A small unedited snippet of Family Law 7

“You have a courier making a delivery and he insists it must be hand delivered to you rather than leave it at our desk,” the hotel desk informed Lee.

“Don’t send them up. I’ll be right down.”

Lee wasn’t expecting anything and was cautious. She slipped a pistol in her waistband and pulled her top back over it. That and having witnesses in the lobby should do. What she didn’t expect was a Bill waiting patiently with a card held in both hands. She knew there were several Bills at their joint embassy with the Badgers but had never seen one out and about other than the head Bill, Singer. This was somebody else. He was thinner, shorter, and managed to look uncomfortable and nervous. That was surprisingly obvious, although she didn’t have a lot of experience reading Bill faces or body language. The rigid bill like a duck made them tougher for Humans to read.

“Mistress, my leader, Singer, and the head Badger, Talker, send greeting and invite you to a celebratory gathering,” he said. He didn’t introduce himself and gave her a bow so smooth and unconsciously it must be a part of his culture rather than adopted.

Lee took the offered card and read it. The party was this Saturday, only four days away. Her first thought before she read it was that she’d be gone to Providence, but that date worked for her. It said starting at the twelfth hour with drinks and running all day.

“Are you taking our responses back to the hosts?” Lee inquired.

“Yes, Mistress. Verbally or if you wish to send a note, I’ll wait for it.”

“Tell them I’ll be there. Is it appropriate to bring a date?”

“I was told you are Talker’s friend. I can’t imagine he wouldn’t welcome and accommodate anyone you wished to accompany you. We are all being instructed on Badger customs and culture as they are being instructed about ours. I’m aware now that friend means much more to them than it does to us or Humans.”

“I’m glad to hear you have such programs. I had to learn the hard way by getting it wrong a few times,” Lee admitted.

The Bill’s eyes got bigger. Enough to be easy to read. He was surprised not at Lee’s experience but that this important person was being chatty with him.

“Did they by any chance share what this event is celebrating?” Lee asked.

“The Badgers have at long last received all their domestic goods and Talker’s family is in residence. The supply ship brought extra personnel for them, a few Bills, and a race spox for the aliens that I’m told you call Cats. That was a surprise and a separate wing for her use was immediately started.”

“Do you by any chance know why it took so long to get his pots and pans and family packed and moved?” Lee asked.

“May one speak anonymously, Mistress?”

“Sure. We’d say in confidence. Only between the two of us,” Lee promised.

“Talker told them plainly not to send a Voice to replace Singer. He said he was doing quite well and all the Derf and Humans got along with him famously. That was another new English expression I had to look up. He published that as an open letter. They wanted to ignore him but his wife refused to board with a new Bill spox. The embassy staff like her for that before we have even met. The officials debated sending a separate ship just to carry him. The final consensus was that would solve nothing because Talker is so stubborn, he’d send him back or refuse to support him in any way.”

“Ha! Talker has been so corrupted by my influence he might just shoot him,” Lee said.

The Bill bent at the waist and seemed to be choking. Lee finally figured out he was laughing uncontrollably. Then she remembered some of the things she was told about how crude Bill humor ran. Apparently, she made a direct hit on his funny bone.

“We’d have to throw another party to thank him,” her courier told her.

“I predict they’ll start giving all of you lessons on Cat manners and customs with this new person arriving,” Lee told him.

“I hadn’t thought of that, but I think you have the right of it,” he said.

“Here, thank you for your message and the extra information. I always welcome talk about what’s happening and to trade juicy gossip about people we know.” She gave him a silver dollar Ceres and a small bow that was way above his station.

Thank you, Mistress. I will remember that.”

18 Responses to A small unedited snippet of Family Law 7

  1. Mike G November 17, 2023 at 7:27 am #

    That’s going to be an interesting party 🙂

    Thanks for the snippet!

  2. Myzifer November 17, 2023 at 11:28 am #

    Why do I torture myself by reading these snippets, knowing full well I’ll still have to wait months till release.

