SFFSat: most of my characters live within serious danger of cirrhosis

Yarrow makes fun of Jules for getting buzzed off noge** instead of ale, and some good-natured competition ensues…

“Sure. That, or you have nearly no tolerance.”He raised his eyebrows at her, leaning back in his chair and looking as superior as Jules could. “I’ll have you know I could outdrink you with any beverage, Bellica,” he said, all seriousness.

“Oh,” she said, snickering. “Really. Let’s test that, shall we?”

They shook on it, and then Ghia, with her always impeccable timing, appeared with the food, asking if they needed any more drinks. Yarrow started a tab and told her to keep the noge coming, for she was going to prove to Jules which of them was more of a woman, once and for all.

Ghia’s face held some affectionate exasperation as she went to fill this next order, and then the Midwinter Yarrow-versus-Jules games truly began.

**egg nog, but with a cooler name because I’m pretentious. 😉

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SFFSat: Cross-dressing in Athering!

After bumping into her in the hallway, Chief Medical Officer Jules asks Healer Ghia what her plans are for Midwinter Eve.

“I’m working at the Cauldron.”

He sucked in his breath sharply, making a sympathetic face. “I do not envy you.”

She gave a bark of laughter. “Please, Jules–we all know you secretly wish you were a short nineteen-year-old woman,” she said, merriment in her eyes as she teased him.

Jules made a moue of astonishment as he held his hand up by his chest. “My secret is out! However will I live now, so malcontented being my old, tall, male self?”

She put her hands on her hips and gave him a once-over. “I’d lend you some of my clothing, but I doubt it would fit.”

From Chapter 2 of Bellica.


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Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, August 13th, 2011: damn know-it-all healers

From Bellica, part one:

“How did you…”

“I’m a healer,” Ghia said, cleaning the bloody cut on the bellica’s hand. “I know everything.” Yarrow snarled, and Ghia would have laughed if it wouldn’t have spoiled the effect. “You know you should be more careful with your hands, as Caelum says. This isn’t the first time you’ve come in here with injuries to them.”