26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner
After we all finish eating, we relax on the mat. I wonder what life would be like for Quinn if I were the sort of guy to use Jenesis sexually. She’s indicated more than once that trophies often exist that way. If I lose a match, he could be passed on to someone else. What if…
I shutter. “Jenesis?”
“How do you know so much about Myndi?”
“I told you, my parents were champions. I was allowed to visit my mother. Not to eat her food or stay in her quarters, but I could visit. Myndi did not approve of my mother’s fondness for me.”
“Why couldn’t I see? When I was holding Brydanz by the neck, I went blind.”
Quinn and Jenesis answer in unison. “She has that effect.”
“It’s part of her magic. Myndi can kill ten different ways with little effort, and twenty more when she’s trying.”
“Oh,” I gulp at the answer Jenesis gave. “But my brother is somehow also a champion?”
I look at Quinn. “Does he know I’m here?”
“There should be a way to tell him. I have so many questions. Most of all, I want to know if it really is his fault that my wife and son are dead.”
“I could ask him.” Quinn moves closer to Jenesis, resting his head on her arm.
“We’re locked in here,” I point out.
“Unless,” Jenesis plays with Quinn’s hair, “a young bonus trophy can be required to continue attending training classes. Most fighters don’t care. You could. Sending a bonus trophy to speak with a champion on behalf of a fighter is against the rules. But if Quinn happened to speak to his champion parent, it would be allowed, so long as the champion permitted it.”
“Dad jogs when the class is in session, which puts him right next to the classroom. Do you jog, Master?”
“It’s Uncle Attie, not Master.” I rub my sleep-heavy eyes. “What if my brother refuses to speak to his own son?”
Jenesis looks at me, silently communicating the answer. Death. I nod and look at Quinn.
“Dad likes me. He could only keep one of us, and my sister needed him more.”
Do you jog? What is your favorite way to exercise?
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