Gosh, it’s been a while since I posted a snippet from a work in progress!
Astute readers of Farryn’s War may have noticed that there seemed to be one more human on Tolar than could be accounted for. Here is a bit of her story, which takes place in between The Marann and The Fall. The working title is… Stranded. Tell me what you think:
Alexia groaned at the pounding in her head. I should not have drunk so much champagne at the ball. She wrapped her arms around her head and curled up on her side.
She froze. On her side? Gravity? The lifeboat. She sat up and threw her arms out as the world spun.
“Hold on,” said a woman’s voice, in English. A hand took her arm. “Take it easy.”
The room steadied, and Alexia blinked up at a woman with startling blue eyes and very long, wavy brown hair. She wore a simple blue robe with white embroidery at the collar and cuffs, and she smiled down with an amused expression on her face.
She was pretty enough. Alexia looked closer. Freckles! What sort of woman allowed herself to sprout freckles?
Not one Mamá would allow her to associate with. She jerked her arm away.
“Feeling better?” the woman asked, one eyebrow lifted.
“No.” Alexia frowned. The fierce pounding in her head put a hair trigger on a temper which, her dueña loved to remind her, was already too easy to set off. “Where am I? I was in a lifeboat–” she swallowed “–freezing to death. Who are you?”
“Oh! I’m sorry, introductions are in order. I’m Marianne Woolsey. You’re in the stronghold of the province of Suralia on the fourth planet of Beta Hydri. And you are…?”
Alexia rubbed her forehead. “Beta Hydri? We should not have been near Beta Hydri.”
“And you are…?”
“Alexia Victoria de la Cerda y Aragon.”
“Welcome to Tolar. May I call you Alexia?”