Keeping up with the WIPs...Again, I bring you a snippet from my current work in progress, Bengaria's War. This is a story set way into the future, where man has colonized star systems, wages war to steal other Systems, grow cabbages and sword fight, shoot energy guns and fly Nezu-class warships...while drinking tea.
The tale centres around my protagonist, Ryn Bengaria, the daughter of a farmer who finds herself married to a King and at the brink of war as the evil Regent Sibur tries to steal their System. Along the way, they encounter the Nezu colony.
In this scene, Ryn is about to learn a little bit more about herself while visiting her father. In her company, Til, her former weapons master and now her advisor. And as for teacol, it's a strong, bracing liquor made from tea...think single malt whiskey with a green tea flavour.
“Da?” Ryn said impatiently. While a reunion between her father and Til, however intriguing, was not as urgent as why she’d come back home in the first place. “Since when do you drink?”
“Religiously since you got married.” Sul raised his hand gently, urging Ryn and Til to sit. They sat side by side on the couch, while her father chose his favoured armchair and poured out three glasses of the strong, yellow-green spirit. Before speaking again, he held up his glass in a silent toast and took a small sip.
“I’d hoped you would never have reason to find out. But as circumstances have changed so drastically this past year, I’ve lived knowing that one day you’d be here, seeking answers to the one thing I have fought hard to keep from you,” he reached across and laid a gentle hand on her knee.
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