I almost didn’t post this week as I was terribly behind on reading others. It’s a manifestation of the depression from all the crap going on at work. they pushed back telling us if our programs were to be deleted so it’s ongoing. Sigh.
But I opted for giving another snippet from Modified and Sacred and trying to catch up with yinz. I know it’s more than six lines. I don’t have the brain cells left to count at the moment.
Deveral wished he could stop blushing every time he looked Addison’s way. The man must have thought all Fyrians had crazy chromatophores. At the moment, his were pulsating to the music Addison shared with him.
Colors bloomed and receded to the beat, flaring even brighter whenever he looked at Addison.
“I had no idea your skin would do that.” Addison sounded amused as he gestured to Deveral’s face.
“The chromatophores are autonomic. They evolved to trigger by sounds and sights of threats and whenever we’re excited or are aroused.” His skin had to be full color with that admission. “Music does trigger the reaction. I hope it’s not too distracting.”
“Not at all. It’s…fun. You appear to be enjoying the music with your whole body. It’s not just primary blues and purples either. There are so many little colors hiding in there. Humans must seem so boring in comparison.”
And this idea came after running across this video years ago where someone set the chromatophores in cephalopods to music.
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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