Ashes is a short story of steamy love. Approx 4500 words.
He opened his heart to a queen. He thought she trusted him to defend her world from the enemy. Reports indicate she has lost faith and now he has one night to change her mind before she makes treaty with the Formorri. The whole galaxy will be in jeopardy if her planet surrenders. His only hope is to use their love against her.
Nantosuelta left with the Asterean Space Fleet to search for a new world. Her companions rely on her skills to bridge the wormholes of space, but an encounter with an alien ship desecrates the fleet and wipes Nanto’s psychic abilities. Stranded, with starving creatures closing in all around them, Nanto must shed her old ways of thinking to fight a new battle. Survival.
This short story provides the intriguing backstory to a fascinating vegemal character introduced in Marcha Fox’s Beyond The Hidden Sky. Thyron talks in rhyming prose and it was always clear this flora peda telepathis has a very interesting provenance. I loved hearing Thyron’s point of view. Thyron is more ruthless than I imagined - a product of what he knows - and so he has some rapid learning to do as he expands his horizons and discovers he needs to rethink previous conceptions.
I love Marcha Fox’s work, because she is a scif-fi writer who thoroughly explores different alien cultures and philosophies and also ensures they are a natural development of the environment in which they have evolved. I have beta read the fourth book in the Star Trails saga, but this short story was a complete surprise to me and I am happy to say it makes a wonderful addition to the Star Trails universe.