From saga novel Righteous Anger by Lynda Williams.
Ranar raised a hand to touch Di Mon's arm, making him flinch away with a look of thunderous affront. Had the Reetion no sense! to betray familiarity like that in front of Branst!
Branst mised any suggestion of intimacy in the aborted act. He said, instead, with grim humor, "You could lose a hand that way, Reetion. Or worse."
Di Mon is nervous about being discovered to be gay for good reason: Gelack culture would punish not only him but disgrace his house. Ranar is from Rire, where homosexuality is a normal, accepted option. It isn't always easy for Ranar to remember to be duplicitous, for Di Mon's sake, under stress.