Apr 10 2018

J #AtoZChallenge Jenesis #Fiction #SFF

AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZchallenge Letter J on the Blog of author @JLenniDorner

“Wow. Okay. You’re the first alien I’ve ever met.”

“You met Googahlack. That monster was not from Phaeton or Earth.”

She’s got me there. My stomach growls again. “Sorry. I’m really hungry.”

“A first fight is for a trophy. The second fight is for nourishment. Win, and we will eat.”

“Great. What if I lose? I’m a dancer, not a fighter.”

She smacks me. “You came to fight. You will fight. And you will win.”

I rub my cheek. “I didn’t come to fight. I met up with a weird guy named Brydanz at a warehouse. Then I was here.”

“Why did you meet Brydanz? To fight, yes?”

“No. I just wanted to watch and get drunk.”

Her eyes widen as she stares at me. Then she spits in my face.

“What the…,” I wipe off her saliva. “Hey, I thought you were supposed to be a nice trophy! Spitting on me isn’t pleasing.”

“Oh, so sorry, Master Attie of Earth.” I drown in the sarcasm dripping from her words. “You tell me that we’re going to die, that I will die because you are not a fighter, and I am expected to what? Hug you? Pleasure you with my body? Jump for joy? What reaction to imminent death would you like your trophy to have?”

“Death?” I pull the cloth off of my forehead.

“You fight or we die. Brydanz only brings Earthlings who wish to fight. He claims there are plenty of them on your world; he needs only determine which to take. I have heard his boasts many times, for he has held my future in his hands since the day it became clear that I am not a fighter.”

I rub my temples. “You’re not a fighter but I have to be? That’s great. Look, I want to go home. I have children.”

“There is no going home, only fighting. You are a fighter, I am a trophy. My life is tied to yours, to your wins.”

“Until when, Trophy Girl? And why don’t I know your name yet?” I get up and pace along the mat.

“When? There is no when. There are seven champions. That is the highest rank, which is why they live on the top level. Champions can be challenged by any fighter at any time. A champion can only be defeated by death. When you die, I die, unless I carry your offspring, in which case I live until giving birth. As for a name, you haven’t given me one.”

Questions swirl in my head. I grip the cold wall, hoping it would be hard. It feels like it’s filled with gel. Great. This is a padded room. Maybe I’m hallucinating.

“You don’t have a name? Nothing someone has called you since birth? Your mother didn’t give you one?”

“A trophy is named by their winner.”

More questions. I know nothing about Phaeton; and not much about this woman. Her skin color reminds me of the pine cones my mother use to bake and then decorate with, from our pitch pine tree out back. Darker than my wife’s skin, but light enough to show an abundance of freckles across her nose and cheeks. She has thick, wavy brown hair that would resist a baseball cap locking it away. Her eyes, I can’t decide if they’re more green like mine or brown like my wife’s.

“You’re staring.”

“Sorry. I’m trying to pick a name for you. Maybe something with a J? Jennifer? Josefina? Jemima? My wife named our children. How about Jenesis?”


“Yeah. I think it means the beginning, something new.”

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  1. Jenesis is a nice name. I am one of four daughters, all our names start with a “J.” My oldest sister was named JoAnne (combination of my mom – Josephine and her twin sister Antoinette). Second sister was Judy, named by another aunt. I am next, named by JoAnne and Judy because they liked the name Janet (it was a popular name that year because I had 3 other Janet’s in my class at school) and my youngest sister was named Jaye because the neighbors told my mom it had to be a “J.” No brothers but my mom is Josephine and my dad’s middle name was John. Sorry you asked?
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  2. Sounds like Attie is going to have to fight whether they like it or not – but who, or what? Looking forward to finding out!
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  3. Poor guy. Sometimes not making a choice is still a choice…
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  4. Looks like he’s going to have fight whether he wants to or not
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  5. I thought Genisis started with a G, I guess there’s always more than one way to spell a name. J is one of the hardest letters to come up with girl names. Beside all the overly used common names, like in the era I grew up I think I always had two or three Jennifer’s, and Jessica’s in my classroom. I love the name Josephine and I grew up with one and I grew up with several Jacqueline’s. Some Jamie’s, Jodie’s one Jade, no Juliet’s and I adore that name. I didnt know any Juliannes growing up and that names growing on me and Jane is quite popular in my daughter’s age group.
    I was named Melissa as a middle name because my first name is Helene that’s Helen with an “e” on the end. It’s a family name and my mom didn’t like it so she called me by my middle name, which really screws You up later in life — like after you get married and on your drivers license and Passport.
    Your story is great as always.
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  6. I am enjoying working my way through your story.

    My parents selected my name partially because they liked it and partially because no one was naming their children Emily then. About 20 years later, Emily became popular.
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