Broken Slate Chapter 15 is up! The penultimate chapter!

Mar 8th, 2011 | By | Category: News & Announcements

Deja took them back to Durbin, putting Martin in the below-stairs dorm there and giving him the worst work in the house, to impress upon him and everyone else how low Martin had sunk. He didn’t speak to Martin otherwise, except when he came around to tell him about the bids he had gotten on Martin’s contract he wasn’t planning to accept. By the evening of the third day, Martin had it clear: Deja wasn’t selling his contract anywhere decent, or to anyone sane.

The afternoon of the fifth day, he was shoveling compost when Deja came from the house and walked off toward the university. Martin watched him leave. Then he stowed the shovel and cleaned up best he could at the garden pump – as the weather was just above freezing, this wasn’t well. He did what he could. Then he went out the back gate.

He walked quickly along the gravel lane between the garden walls, his hands pushed into the pockets of his overshirt — standard contract clothing, which Deja had him wearing now, didn’t run to coats. But he had been working hard, so he was warm enough, though likely a bit smelly. That wouldn’t help his case.

After walking a good distance, he came to the gate, pushed up the latch, and went inside. This garden was nicer than Deja’s: apple and plum trees, moss over rocks. He liked the rocks, and slowed to look at them. The house was also bigger than the one Deja had been assigned, and in better shape. He wiped his boots on the straw mat by the steps, climbed up onto the porch, and knocked at the scullery door.

The kitchen girl who answered did not like his looks. When he told her who he wanted to see, she was even less pleased. But he was firm in his tone, and he used holder grammar; he told her what to do it, and she did it. He wasn’t the only cot who had been taught to obey.

Harper sat in his study, in a big armchair before the fire, handheld against his knee. His shrewd gaze ran over the bruises on Martin’s face. “I heard you’d had trouble with Strauss. Been a nasty kitten?”

Chapter 15 of Kelly Jennings’ novel Broken Slate is now on the website! This is the penultimate chapter of the novel! The final chapter and Epilogue will be posted on March 22!

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 the new chapter! 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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