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I thought this would be a sweet voyage, a chance to have a bit of home life and do our bit for the Outposts. Maia and Tadr and Felip would have done the negotiation, Xen and Zoi provided technical backup, and I would have been the silent outrider and amused Arna when I was on board. Arna and I would have had a chance to spend some leisure time in each other’s company, which Maia thought would be good for both of us.
Arna was looking outward already from the traveling-circle into which she was born. This would have been a fine time to converse with her about apprenticeship, and think about what she really wanted. Some decisions she could begin to contemplate now; others, she could put off to the natural course of things. Plans made too far in advance are just a story we tell ourselves. You can only plan so far.
That story, what didn’t happen, the quiet and calm I savored in advance, are precisely what I miss.
Speaker is Taryn, diplomatic outrider for the Outposts, bomb squad engineer, jack-of-all trades. She appears in my 2013 NaNoWriMo project, Inside the Jump, as well as the untitled Romance with Rayguns.
The best-laid plans… But we, the readers, are delighted if there’s going to be action and excitement. And I love the title “Romance with Rayguns”!
Amazing snippet, and that last sentence was hauntingly wonderful.
Oh dear, what was that about best laid plans? 🙂