Yay! Finally I have ready my favorite excerpt, that I hope shows the conflict between Ian and Xanthippe in its entirety. As it says in the story, this excerpt occurs while Ian and Xanthippe are talking about Ian's guitar, and Xanthippe does something to tear her clothes; so she takes him with her while she gets some new ones. Sorry it's so long, but it's good, I promise!
excerpt that occurs one night after Ian and Xanthippe had begun sharing quarters . . . a conversation between the lovers. (Ed. Note: text in italics represents either emphasis on a spoken word or a character's thoughts.) Before you read this, you might want to read the background stories . . . although (I hope) they're not necessary for enjoyment of this one.
Another excerpt. Some random time after Ian and Xanthippe have started sharing their bed, Ian has a peculiar dream. If you are confused by the last part of the dream, carefully read the descriptive parts, and hopefully you'll get it. This one's short.
Set right after Ian joins the crew of Xanthippe's cargo liner, this story tells how Xanthippe got her interesting name. Try looking up the name Xanthippe or Xantippe on Google for more insight.
A short description of Xanthippe's character and motives - more background information. It's incomplete; some standards have not been converted, and the Fel is currently inaccurate; as well as the problem that her planet/race have no name yet. Still, I think the important parts are there.
The Purple Alien World as of yet has no name. I know, it's ridiculous, but until I come up with a name for it, I'll keep referring to it as PAW. Well, here's the history of the PAW; backstory which (I hope) explains Xanthippe's people's reasons for their decision. Like the others, it might be a little inaccurate with the dates, but, who cares?
Yet another excerpt. This one is NOT background information, so feel free to critique my writing style. In this one, which would be close to the end of the novel actually, the evil aliens have captured Ian and Xan and are holding them prisoner. (Nope, I won't tell you why. That would give away too much. Suffice it to say, Ian and Xan don't know either, so it's not really that important.) And while they are being held captive, the aliens do some experiments on Xanthippe! (No probing, though.) So see what happens. I don't want to insult anyone, but parts of this excerpt will not make sense unless you know something about space-time and its geometrical representations. Now if you've read 'A Wrinkle In Time' and other books in that series, this will probably just confuse you further, but it involves the concept of a tesserect. If you're interested or maybe just irritated at my long-winded, confusing explanations, e-mail me, and I'll try to explain it in a way that's actually understandable. (I get the feeling it would ruin the effect of the story if I did all that right here.) One more thing, just to make it clearer to readers; I use italic text to represent thoughts (or emphasis on a spoken word, but that would be between quotes). Also, after rereading, I notice that the word 'it' is used a whole lot. To clarify things, a capitalized 'It' means they are talking about the alien, and a lower case 'it' means they are talking about something else. I suppose I'll have to fix that once I come up with a name for the evil alien race.