Another horrendous week at work has all but killed my creativity or even my ability to properly promote this upcoming novella.
So have a little more of Modified and Sacred. You met Addison last week. This week meet Deveral who is a Fryian, a humanoid race. Deveral is the titular Sacred, having abilities his people once believed was a spark of the divine. He’s a rather sheltered fellow, living within the confines of the temple system because of his abilities.
Reaching the shrine, Deveral knelt before the roughly carved statues of the Goddess and her Consort. Most of the altar had been carved from the calcite flowstone walls which had continued to grow after the work was done—curtains of white and rust stone rippling down to meet the floor—swallowing up almost all the details but the statues themselves.
He reached up, touching their legs. While their features weren’t as fine as the more modern statues descended from these earliest ones, the smooth, slick marble cooled his fingers as he caressed the Goddess’s face. He prayed silently for the success of his mission, for his people and those he was going to help, for peace. Deveral’s knees ached as he unfurled from the floor, the cold water soothing them as he trekked back.
Lieutenant Addison Hunt is proud to serve the Confederation even if he still feels like he’s on the outside looking in. Addison was illegally genetically modified as a child, leaving him burdened with a sense of shame. Emotionally isolated from his fellow crewmen and recovering from injuries from his last job, Addison is happy to have light duty transporting an esteemed diplomat to a peace conference.
Deveral is one of the Sacred Kin, possessing a psychic ability that his people consider a spark of the divine. Like all the Sacred Kin, he’s led a sheltered life as a temple priest, but his heightened empathic ability makes him the perfect diplomat. Nervous to leave his home, he’s curious about his new companion, Lieutenant Hunt.
Not everyone wants the diplomatic mission to succeed, and a rebel faction poses a real threat to Addison and Deveral. Finding themselves cast adrift on a “lost” colony, they’ll have to fight to stay alive.
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