Daily Archives: April 30, 2014

Lowered Levels


A younger Valichii Mirniia... and by that token, something of a younger Valistii as well.

My drawing of Valichii works for Valistii too; they are identical twins (more like them during the Swan Song Series)

Well, my grand plan to work on Courting the Swan’s Song seems to have staggered (I wrote a paragraph last night and one on Saturday, plus… ooh, a bit more back-story Monday evening).  I have however done a few scenes in my Was Variation.  So guess which story you’re getting?  (Yes, Shan, you get more ‘Listii.)

These  eight paragraphs follow last week’s scene.  I included the last paragraph of that post (complete with ‘Listii’s crankiness :-D) for reference.  This piece, as with last week’s, is written from ‘Listii’s POV.

WIPpet Maths 4 +3+0, plus one from last week:

“A hell of a lot better than you’re going to when they let me up.” He glared at Alanii. Bad enough he had to deal with this. Did the man have to add bad jokes on top of it all? “You’re taking longer than normal, Senior,” he said after a bit. “What’s that damned screen telling you?”

“That if you didn’t have the implant, you’d be in a bed next to Kieri Vestimorn, captain.” The man stood up and passed the scanner back to his assistant and walked over to Alanii. “And while you’re doing a good job of hiding it, I suspect you took a T2 before your last dose wore off, milord. You looked blocked more than normal when you walked in here. Seeing Captain Mirniia in the same straits as your son just proves it to me.”

Alanii shrugged. “At the time, the separation was more important. This is only a temporary connection as it is, Koru. Given what we know, it’s not likely that Atyriia will be around for any of us much longer. Does it matter if I burn myself beyond sensing?”

Valistii wasn’t sure if his flinch this time was because of the assistant or Alanii’s words. Someone had to say it, he guessed, but he could have savored the moment a bit longer before having it stated so bluntly. He sighed. “We don’t know that for sure, Alan. She’s tougher than you give her credit for.”

Behind him, he felt the tech reach over and start removing the probe. Instinctively, he reached out and grabbed for the pail Alanii passed to him. All was forgiven in that moment as the man held the pail steady while he emptied his stomach.

Someone appeared with a glass of water. Alanii began guiding him to the recliner. He raised a hand, staving off the man’s attempts to help. “No,” he croaked. “It’s worse if I lay down.” He did let the man support him as he sat at the edge of the chair and gathered himself. Then he took the cup, sipped some. After a few more seconds, he glared at the senior. “You lowered my levels.” That had to be why he felt so much worse than any other time he’d gone through this. He still felt worse, disoriented and strangely achy. Yes, he still had the bruised rib and the broken knuckles, but this was deeper. A half-second of concentration said it had nothing to actually do with him.

The senior medic nodded without looking up from noting something on his computer terminal. “Since you’re involved, captain, you might as well bear some of the burden milord’s son is. Hopefully, this will ease the stress on his system. The boy has overused his ability for a while now. I need to get him stabilized.”

He watched Alanii’s brow twitch. Before the man spoke, ‘Listii grabbed his wrist. “It’s okay, Alan. I can handle it.”

Alanii frowned, but acquiesced. “I know. But it should have been your choice. Does it really matter if Koru buys Kieri a few extra days at your expense?”

It’s WIPpet Wednesday where we post a piece of our Work In Progress at this linky and offer support and constructive observations to our fellow WIPpeteers.  Jump on in and join us.  We’re a friendly group.  Thanks to Kathi at My Random Muse for hosting.

ROW80 Check-in

ROW80LogocopyYou can find an overview above in the intro to my WIPpet.  Since Sunday I’ve done just a bit of writing.  Mostly I’ve read and taken notes (I’m doing a beta for one of my fellow WIPpeteers)–oh, and clean house and my language lessons…  Yay for Duolingo on the iPhone!  With it, I am teaching myself French and Portuguese (well, re-teaching myself French since I need to practice those skills).  I’ve also discovered a way to use Google Translate on the phone to really teach myself Norwegian (yes, I am a linguaphile).

Not much else has changed, just a slow burn in the IRL direction (trying to maintain my happy face here).  Let me present the check-list:

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences see above
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   ignored
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) check
  • maintain active sponsor participation  check
  • energize myself with more physical activity  super workout on Monday; moderate exercise yesterday…  making a point to stand and move more often
  • reclaim my writing space re-shelved scattered books and created more scraps of paper type in 🙂
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) very little
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  I could write a book here, but…   there have been hugs and cuddles, a lot of those…  we need them with everyone else’s ideas of how we should live
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) nada

That’s all to this check-in.  If you’d like to check in with other ROWers, please follow this linky to visit a few.