Broken Slate chapter 10 is up!

December 28, 2010

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The noise of the sea wind was enormous, like the roar of shuttle engines battering his ears. Sun burned the rock beneath him, burned his bare shoulders and back. It felt good. He felt good. For the first time in a long while, he felt safe, his knees against his chest, the stone beneath him, the day open before him. He had knocked a fragment of rock loose and was rubbing its edge with his thumb, squinting at it in the bright light, when Tsilla poked his ribs. “Yow, you’re skinnier than ever. Can’t you make him feed you?”

Martin jumped. He didn’t drop the rock, though. He looked around for his shirt and undershirt, spotted them in a heap on the rocks where he had left them and went to put them on. He rolled down the legs of his trousers while he was at it, and did up their laces. Tsilla scuffed at the sand drifting across the slab of pillow lava.

“You’re not supposed to be here,” he told her without rancor, buttoning his shirt. It’s not like Tsilla ever was where she was supposed to be, these days.

Chapter 10 of Kelly Jennings’ novel Broken Slate is now on the website!

This tense, invigorating novel shows the origin of Martin Eduardo, a “contract” who must battle not only societal discrimination and oppression, but also the indoctrinated restrictions within his own heart and mind. Broken Slate is being serialized online for free. It updates every other Tuesday.

Go here to read it! Or you can start at the beginning.

Read a short story about Martin Eduardo, published in issue 13 of Crossed Genres: Lunch Money.

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