Saturday, December 22, 2018

Their lives are going in two different directions. #8Sunday snippet from TAYRYM #GalacticDefenders #scifirom #LGBTQ


Hello and welcome to another Weekend Writing Warriors post!

Thank you to everyone who came to visit me last weekend! This is the last snippet I'm going to share from TAYRYM, the fourth Galactic Defenders story. Next weekend, I'm busy with family stuff, and in January, I'm going to start sharing from a new story. 

Set-up: In last week's snippet, Tayrym and Guri had barely seen each other since training started. In this week's snippet, both Tayrym and guri have been given their first assignments. Tayrym in comtech, and Guri as part of Juliet squadron. And Tayrym just found out that Juliet squadron is about to be sent on a very dangerous mission. (Edited from original to fit.)


With his forehead against the wall, Tayrym pressed his palm against the hard surface and banged his other fist on the wall. Tears streamed down his cheeks. Why had he been so adamant about becoming a Defender? He had no athletic abilities. Bryce knew how uncoordinated he was. Why hadn’t he stopped him? Why in the universe had the former Defender gone along with the idea that Tayrym would make a good private? But mostly, why hadn’t Tayrym taken his new relationship with Guri as a sign to change his dreams? Nothing had gone as he’d hoped, as he’d planned. Now they were being driven further and further apart, and he could do nothing to stop it.

*Author's note: I promise you, this is a romance with a happily ever after. Tayrym and Guri will eventually get there, but it doesn't come easily for them.



Tayrym has dreamed of becoming a Galactic Defender since meeting the infamous Bryce when he was just a boy. Finally an adult and awaiting the day cycle he is set to leave for training, Tayrym learns his long-time crush shares his affections. Now, he’s unsure whether he wants to leave, which dream matters more.

With the threat of being sent away for his sexuality haunting him, Guri keeps his feelings for his former classmate to himself. Even with a new progressive ruler on Hemera, he still hides his attraction to the young man. But when he catches the other shadowing him, Guri decides to take a chance. The only problem is, the man of his desire is leaving the planet soon. Possibly forever.

With obstacle after obstacle in their path, will Tayrym and Guri ever have a chance to be happy together? Or are they destined to fulfill their dreams light years apart?


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24 comments:

  1. Often, the best intentions don't work out exactly as we'd hoped. The best happy endings also often come after intense Sturm und Drang, when the couple has had to work hard for it instead of easily getting it.

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    1. Very true. And they both definitely have to work hard to get their happy ending.

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  2. A good friend doesn't stomp on your dreams. Sometimes, we have to learn the hard way that our dreams don't always come true. I'm sure Tayrym & Guri will find a way to be together.

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    1. That's exactly right, Diane! Yes, after a long time, they do. :)

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  3. Unrealistic on his part to think being a Defender didn't require physical fitness, I'd say! Glad to hear there's an HEA though...interesting snippet.

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    1. He was prepared for the physical fitness, just not the coordination. It's never been his strength. He'd hoped training would teach him coordination, but instead was left behind.

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  4. Ah yes, the lovers must be forced apart before they can reach a HEA. You can't make it too easy!

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    1. That's right. And it's definitely not easy for these two.

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  5. It's often the case that the "obvious answer" hides a load of unexpected and unwelcome details. The question is, can he stay the course?

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    1. That is the question, for sure. And he definitely struggles with that in this story.

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  6. This snippet reinforces my vaguely anti-military snippet today. Once you're in the army, your own wishes don't matter -- you've given control of your life (an the life of your loved one) to a bureaucracy.

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    1. That's right, Ed. They are young and in love, never expecting things to happen like this.

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  7. Through adversity comes strength. Bryce wouldn't have encouraged him for nothing - there must be something he hasn't seen in himself. Great snippet, Jessica. Enjoy the holidays!

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    1. You figured it out, exactly. :) Thank you, Nancy! Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  8. What a heart wrenching scene. Well written.
    Tweeted.

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  9. Poor guy! As a fellow uncoordinated person, I really sympathize. At least I can feel reassured by the promise of happily ever after, no matter what you put them through first!

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    1. Yes, I can relate to being uncoordinated as well. I stay fit, but have hurt myself in the process. Yes, I couldn't leave them without their HEA. šŸ’œ

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  10. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. It's not fun while it's going on, but adversity will make their HEA that much sweeter. Have a Merry Christmas, Jessica!

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  11. I look forward to see how Tayrym & Guri find their way back to each other. :) Great scene.

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    1. Thank you, Karen! This is the last snippet from Tayrym, so I hope you get a chance to read the book.

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  12. Poor guy. He shouldn't have changed his dreams. Glad to know there is a HEA!

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  13. Sometimes the best romances happen when it doesn't come easy!

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