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27 February 2011 @ 11:07 pm
Old Races Short Story Project: Story #1  

I’m doing an Old Races short story project throughout 2011. This project will deliver 6 Old Races short stories to its patrons, starting with “Salt Water Stains the Sand”, the story of–to quote the reader who asked for it, “the first time Malik lost.” This story has been delivered to the patrons who have thus far subscribed, and I am now pleased to offer you a little ol’ teaser for it.

Salt Water Stains the Sand

My name is Tahira Firaz Galia al-Shareef di Nazmi al-Massri, and today I have killed my brother.

He does not know it yet, but I see it as he limps away over desert sands. He is an exile, lost to his people, and because of that, he is dead. Because of me, he is dead.

It is not how I hoped this story would end.


“He is wealthy and powerful. Respected among the clans. You could do no better.”

“He is old.” A silly argument: I am old. There are very few young among us anymore, not since the Bedouins came to ride their horses through our sands and take the few resources we once called our own. The humans; my father and brother would not be pleased that I know their tribes by name, or that I care. They are all young, every one of them, even their most venerable sages. The most extraordinary see a hundred changes of the season, and I have long since lost count of how many soft desert springs I have witnessed. So: I am old.

But not as old as Amar, who is so old the desert sun has bleached the blackness from his hair. So old that the sandstorms have driven lines into his skin, so old that his scowl reminds me of young mountains, harsh and sharp with their newly-risen ridges. He is old, and has thirteen wives, and I will not be the next.

“Tahira,” Malik says with a winsome note. “Tahira, you must listen to reason. Amar is powerful. He could destroy us if you refuse him.”

The Old Races Short Story Project patronage window is now closed.
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Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on February 27th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
The first page in to RAF, and I already adore Kate.

Can you tell me whether or not I've pledged already?
Geek of Weird Shit: sensualgows on February 27th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
*reads "Salt Water Stains"*


kitmizkit on February 28th, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
Oh good, I'm glad you liked it! :)
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
You have!
Bryantbryant on February 27th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to mention! I just found out about a Kickstarter alternative for non-US people, IndieGoGo. This may or may not fit your model but I thought you'd like to hear about it anyhow.
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
Dude, you rock my socks. I'll take a look at it. Thanks!
Pamelajeditigger on February 28th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
OK, clearly I need to pledge.
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--SHOES! (tersa)tersa on February 28th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Oh gods. I'm like gows--I'm pretty sure I've donated to one of these (I think the Old Races one?) but not the other (Angles?)

Is there any way you can check easily? Or do I need to dig around in my email?

(ETA: Or, y'know, I can check my email and see I have the Old Races pdf in my Inbox. Feel free to shoot me now. ;)

Edited at 2011-02-28 04:33 am (UTC)
kitmizkit on February 28th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
*laughs* No, it's fine, people don't always get them. And I slot every single donation email into an appropriate folder as soon as it comes in, so in fact it's quite easy for me to tell (even if I didn't know your email address specifically, which makes it that much easier because I recognize it when I'm putting the mailing list together). For what it's worth, you have not donated to Angles, according to my records. :)
Mary Annepers1stence on March 3rd, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
just did my pay pal thing for the anthology (at the non-premiere level) :)