    At least it wasn’t as bad as when I read one of Mac’s snippets about a possible future story that took years to come out and plenty of begging.

    Heck if life extension gene mod was ever a reality, I’d start a petition that all authors with more than a 1000 readers be given treatment for free.

    • Mac November 17, 2023 at 2:04 pm #

      LOL…… April #214!

      • Nick November 18, 2023 at 6:40 am #

        I kind of assumed that when the April series caught up with FL series, there would be just one going forward.
        That ‘April #214’ jolted me, of course both series can continue.
        Some crossover could happen, but they could diverge again.
        Any idea if that is going to happen, or have you not got that far yet?

        • Mac November 19, 2023 at 10:07 am #

          Right now I think one more of each series – don’t know past that.

      • Charlie November 27, 2023 at 4:50 pm #

        And I’d still be going when’s 215 due out

  3. Todd November 17, 2023 at 11:44 am #

    Thanks mac!

  4. Nick Currie November 17, 2023 at 11:51 am #

    Looking forward to learning more about “cats”.

  5. Zebulon Dakota November 17, 2023 at 12:12 pm #

    All of the above! Thanks, Mac 🙂

    • Big Ben November 18, 2023 at 1:28 pm #

      Thanks for the snippet. Looking forward to the continuing adventures of Lee and her friends.

      … April #214, huh? Rereading the series to keep caught up with the characters and events would take all year!
      (Not that that would be a bad thing!)

  6. Teresa November 17, 2023 at 1:55 pm #

    Ooooo new book (eventually)!

  7. Cheryl November 19, 2023 at 7:48 pm #

    Big smile here. Can’t wait

  8. Jennifer November 20, 2023 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks for the snippet! Looking forward to this one. (All/Any that you write, series or standalone)

  9. Leo November 20, 2023 at 3:10 pm #

    Public Praise


    Your mind, imagination, and intellect as you have shared with us, your fans, and as illustrated in your April and Family Law tales.

    Thank you.

    But more.

    My most optimistic perception of near future realty for my grand-children and great-grandchildren is much like your depiction of earth in the next dozen or two decades. Not so nice.

    Over the past few years I’ve been engaged with a friend in a conversation about humanities near future – five hundred to a thousand years or so.

    Neither of us are overly optimistic, but both of us recognize that there is much undiscovered country as paraphrased in a Star Trek movie.

    Your tales help keep me optimistic that there are better times coming for our descendants.

    Thank you and please, write more as your daily reality allows.


  10. Johnnie M Fryer November 21, 2023 at 1:43 pm #

    I was very excited by and deeply pleased to see/read the Family Law Snippet #7. I am, however, impatiently awaiting reading about THOR! Where is he? Is he Well? You know, small bits of gossip like that. You and Yours have a Safe and Happy Holiday! (By-the-way, its okay for us old folks to be Lazy. Just don’t overdue it, okay?) LOL John

    • Mac November 21, 2023 at 8:41 pm #

      In A Hop Skip and a Jump Lee sent Thor off with a reduced fleet to try to retain some of her trained people since she couldn’t go right back out again.

  11. Harry K December 3, 2023 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanx for that , Mac. Looking forward to FL #7. Any guesses as to ETA?

  12. JimH December 15, 2023 at 5:26 pm #


    THANK YOU!! Both for the snippets and for giving us at least one more FL story, hopefully more. I’m QUITE happy to have the final connecting details between April storyline and FL storyline told to Lee by the folks from Earth’s solar system as FL continues to unfold. I don’t need another book connecting them up. I could, of course, be wrong, but I suspect many others would agree that putting efforts only into FL from here on would be welcome, saving you a whole book, letting you tell as much more as you choose, but freeing you from any perceived NEED for a final connector book. We’re already there, IMHO. Anecdotes are enough to seal the deal, mixed in whenever they make sense.

    Maybe even at parties, for the more public bits of history that most on Home already know.

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