Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming promotes optimistic SF -- stories that inspire us to fight the good fight for another day. Committment to larger projects, the writer's sense of mission, joy of reading, the creative campfire of the SF community and the love of deserving protagonists are celebrated. We believe in heroes and striving to be what we believe in. It is also a news hub for content related to the Okal Rel Saga written by Lynda Williams.

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Feb 3, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Feb 3, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Golden Souls by Lynda Williams

Okal Rel science fiction books - withholding bad memories

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From legacies novella Golden Souls by Lynda Williams.

"I have fits of perfect recall, sometimes, under stress," said Amel. "And I remember things I lived through as a child, in the UnderDocks, on Gelion."

"What happened?" Dela asked him, wide-eyed.

His jaw locked and he cast about the room a moment as if for some escape. But he found none. "I don't want to tell you," he said. "I hope you don't even know the words for some of what happened there, to me."

Feb 3, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Golden Souls by Lynda Williams

Feb 3, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Golden Souls by Lynda Williams.

Commentary

Thrust into the society of his Golden Demish kindred, Amel is loath to talk about the bad memories of his past to the innocent Princess Dela.

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Jan 26, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Marriage or adoption?

Okal Rel science fiction books -

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From web-published novella Golden Souls by Lynda Williams.

"Let me make this much clear -- marrying me would expose you to ridicule," said Amel. "It's no honor. I graduated from the UnderDocks to a more wholesome situation as a West Alcove courtesan!" He smiled to help convey this was a joke. "Liege Vrel was one of my clients. She's, uh, finding it hard to adjust. So princess, if I do not propose, it is not for lack of respect for your position. Quite the opposite. Perhaps there is some other way to accomplish the same result?" He thought a moment. "Maybe you could adopt me."

How --" Dela hiccuped and tried again. It helped calm her nerves to stare up at him. He was so beautiful. "How old are you?"

"Seventeen. And a few months. Going on eighteen, really!"

Dela nodded. "Yes, I think I had better adopt you," she agreed.

Jan 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Marriage or adoption?

Jan 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Marriage or adoption? From Golden Souls by Lynda Williams.

Commentary

Golden princess Dela needs to establish a family relationship with Amel if she wants to hang onto Dee Manor, after Vretla Vrel wins it for Amel in a duel with Dela's little-missed, late husband.

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Jan 11, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 11, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote
Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From novella Golden Souls by Lynda Williams.

Dela had heard rumors about places in the empire, beyond Demora, where Okal Rel broke down in wars which destroyed the very habitats fought over, even slaying entire bloodlines so that unbodied souls became stranded forever to extract their bitter vengeance on Okal Rel's violators. The Gods of Earth were also stranded spirits, rendered mad by their forced exile and cruel by their boredom.

Jan 11, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Jan 11, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Commentary

The sheltered Princess Dela, of fabled Demora, is shaken up by news she's going to have a controversial visitor from the larger world of the empire.

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Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 30

Golden Souls 30

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.

Fahanlin


“If Amel is a Soul of Light,” Ril said, in agonized misery, “he must have been degraded beyond all hope of sanity in the UnderDocks on Gelion!”

Ril's grief seemed too large for her to endure. But Dela rejected her certainly. Amel was damaged, yes, but not destroyed. His light had touched her in his guarded smiles.

Suddenly, Dela caught her breath. She pushed Ril from her needing to look her into her eyes, instead. "Ril!” she exclaimed, excitedly. “I know why the Emperor's daughter became The Sacrifice! Why it was necessary!"

Ril stared, her mouth still contorted and her eyes red-lined.

Dela willed faith and hope back into her friend. “The Family of Light has not deserted us,” she said, squeezing Ril’s arms. “The Sacrifice went to Gelion so that Amel could come back to us as he is, now. A bit Vrellish. And less fragile than a purely Golden Demish Fahandlin.”

"Do you really think Amel is …" Ril sniffled, and pawed at Dela's arms. "That he could be …and has not been driven mad by all he’s suffered?"

