Miles flew down, quite suddenly one day, and practically kidnapped the poor woman out of her semi-retirement. (Ch. 10)
Yevgeniya D’Aubade considered the conjunction of deep brown oxide and invasive cowbane dispassionately. It was serendipity that her garden abutted an area of sulphides and oxides whose dull but determined colours she found pleasing, and chance that a cowbane spore could blow so far west and take root just where its lustrous ochre should so compliment the oxide. But it was also beautiful, a conjunction only South Continent could produce, and both the speckled texture of the oxide and the wartiness of cowbane would lend themselves well—very well, in fact—to micromosaic figuration. She used her wristcom to record the image, but in doing so was obliged to notice the blinking message light. Resignedly she keyed the accept.
“What is it, Mila?”
“Inbound aircar, Yeva. Big and shiny, with stingships.”
Gregor said, “All right, now you can look,” and Laisa opened her eyes and instantly began to laugh.
Mark couldn’t take his eyes off Miles’s blank face–colorless, expressionless. He remembered another blank face just like it, and couldn’t stop remembering; it was bad enough in those first minutes to call up his old early thought-redirecting instructions from his very first therapist. Pay attention to your present surroundings. Identify the trigger.
Not so much a trigger as a bomb-blast. His father was dead. Fifteen years later, time had done what Galen could not.
And one more, much (much) longer:
I won’t quote this one. I’ll just give you the teaser, which you may consider very promising, as I did:
LMB famously has a rule-of-thumb in writing, especially where poor old Miles is concerned — when in doubt, have the worst possible thing happen. But suppose that were turned around, and instead the best thing happened? or best things, unstoppably, in Milesian droves, and for pretty much everyone?
Honestly, could anything be better to start off 2022 than a story where best things happen in Milesian droves to pretty much everyone?
I will add that the writing is okay, but not as excellent as in the By and Rish fanfiction.
If you haven’t got that one, by the way, it is here: A Bit Too Much Good Work.
If you hit “entire work” and “download,” you can download a mobi file and send it to your Kindle (or a different format and send it to any device you like). You may have already known that, but I didn’t, and thanks to Craig, who pointed me to these stories and also told me to look for the download button.