A bit of a change today, as I’m not posting from Jarn’s Journal. (I’ll return to it next week, and it is on my main blog.) This is from a short story I’ve just uploaded to Amazon Select. Roi is checking out a rumor that the colonizing company on Horizon is maneuvering the colonists into debt slavery, and his old friends Timi and Amber, now among the colonists, have put him up for the night in their young son’s room. This is the next morning.
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Timi looked puzzled. “What about them?” he asked.
“Well—between the birds, the worms and the spiders they obviously like animals. Is there a reason they don’t have more conventional pets?”
“Spiders?” Amber moaned. “I didn’t know about those. I’m sorry, Roi.”
Probably just as well he hadn’t mentioned the snake that had been in bed with him this morning, Roi thought. It had been a perfectly friendly little grass snake, but he doubted that Amber would see it that way.
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