"We Goldens can be tougher than we look," Dela soothed as she gathered Ril against her with fresh confidence in her resolve. Even the portraits on the wall from the Golden canon seemed to look down in approval and recognize her for their own. “We can be surprisingly strong.”

"Oh Dela, my Princess," Ril's face slowly cleared of its deep burden. "Could I it be that we are blessed, and not cursed, in his coming here?"

“Of course we are!” Dela was struck by a disquieting thought. "But I don’t know how these things work. Since he doesn't seem to know, yet, that he is a Soul of Light, reborn, and possibly even Fahanlin himself — do we have to tell him?"

Neither woman spoke for long seconds. Then Dela decided, “We can think about it later. Tea, first!”

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Golden Souls by Lynda Willams – Post 29

Golden Souls 29

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.

Soul of Light


Amel excused himself, saying, “I had better go see to what Sen is doing. Can you take care of Lady Ril?”

“Of course!” Dela said. “And please, accept her thanks through me! She’ll come around and understand. You’ll see!”

“Understand what?” Amel asked, looking puzzled again.

Dela dismissed him with a waggle of her fingers and a joyful grin. He smiled back ruefully and slipped away.

Lady Ril spoke up the moment Dela was alone with her. "He forgot," she said. "He forgot what I'd done when the fit took him. He didn’t purposefully shield you, or protect me."

“Nonsense!" Dela exclaimed. "Amel protected you. He wants me to adopt him. He was sad about the horse. He's even reads Fahandlin!” Dela's blue eyes grew wide, "oh dear! He could be Fahandlin! And I said I preferred Princess Darleema's poems. I am so embarrassed."

Ril's head swayed from side to side. She bit her lip. Her stoic old eyes brimmed. “No,” she whimpered. “He can’t be …”

“Yes!” Dela tried to douse her enthusiasm enough to grasp what made her friend so miserable. “Why ever not!” she cried. “Oh, Ril, it fixes everything. It has to be!”

"If he is a Soul of Light," Ril mumbled clutching Dela’s soft hands with clawed fingers. "Oh Dela!" She stared into Dela's open-hearted innocence. "Don't you know what happened to him?"

"He said something about Gelion," Dela groped unwillingly toward seeing what Ril was alarmed about. " When he was a child."

Ril gagged as if her heart had broken. She cracked like an old, dry twig, and fell into Dela's arms.

As she stroked Ril's hair, Ril got out an explanation between sobs. "Consider every reason I could not bear to think of you harmed. Then imagine it all happening to Amel!"

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Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 28

Golden Souls 28

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.

Immortality and Assination


"You will rest now, Immortality," Sen told Amel. "All this has been too much for you, I think. I wish I had the rank to dress down Vretla for making you upset!"

"You mustn't ever, ever challenge Vretla over me!" Amel implored Sen.

"I'm not a fool," Sen Lekker said sourly. Then she softened. "Lean on me," she ordered Amel. He accepted her help to rise. Sen Lekker to keep her arm around his back.

"Really, I am fine now, thank you," Amel said. But he had to tug gently to detach himself.

Dela decided she didn’t like Sen Lekker. The woman was far below Amel’s station as a Pureblood. She would have to have a word with Amel about predatory females. Such things were a mother’s responsibility!

It took Amel nearly five minutes to convince the Dem’ Vrel there was no need for them to stay in the room with himself, Dela and Ril. During those five minutes, Ril said nothing. She stood like a statue, looking devastated. Ronan skulked about, hanging his head, and left with the Dem’Vrel.

The moment they were alone, Dela her arms around Amel’s neck and hugged him.

“Princess Dela!” Amel hugged back, and laughed gently. “You are welcome. But I hope you will make sure Lady Ril doesn’t try to assassinate me again.”

Dela drew back enough to grin at him. No doubt he thought she’d hugged him for saving Lady Ril. And that was part of it. But there was so much more!

She was so happy and excited she couldn’t put her feelings into words.

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