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Broken Slate chapter 9 is up!

Dec 14th, 2010 | By | Category: News & Announcements

Over on the gazebo, the university orchestra screeched through some elaborate arrangement. Everyone said holder music was awful. Which it didn’t matter to Martin: holder or cot, all music made him ill. Shoulders hunched, he got out of range of the racket as quickly as possible.

Above, clouds puffed into immense blossoms in the bright spring air; here below, ribbons and new flags popped on every pinion and from every window. The green and blue flag of the Republic with its triple superimposed worlds snapped on the flagpole just above the green flag of Julian and the ornate silver and blue flag of the West Country. Martin never could sort out the symbols of the holders’ flags: ancient weapons and tools, various animals, strips of this color over bars of that, who knew what all it meant. Well, Deja – Deja knew what each bit meant, and would tell anyone fool enough to ask.

Down on the lower commons, Martin slipped past a crowd of holder children and their nannies laughing at a crew doing the one about the bears and the dogs, and headed over the footbridge toward the market booths. It was cakes cooking somewhere. He snuffed hungrily.

Chapter 9 of Kelly Jennings’ novel Broken Slate is now on the website!

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 it! 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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