In these snippets from my sci fi rom, Alien Contact for Kid Sisters, Quinn is the antihero, a petty crook and conman masquerading as a Royal Guardian. He has led Marianne Harmon, the queen’s sister, to an old, abandoned town from before his people ‘hopped’ to our Earth.
Marianne and eleven-year-old Delfina (Elfy) use one of town’s automated tailors to get clothes appropriate for their long hike. They’re speaking the Kwdran’s language, with Marianne understands . . . but not necessarily the slang. We’re in Quinn’s POV.
He’d seen these same clothes on hundreds of young Kwadran women: navy blue, knee-length skirt and white long-sleeve blouse of ultra-soft twag cotton, with a butt-length cape for warmth. He’d never seen them on Marianne Harmon, though. She looked even better than before. Now, she seemed attainable.
“Captain Charleyjohn likes the way you look, Aunt Marianne.” Delfina twirled. “Do you like my jumper, too?”
“You didn’t even look.”
“You’re the dashiest viva who ever strutted these halls,” he told Marianne.
Marianne narrowed her eyes. “Dashiest viva . . . is that another insult, like klootch?”
“Why do you even ask that? I’m an officer and a gentleman.”
“Officer, yes. Gentleman . . . ?”
Elfy giggled louder. “Dashiest means ‘most beautiful’ in street slang. I told you he nudges the orca for you.”
When Marianne’s brow wrinkled in a suspicious frown, he expected her to ask what nudging the orca meant. Apparently, though, she knew it meant having a crush, because she asked, “Is dashiest a word you’d use to describe a klootch?”
Quinn said, “No,” at the same moment Elfy said, “Maybe.” He stared down at the girl, who met his gaze saucily.
Just one more day!
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Alien Contact for Kid Sisters
Fleeing murderous rebels, the queen’s sister finds a hero to save her.
Or is he kidnapping her, instead?
Marianne is sick of being just the kid sister of the famous queen of Kwadra Island. Although she daydreams about being a warrior, when rebels bomb the royal ball she’s shunted to one of the many tunnels that honeycomb Kwadra, where she awaits a captain of the valiant Royal Guardians.
Quinn, a scam artist fleeing the police, dons the uniform of a Royal Guardian killed by a tunnel collapse. When Marianne mistakes him for her bodyguard, Quinn can’t decide whether to save the feisty maiden, fall in love with her—or kidnap her. With bloodthirsty rebels pursuing them and a treasure map in his pocket, what will he choose?