“Apt to Crouch and Hide”: Generations (KIC#2) for #WeWriWa #8Sunday

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It’s a second chance to share a small snippet of my current writing. Most weeks, I tie them back to my WIPpet Wednesday http://www.inlinkz.com/wpview.php?id=355404 post, so reading both can give a deeper peek…

This snippet follows immediately after last week’s WIPpet Wednesday post, “Hidden and Handled”.

Both come from Generations, the second novel in my Kifo Island Chronicles  near-future fantasy series.

Generations Premise:

Can Kifo Island help three generations of a wounded makeshift family coexist despite the forces and secrets that tear them apart, or will time run out for the dying grandmother, the abusive stepfather, and the brilliant, traumatized little girl caught in the middle?

I’m offering eight sentences today. Gladys has just learned that Airisu doesn’t legally exist – there is no paperwork at all to document her, and the implications about why this might be aren’t pleasant to contemplate…but there are still matters to attend to.

“Apt to Crouch and Hide”

Gladys thought that she understood better, now, why Airisu was so quiet, so apt to crouch and hide beneath things, why she’d never heard the girl laugh of even seen her smile. “What must her life have been like?”

Donovan shuddered. “She’s said a couple of things, things I’m not going to repeat, because she said them in what I’m sure was confidence -”
“I wouldn’t ask you to. She needs to have people she can trust in. Besides, what good would it do to know the specifics of what must have been horrible, except for her mother? What we need is a way to make her legally real. isn’t it?”

Can Donovan help Gladys to protect the little girl?

Will Howard find out what they’re trying to do?

Is there anything they can do, in this situation?

If you came by today for Trip and T’Pol – don’t worry. The two of them still have plenty to share, and they said this, last week.

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  1. There are ways to protect her, but… can Gladys be able on her own or bring herself to do them if the steps are what I vaguely remember them being? Either way, it’s a mess. And if Howard is the biological father, that makes an even bigger can of worms….

    • Well, we’ll have to see what Gladys is able to do. Some things always change and evolve as I go along, so even I can’t be sure until I get to that point, and I haven’t yet.

      It’s definitely a mess, and not one that just fades away.

      I will say that Howard is definitely not Airisu’s biological father. Aijo, her mother, was Japanese. Her unknown father was clearly black. Howard didn’t meet Aijo until Airisu was a few years old, so it’s not him.

      Which doesn’t mean he’s going to be willing to just give up his perceived ownership of her….

      • Well, it does help Gladys some if he’s not the biological parent. Some isn’t everything… and the State’s solution could be far worse than what is happening now.

        • Yes, she’s very aware of the dangers that could come from getting the government involved in this situation, at least until they have more information.

          She’s also extremely elderly, and terminally ill. She wants this to be settled before she dies, so that she can be sure this little girl is taken care of and has a legal identity before she dies…

          And it’s looking like maybe that’s going to be unlikely…

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