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Work In Progress Wednesday – A Little Backstory

It's WIP Wednesday! I thought, since we're nearing the end of my month of working on something new, I would share a little snippet from it so you can see where I'm going with this series. Here, my main character, Vivian, is talking with her mom and I try to convey a lot of history in a few short sentences.

“I’m sorry, Mom.”

“Don’t be,” she says, lifting her head. “I’m the sorry one. I was supposed to give you this house and farm after all of your hard work. I have totally failed as a parent, both for you and for Tomu as well.”

“Mom, Tomu’s actions have nothing to do with you.” I let my fingers rest on Frogger’s head and he licks them.

“What if I had treated him better? Gave him more money, more freedom? What if he had inherited the land and house, like they used to on Earth?

Anger heats my face. “Because we’re the minority here, Mom. Fifteen percent. Fifteen,” I stress. “Because a bunch of idiot men a long time ago decided that men were more reliable and better planetary settlers, so they made changes that almost wiped us out as a race because, oops! Guess what? Men can’t have babies. And lord knows, they tried.”

“I know, I know. I just never thought that I would give birth to an idiot.”

I sigh, trying to dissipate some of the heat of my anger. “As angry as I am at Tomu, I know he’s smart, too smart for his own good. He’s gotten himself in some kind of trouble. I can feel it. I just need to find out what that is.”

Yeah, this has been a lot of fun to write!! I love family dynamics. All of my books have them. This one will be no different.

S. J. Pajonas