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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.

4Feb/14Off

Feb 4, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Feb 4, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 4: Throne Price by Lynda Williams.

Okal Rel science fiction books - mocking the innocent about sex

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 saga novel Throne Price by Lynda Williams.

"Princess Luthan Dem H'Us," Zind said in mock grandeur. "Do you think you can cope with a Nersal?"

"Lay off. She's a friend of Amel's," said Bal.

"Oh, well then, there's nothing we can tell her!" Zind laughed.

"Not that sort of friend!" Luthan said, alarmed.

"Maybe you do need help, after all," Zind teased with mock gravity, "If you've passed up that opportunity."

Feb 4, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 4: Throne Price by Lynda Williams.

Feb 4, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 4: Throne Price by Lynda Williams.

Commentary

Dem'Vrellish women mock a young but proud Princess Luthan over her inexperience regarding sex, inspiring an equally young and inexperienced Erien to come to her defense.

26Jan/14Off

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.

23Nov/12Off

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 21

Dela is upset by pressure to woo Amel.
Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.
Ril and Ronan argue about Dela's duty to woo Amel.
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Ronan rushed over to Dela the moment Vretla was gone. ""Go to Amel, to plead your case for marriage!" he urged her. “We will keep his people occupied."

"You cannot ask this of her," Lady Ril protested. "It will kill her! Remember the Sacrifice!"

Ronan pulled Ril away from Dela's side. "Aunt, this is our only hope," he told her. To Dela’s horror, Ril failed to resist when he seated her on a couch relatively free of glass. She refused to meet Dela’s eyes. She sat staring forward, looking defeated and smaller than she used seem to Dela.

Ronan took Dela’s arm and marched her briskly across the glass-strew floor. He halted at the door of the withdrawing room and knocked.

"Yes?" Amel's voice was muffled by the intervening door but he didn't sound as if he wanted visitors.

Ronan opened the door. "For Dee," he urged Dela, and pushed her through. Behind her, the door closed with a familiar sound that had always meant she was safely closed up in her own world. Until now.

Amel was sitting with one leg up on her divan. He had been crying. His face was as lovely as the porcelain dolls Dela loved to collect when she was a little girl, each one hand-painted with loving attention to detail, their cheeks kissed with mild colors. His were a fading rose.

"This is your room?" Amel asked her, quietly.

Dela nodded.

Amel got to his feet. "It is pretty," he said, looking around. She waited.

Dela is upset by pressure to woo Amel.

Dela is upset by pressure to woo Amel.

26Oct/12Off

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 17

Will you marry our Princess?
Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.
Afraid to resist via a duel, Ronan demands Amel marry Dela to consolidate his claim on Dee Manor.
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Vretla isn't keen on Amel marrying a 'skirt'.

"Pureblood Amel," Ronan said stiffly. "These are Dee lands."

"I understand," Amel assured him. "But my champion is the liege of Vrel and she has killed better swordsmen than you, or your cousin Chandad."

The insult registered on Ronan’s face as plainly as the imprint of a slap, but the intended warning won out in determining his response.

"You will marry Princess Dela, then!" Ronan demanded, insulting Amel in turn by using Ril's formula of devaluing any non-Golden Sevolite’s status by a birth rank.

Amel had trouble with the question on all fronts.

"I, uh, … I'll consider it, I think," he said, his differencing levels shifting with each pronoun. He cleared his throat. "Does your Princess expect ... or even want --"

Vretla sheathed her sword with a 'snick' that made Amel jump.

"Absolutely not," she declared, and pointed at Dela. "You marry a skirt and she'll have you twisted up in knots over their stupid notion every sha'st, mekan'st or even lyka for that matter has to be a venting cher'st! Then you’ll be no good to the Vrellish."

