This got really long, so I’m breaking this tag up into two parts.
I’m a bit boring, so I thought I’d use this as a fun writing exercise and get two characters from my second novel Third Wave (unpublished and most likely unpublishable) to answer it.
Third Wave is a science fiction novel about a space taxi driver who falls in love with her accountant, who has been sent by the shipbuilding division of the military organization known as the Union as an unwitting accessory to try and find an excuse to repossess her ship. Warning for LGBT (heavy on the L) themes and cussing.
The scene: two women are sitting at a table in a nondescript room, facing a screen that is showing an abstract design of undulating blues and greens that is supposed to be calming. The smaller of the two is scruffy and compact. She might be called cute if she wasn’t heavily pierced and elaborately tattooed. She’s got a headful of colorful dreadlocks and hair extensions and is currently chewing on a stick of some kind of dried meat-like substance while wriggling out of her disreputable sweater to reveal a violent green bustier. She has a brace of two crossed blasters with metallic blue inlays strapped to her back. The woman beside her couldn’t be more different. She is tall and slender, sitting ramrod straight and immaculate in her navy blue uniform, which is displaying a number of rank badges that indicate she is quite overqualified to even be in the same room as the woman at her side. As if in protest to the scruffiness of the pilot beside her, the officer’s lemon-blonde hair is pulled back into a tight, undecorated twist.
The two of them look up as a voice greets them from the screen. It is female and homey, carrying a twang reminiscent of old country ballads.
Millie: Hello there, how are my two favourite gals today?
Kit: (jumps up, spewing out her jerky stick) Just Skippy! I’m here with my two fave gals too, yanno. Um well, uh, my fave gal and the finest accounting mind in the Union. (falls back into chair and attempts to assume a casual pose, belied by her red face)
Elaine: (glances at gnawed bits of jerky decorating the table before addressing the screen) I am as well as can be expected under the circumstances.
Mille: Good to hear that. Now, about why I called you here. It looks like Kit’s about 10,000 sols short of her payment on the Kinsey Six this month-
Elaine: (glares) What happened to that job delivering pizzas for LaLaZa your company arranged for you?
Kit: Aw scrap, that wasn’t my fault. (reaches into bustier and starts playing with her nipple ring but is frozen by another withering glare) Okay, so I wrecked their graviton bike and there may have been an incident with kind of, um blowing up the customer’s base and not actually collecting any money, but they attacked me first and the bike’s specs were shite to begin with.
Elaine: (looks as if she’s getting a headache) That’s because you insist on piloting every vessel you get put in charge of like you’re racing against a bunch of maniacs.
Kit: Look who’s talking, Miss Navigator-for-Team-Firebird! At least I don’t try and get my ass sucked into a black hole!
Elaine: Waveracing is a well-established sport with a proud tradition that I am honored to be a small part of (expression softens for a millisecond) and point taken.
Millie: Don’t you worry about a thing, dear hearts. We at CHAXUS Interstellar Charters and Taxis take care of our own, and if the two of you complete this li’l ol’ survey, Kit will just scrape up the payment.
Kit: Sweet! Is it like one of those Masters and Johnson thingies? Like with, uh participation? (looks over to Elaine, who is cradling her head in her hands) Are you okay? Um, maybe you wanna lie down? I could scootch over and you could put your head in my lap?
Elaine: That will not be necessary. (straightens her posture) Very well, shall we begin?
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That’s it for today! Here are the questions in case you’d like to do this tag.
1. Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?
2. Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?
3. Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstore) or Amazon?
4. Rather all books become movies or tv shows?
5. Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?
6. Rather be a professional book reviewer or an author?
7. Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or a read new book every 6 months?
8. Rather be a librarian or own a book store?
9. Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?
10. Rather only read physical books or eBooks?
Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments if you try it!