message,” she said, and the screen blinked to life.
Brenton’s blue eyes twinkled out at her, and she could see the strap of bags slung over both of his shoulders.
Her heart sank.
“Rekka, darling, sorry I couldn’t be here to greet you. Last minute trip, I’m leaving the night before you’re going to arrive. Or,” he yawned, “the morning, depending on how you look at it. Welcome to your new home, and I’ll be back in two days, maybe three… four at the absolute latest.”
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Life on the colony planet of Kaibou was going uneventfully until the second generation of colonists was born on the planet, at some, at a young age, began showing various psychic abilities. When those people, called marvels, grew up, many of them formed companies, building compounds to live in and raise their children. Due to population diversity issues, many colonists have children using genetic bank material, or choose a succession of partners. Now on the seventh generation, marvels are born both within and without company walls, and all must work together to use their gifts and make a living on a still wild land. Some of these outsider marvels sign contracts with company marvels, agreeing to give them a child raised within the company, in return for a permanent home in the company compound, a stipend, and other concessions.