The Slaver’s Sister #SampleSunday

I have a special fondness for SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING. It was my drawer novel for many a year: I worked on it, played with it, didn’t care if I finished it, messed with it if I was stuck on another project and just wanted to write a scene for fun. I took out all my sarcasm and bile through Connie’s attitude, and what a relief that was!

But, alas, the day came when everything fell into place and I actually made a finished manuscript out of the damned thing, sarcasm, bile and all.

In this scene, Connie, vacationing with a group on a planet where slavery is legal has fought a slaver to a draw and has learned that one of her “friends” commissioned him to do it. The Shar is a native who has been following her around for (at this point in the story) unknown purposes.

The natives are completely covered with cat-like fur. A “shave-tail” is a native who shaves most of that fur off, wears clothes, and hobnobs with Earthlings.

The Slaver’s Sister

by Marian Allen

sister“So let her register freehold,” the gray man said to the slaver. “Then you can give her a copy of the manual, since it’ll come with a slave.”

Budhi considered for a moment, while I braced myself for fight or flight. I didn’t like his toothy smile, when he finally nodded.

“Let’s talk price,” he said.

I went for him.

The Shar caught me by the upper arms, and held me only as tightly as he had to.

Budhi jumped back at my lunge. When he saw the Shar had me, he began again.

“After all, you ought to be worth more to yourself than you would have been to Mem Moran. You Terrans talk about ‘freedom’ like it’s better than life, or something. Can you really put a price on that?”

“Your sister dates shave-tails,” I said.

Budhi’s jaw dropped, then he wrinkled his nose and wheezed.

“Is he choking?” I asked the Shar. “I hope?”

“Laughing.” To Budhi, he said. “Maybe you should settle on selling her for what your other buyer was willing to pay.

You would get the same commission.”

“But she hit me, and kicked me. I was injured–”

“I’ll give you injured.” I struggled against the Shar’s gray hands.

“I don’t know how much longer I can hold her.”

He could have held me till Kingdom come; there was no doubt of that in my mind.

There was in Budhi’s, though. He reached into his pack and pulled out a book and a triplicate form.

SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING is available at Amazon in print and for Kindle and all free Kindle apps.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Invent an insult and have a character deploy it against another.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Slaver’s Sister #SampleSunday

  1. Jane

    March 8, 2015 at 10:20am

    Good morning. Nice excerpt to start off the day.
    I vote for “Monkey Boy” snarled in an Italianate accent.

    Snow report:
    I have NEVER seen snow disappear this fast before.
    It’s melting faster than the Wicked Witch!

    Hope yours is, too! 😉

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      Marian Allen

      March 8, 2015 at 10:23am

      Oh, yeah — “Monkey Boy” is a good one, Dr. Lizardo! lol

      The snow disappeared faster the last time, with the warm rain breaking it up and all. This lot is taking a little more time, but I think today will finish clearing our driveway, thanks to our dear neighbor’s plowing of it.

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