#RainbowSnippets: My Tool, My Treasure

Welcome to Rainbow Snippets!

Every Saturday or Sunday, those participating post and share six sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction on their blogs. It can be their own. It can be someone else’s. It just needs to be LGBTQIA+.

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For my own, Leiwell is going to pick up where he left off last week in My Tool, My Treasure. He’s also going to finally answer the question raised about the mysterious voice in his head. To do so, this will run a little longer than six sentences…

There was something disparaging about their regard for their newborn deity. Seraphix was nothing more than a tool, a treasured tool to be used.

*Would you rather be a tool?* The smirking arachnocrat in his head whispered within his doubts. *Or a treasure? Either way you’re an object, something to be used.”

*Shut up, Damian.* The essence mixed up with his own always had to spoil everything. Unlike Leiwell, Damian Ashelocke had a cynical lack of faith in anything, especially people. Worst of all he was usually correct in his dark assessments.

The voice is revealed and yes, it’s Damian Ashelocke, the same Damian who disappeared in Waiting for Rebirth from the Navel and Christopher’s life. (Does anyone remember him? Anyone at all? :)) A lot about Damian…along with Christopher…is revealed in My Tool, My Treasure, even though right now we’re seeing things from Leiwell’s perspective. This is one of the strangest things I’ve ever written, Tales of the Navel: The Shadow Forest, where the characters are all intimately connected, yet at odds (to quote Christopher’s coming conversation next Monday). Damian’s fate, how Christopher tries to steal him back are equally surreal. I’m not sure how much of this story will be contained within My Tool, My Treasure and how much will spill into Web of Inspiration, the fifth book in the series. Tales of the Navel: The Shadow Forest is a fantasy dreamworld inspired by Tarot card imagery, my attempt to craft a story and a journey based on the pictures in the deck, perhaps the most daunting task I’ve ever set for myself, but one I’m the most invested in. 🙂

6 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets: My Tool, My Treasure

  1. Oh! I had no idea it was Damien! – I love the way your characters intertwine with eachother but remain utterly themselves at the same time! 😀

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    1. Aww, thank you! The Shadow Forest is one of the weirdest things I’ve come up, along with the shadows that emerge from it. I often worry that I’m not doing either justice, conveying just how complex this vampire-like beings who feed on thought, memory, emotions, and ideas, becoming more real as they do are. (wry grin) Damian Ashelocke was an extremely strong-willed person, growing up in the iron grip, yet velvet touch of his Aunt Duessa and her many fingers, so he remains a very distinct presence within Leiwell as well as a constant reminder of what Leiwell did to become a person. (wry grin)

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