Vretla seemed greatly offended. The terms she used were Vrellish words for lover. Dela had no idea how to distinguish between them. She had only encountered them in literary contexts where Golden Demish dialect had nothing bad enough to substitute for what was wanted. 'Venting' was a fleet vulgarity. It referred to eliminating the crew of a captured station by opening airlocks. Okal Rel took a dim view of the practice.

Will you marry our Princess?

Will you marry our Princess?

24Aug/12Off

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 8

Dela's handlers argue
Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.
Dela's people argue about whether Golden men are cowards.
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It is a judgment on us!

Lady Ril came in and closed the door. She took a long look at Dela, sitting in her chair, trembling, with tears running down her cheeks, and turned on Ronan. "What have you said to her?"

Lord Ronan spun around. "She must marry Pureblood Amel! For Dee."

"Do you think he will offer marriage!" Ril mocked the plan. "Do you think he will be honorable?"

Ronan ground his teeth. "Then she must make him ask!"

"If he does it will not be a real marriage," Ril objected stridently. "He will treat her like one of his Vrellish whores! Chandad, at least, kept a single mistress, and only once he had left Dela's bed forever. The Vrellish act like stray curs."

Dela wanted to stop her ears. Her arms were wooden.

"She must marry Amel, great-aunt Ril," Ronan said, "or we are all ruined. Do you understand? Ruined!"

Ril was as hard as a drawn sword. "That is the same male logic that sent The Sacrifice to Gelion. We must do the unthinkable, or we will be ruined. Don't you see what it has earned you? A descendant of our beloved Emperor returns armed with the traditional rights of the Family of Light but possessed by a dark-souled conqueror! It is a judgment on us, Ronan!"

"It is easy for women to talk about being honorable," Ronan said, stubbornly. "It is not you who must defend Demora: in space, where the soul is risked, or by the sword on a challenge floor where you can be killed by the Vrellish, like Chandad!"

Sounds from the yard ended their quarrel.

Lord Ronan said, "That will be Pureblood Amel." He left.

Dela's handlers argue

Dela's handlers argue

17Aug/12Off

Golden Souls by Lynda Williams – Post 7

Dela imagines what Amel must be like.
Golden Souls by Lynda Williams, is a story of Amel's envoy period. Illustrations are by Richard Bartrop.
Dela seeks info but is given orders.
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You must marry Amel.

"Lord Ronan," Dela said, worrying her book of verse with her hands, "I have heard of the Dem'Vrel, of course. But I know precious little about Amel. I had heard about him turning up, but Chandad wouldn’t tell me anything more. Surely it is time to tell me anything you know about him."

Ronan’s sallow face actually colored. "Amel was raised as a commoner," he volunteered, and paused. “By accident.”

“Accident? I thought it was his father’s doing?”

The servant arrived with Dela's water. Dela took a sip and handed it back. Lord Ronan waited with impatience for the servant to leave. When he spoke again he elevated Dela to a mythical rank about Pureblood as he gave an astonishing order. "Princess, you must marry Pureblood Amel!"

Dela was so completely unprepared she just stared.

"I do not ask it lightly," Ronan continued to exalt her with his pronouns. "But if you do not, the Dem'Vrel will be able to evict us from our lands. Lands we have held since the Golden Age. Princess, you owe us this much."

Because I failed to produce heirs, Dela realized, feeling stripped down and flogged by this irredeemable failure.

"It is not so impossible he'd have you." Lord Ronan shifted the differencing suffixes on his pronouns back to the merely accurate, speaking up to her by two birth ranks. "Amel could stand to marry into some respectability. Pureblood or not, he won't get many offers."

Dela shuddered at the thought of what terrible flaws Amel must possess to be undesirable despite such a unique lineage!

"It may actually serve him that you are not fruitful," Lord Ronan speculated. "His father feared children because they made him less irreplaceable."

She felt faint with grief to realize how little her feelings meant in this matter.

Is this how the Sacrifice felt, all those years ago, Dela wondered

Dela imagines what Amel must be like.

Dela imagines what Amel must be like.