Thank you to everyone who played yesterday! (Read here if you missed it.) Joelle voted to talk to parents, while Ami, Cat, Minelle, and Roz voted to talk to Gorti. Ami wins extra points for that spicy voyeuristic snippet. Phew! No wonder Cat thought it was getting hot. 🙂
Before I begin today’s installment, take a look at this brand-new, spiffy book trailer that Katie put together for Becoming Clissine! It’s a perfect introduction into the world of Bastia. Thank you, Katie!
All right, let’s begin the fun! You’ve peeked in on Destral kissing Clissa, and it does strange things to your body. You’re confused but aroused at the same time. You find your friend, Gorti, to ask him what he thinks…and maybe to find out firsthand.
You back out of the study corner, accidentally knocking over a book when you pass a shelf. You freeze, heart hammering, praying that they won’t hear you. Fortunately, by this time Clissa and Destral are involved in an intense debate and never look your direction. Leaving your books and bag at the study table, you turn and flee out of the library.
You find your best friend, Gorti, practicing his flute in the sunny courtyard. A music major, Gorti wants to join the official Bastian Symphony when he graduates. Or become the official flute player for Assembly. He’s not sure which one, but he’s working hard to keep his options open.
Idly, you wonder whether flute players have better tongue control. If their tongues can reach into the most secret, sensitive places when kissing.
You feel yourself blushing all over, and instead of saying a casual hello you stammer something unintelligible. Gorti looks up, his lips pursed over the mouthpiece, and your eyes are drawn to the soft, tender lips so similar to Destral’s lips that kissed Clissa. Your wrist tingles, and you hold your arm behind your back.
“What’s up?” Gorti asks, putting down his flute. You wonder what it would be like to pull him in for a kiss, just to see what it’s like. Then you shudder as you remember the creed you have recited every day of your life.
I believe in the natural order of man to man, woman to woman, to preserve the stability and integrity of our life as Basti decreed.
It goes against Basti and nature for a man and a woman to love each other in “that” way. You shudder as the last lines slam into your chest.
Basti will come again to judge the living and the dead, and she will punish
those who have not lived according to Bastian law.
Gorti waits for you, looking puzzled at your silent agitation. You fumble for words, not sure how to respond.
Do you make small talk in an effort to calm yourself?
Do you blurt out the shocking news about Clissa and Destral?
Do you flee before saying anything?
Write your answer in the comments, along with an explanation of your choice and what you hope will happen next. I’ll have the next part of the story ready for you tomorrow morning. We’ll be here all week, culminating with a scene for Spank or Treat this Friday!
In the meantime, don’t miss out on the wonderful trailer!
What if heterosexuality were a crime?
Betrothed at birth to the daughter of one of the most prominent Houses in the totalitarian theocracy of Bastia, soon-to-be-college-graduate Clissa isn’t sure whether she is ready to undergo the Mar. Once she becomes the Nur, or the submissive partner, to her betrothed she will have to submit all major decisions of her life to the beautiful Helaine, whom she has met once. She must marry a woman, according to the decrees of Bastian law.
Caught between a desire to “get along” and the growing awareness he is “het” and is attracted to Clissa, her childhood friend, Destral, kisses her one day as they study in their college library. Shocked at the feelings the kiss awakens, Clissa begins to question everything she has been taught. Did Basti, their deity, condemn relationships between a man and a woman? Will her growing feelings for Destral cost her everything her parents have worked hard to give her?
After a mad attempt to subvert Bastian authority, Clissa is assigned to new parents for “reeducation” in the doctrine of Bastia. Her new parents are given one mandate: bring her back to rightness with Basti.
Clissa, lost in a system threatened by her very identity, must make her choice. Will Bastian authority break her, or will she find a way to break free? Can true love overcome a harsh regime?