Weekend Writing Warriors, Sunday 25 September 2016 (character interview: The Clone’s Complaint)

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It was one of the nights at the coffee-farm I read that old poem, the one about the curse, where the speaker prays to the dark gods to be an orphan out of story. Story as curse. I like that, but I don’t know what story I belong to.

I’m already an orphan. My parents are not my parents. My gene-parents are more than six hundred years dead. All who knew me the first time are dead. 

But that wasn’t me they knew.

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A prayer out of deep antiquity strikes a chord. Character interview for NaNoWriMo 2016 project The Clone’s Complaint. 

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Weekend Writing Warriors, Sunday 18 September 2016 (character interview: The Clone’s Complaint)

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Martisset’s coming over, straight from the flying-field. I try not to think about that part (just try ignoring that itch, I know) but we’ll be watching pirate dramas. Winter’s closing in, past Storm-Gate; I think I like that holiday best of all. The nights are getting longer, the wind off the Inland Sea bites with fresh chill and blows the first of the snow against the double casements, now closed for the season. 

Lamplight, holo-glow, song. We’ll settle ourselves in her favorite room, which is not where she sleeps but studies–facing over the battlements of the Shipyard to the grey expanse of the Inland Sea. The bots will dance attendance on us, bringing hot noodles in salty broth, and endless pots of tea. 

Martisset curls up on the divan in a nest of cushions, and offers me the makings for my own. 

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As winter closes in, it’s time for cozy snacks and pirate dramas. Character interview for NaNoWriMo 2016 project The Clone’s Complaint. 

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 11 September 2016 (character interview, The Clone’s Complaint)

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“Sister,” she greeted me, with the double kiss that’s traditional at South Continent weddings, kissed me on one cheek then the other, hands closed over my upper arms. A warrior’s kiss, a sister’s kiss. 

She took the bottle out of her rucksack. “Let’s drink to the wedding beyond the Dread Gate.” 

I stared. You know there are stories of marrying the dead, and none of them end well. 

But no one of whom such a tale is told can resist.

“Come on,” she said, “I have a boat.”

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An invitation to a wedding beyond the Dread Gate. From character interview for The Clone’s Complaint (NaNo 2016).

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 4 September 2016 (character interview for The Clone’s Complaint)

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I shrug. “You have everything you need.” Martisset’s parents, the Master of the Yard and the auditor, have all the evidence. Of course, this means Tethys has it as well, by kinship and by right of her position in Planetary Logistics.

We’ll see how much that weighs.

“You don’t think that will be enough.”

All right, I am still capable of shock. Tethys never took note of my opinion before, especially one I did not express aloud.

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The shock of being heard. From character interviews for upcoming project,The Clone’s Complaint (NaNo 2016).

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 28 August 2016 (character interview for The Clone’s Complaint)

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Skimmer-flight isn’t quite the same as rowing or riding. I expected more of it, but I think it’s not the same for me. I can’t forget myself in effort. Yes, the ground drops away, but it’s not as if my own muscles and bones made that happen.

Sweat-blinded, I row through the ache, I push to the point where exhilaration and pain are the same thing, where I am floating in a daze of endorphins, halfway between life and death in a divine dissociation.

Yes. That’s the place.

Anything that will take me there, I want.

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Losing oneself in the effort is the real draw. From character interviews for upcoming project,The Clone’s Complaint (NaNo 2016).

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 21 August 2016 (character interview for The Clone’s Complaint)

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Oddly enough for this body being borrowed, I’ve always fit inside its skin quite neatly. It took things with grace, or maybe it was that I had references enough to know exactly what it would do as I grew, as I aged: I would be thus-and-so tall, properly nourished; if life did not provide me with shocks in excess of what my progenitor had weathered, my hair would silver at the rate of hers.

At forty, she had silver woven into the black, like ornamental strands of silk. 

At forty, my hair was glossy and black as night.

Not as large a hint as the lack of a scar, but as I think on it, I know things really did go differently for me and for my genetic original.

From the age of four or five, I knew what my adult frame would look like. No surprises there, unlike Martisset who was a random’s Random. as if to make up for her atypical coloring, the family bone structure wrote itself in hard bold lines, so that she always looked like a sketch or caricature of an Astok. Yuki used to comfort her that she’d grow into that face. 

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On knowing one’s future in a borrowed body. From character interviews for upcoming project,The Clone’s Complaint (NaNo 2016).

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 14 August 2016 (character interview for The Clone’s Complaint)

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Curl it tight, seal the vial once more, loop the chain and drop it into the pocket on the inside of my inner tunic. 

Yes, close to my heart like a secret, closer even than I carry the dagger or the libation-knife. 

The only reason I didn’t write in blood is that it’s traceable.

The rite of adoption uses blood and beeswax, yes, bees like the ones in this inner garden. In the South Continent hinterland, there are no bees. There are other pollinators, of course, and there’s a whole ecosystem of plants and animals that have nothing to do with us. They were there long before we arrived here and they’ll probably be here long after we leave, by whatever path.

Thinking about really deep time is comfort, time so deep there are no humans in it after a while, in either direction.

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The only reason she doesn’t write in blood is that it’s traceable. From character interviews for upcoming project,The Clone’s Complaint (NaNo 2016).

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