Another small snippet of Family Law 4

Unedited and rough as always. It’s a bit past 40k words.
“Lee’s learning to speak so pretty and tactfully,” Gordon said, amused. “I’m sure the message was more like, “If you think you can cross me on this I’ll have Gordon skin you out and make a hand puppet out of you.”

Lee didn’t dignify that with a response, but there was no embarrassing silence to cover, because the Mothers were all laughing.

“Don’t look so serious and offended, Dear,” the first Mum said. “We have Garrett easing into his role as Champion, and I think he’s going to be a fine one, but if I wanted to scare the Fargoers spitless I’d threaten them with Gordon myself. You shouldn’t need to, if only they knew you better, but it’s not a kindness to threaten people with something they might ignore to their peril.

“Know me better?” Lee asked.

“Yes, the Badgers didn’t see you sit there and tell the First Mother she was flat out wrong, and offer shoot it out with her with hypervelocity pistols,” she said making a menacing gun with her true hand. “As much as I’m glad you are both alive and well, there’s still the occasional thought that creeps in when I remember it, that we missed a major spectacle. You were ready to DO it. Little thing you were,” the Mother said, acknowledging her growth spurt, “you scared the snot out of half the clan that day.”

“I can get carried away when I’m indignant,” Lee admitted. “I’ll be sixteen in a few days. I’m aware I have to work on some maturity and dignity.”

“That’s good. You can keep working on those qualities when you go represent us to the Lunar governments,” the first Mother said. The other two nodded like this was already expected, though they hadn’t had any privacy to discuss it among themselves.

“I what?” Lee protested, mouth hanging open.

“Well, it was your idea. You said we need to go there or send an emissary. Didn’t you?”

“Yes, but I wasn’t volunteering,” Lee said, looking stricken.

“No need. That’s how we Mothers are. If a fellow comes up to us and says, “We really need a new drainage ditch running out of the east pasture.” We hand him a shovel. Who better than the guy with mud on his boots? He knows where to dig, and has an interest in doing it right. Your clan can call on your services. Consider yourself called.”

15 Responses to Another small snippet of Family Law 4

  1. Chris May 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm #

    Okay, I’m sold. Where’s the purchase now button?

  2. Joyce May 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    Yep, me too. Ready to buy, right now!
    If I remember correctly, there’s a stand-alone book coming out first, before FL4. Any thoughts on when that might be?

    • Mac May 2, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

      Not sure. I go back and forth between them according to which muse is poking me.

  3. Joyce May 3, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    I’m eager to see either or both! Thanks for all your hard work; I know I speak for many.

  4. Cheryl May 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    Just waiting and checking your website frequently 😋

  5. Mike Morrow May 3, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Take my money!

  6. Anonymous May 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    Please! Take my money!

  7. Ann May 4, 2017 at 1:10 am #

    Mac when is the expected publication month? Rough guess acceptable and subject to unanticipated changes

    • Mac May 4, 2017 at 4:40 am #

      Still several months is as close as I can say. Probably going to have two or three pretty close together.

  8. Mike May 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    Whether it’s this one or the standalone, I’ll buy anything Mac publishes. Since I’ve picked up April, and subsequently everything else, he hasn’t written a bad book yet. Take your time and get it right like you always do. I can wait patiently.

  9. Silke May 7, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    Ah, I’m normally not one giving out animal sounds – but I’m certain there was some purring to hear from me just now 🙂
    Thanks for the teaser!

  10. DitN May 8, 2017 at 12:58 am #

    Very nice! Looking forward to whatever the next book is.

  11. Katie F May 8, 2017 at 6:04 am #

    Looking forward to the finished product.

  12. Eric May 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m glad I put my drink down before I laughed. It would have hurt to blow it out my nose. +1 for looking forward to your new books.

  13. DitN May 13, 2017 at 11:06 am #

    I am glad to see Mothers have a sense of humor to go with their assertiveness.

    From their behavior so far, they seem more managers than leaders; people do what Mothers say, but they want to follow people (Derf) like Gordon. Or Lee.

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