Another unedited snippet of April 14

Mike Morse joined the coffee pot crowd at the cafeteria. His status with them went up when he became self-employed. Although they still made ritual fun of Glen for buying into Eric’s lotto, a few secretly bought into Mike’s numbers game. When it became obvious that he wasn’t talking their personal business around that enhanced his reputation too.

Glen sat next to him as was often his habit now if there was a seat open. He’d appointed himself Mike’s buddy. So far it wasn’t often enough to be irritating.

“They said they’re going to put the ball on the big screen if you want to come to watch it here Saturday,” Glen told him

“Ball?” Mike said, oblivious.

“The sovereign’s ball on the Moon,” Glen said. “Do you live in a cave man? If you look at the news and gossip boards that’s the big topic right now.”

“I’d make the case that the Moon people are the ones living in caves,” Mike said.

“I never thought of it that way,” Glen admitted. “Literally instead of allegorically.”

“Why is a ball such a big deal?” Mike asked. “Haven’t you had balls before?”

“No. They dance at the Quiet Retreat but there’s nowhere else to really have a ball. Nobody has bothered to organize that sort of thing on Home. I’m told the Moon queen has a fancy big room that’s suitable. I guess we’ll see Saturday. What changed, why she has a sudden interest I don’t know. Her partners are often seen in public on Home but she stays holed up on the Moon and very rarely comes here. We normally don’t hear a peep out of her. Not that she isn’t a political force to be reckoned with.”

“But they’re going to stream it on video live? On Earth nobody streams things like state dinners live. That’s kind of brave to do,” Mike decided. “If there are people who don’t like her governance and know it’ll be on camera, they might use the event to raise a fuss.”

“I wouldn’t want to try,” Glen said. “She holds court every Sunday and dispenses justice. You can look up all the old court days on video. They post them just like they intend to do the ball. Believe me, she’s a no-nonsense kind of judge. She’s banished people before and she sits with a pistol on the table right at hand. She hasn’t shot anybody but one day she made a note for heads or tails, tossed two guys at odds with each other a coin, and invited them to flip it. Then she’d shoot the loser.”

“But she didn’t?” Mike asked.

“They begged off. Their dispute suddenly seemed less important in the face of a lethal solution. But I took that to mean they were sure she would shoot. Quite a few of the people who bring her complaints withdraw when they see she’s going to resolve their problem and it may not be the way they’d like. There’s no years of appeals and such nonsense.”

“That sounds a lot more interesting than the gossip boards. I may check that out.”

“It’s entertaining and amazing the damn fool things people bring to her court knowing they will be recorded for posterity and freely available,” Glen said.

“You’ve got me interested now. I’ll watch it Saturday,” Mike decided.

16 Responses to Another unedited snippet of April 14

  1. Teresa July 24, 2023 at 9:59 am #

    Thanks for the snippet! Can’t wait to read the full book. How long before it is finished? Any idea?

  2. Melvyn July 24, 2023 at 3:53 pm #

    Thanks Mac. I’m re-reading vol. 13 at the minute. Looking forward to this instalment.

  3. Zebulon Dakota July 25, 2023 at 12:14 am #

    Good to see Mike made it up!

  4. MPR July 25, 2023 at 5:59 am #

    Thank you for the update. I’m looking forward to the new book.

  5. James Crutchley July 25, 2023 at 7:20 am #

    Great snippet. Left me with a smile on my face an excited to see what you will write next!

  6. Benny July 25, 2023 at 2:03 pm #

    Always good to have more of your writing!

  7. Anonimous July 25, 2023 at 8:53 pm #

    Thank you!

  8. Jim July 26, 2023 at 12:46 am #

    Mac, thank you for this snippet. Edited/unedited/… I don’t care. Love any/all insights. Your characters, situations, etc. absolutely rivetting. Love your stories. Will read/listen as long as you write/tell your stories. Especially this universe (April/FamilyLaw).

  9. Pcj70 July 26, 2023 at 4:44 am #

    Happiness! Thank you!

  10. Cheryl July 29, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

    Mac, just wanted to say thanks also. I’m sure our replies help assure you that you have fans waiting. How many words so far?

  11. Michael July 30, 2023 at 3:12 pm #

    Now I’m really wanting to read this. Televised in real time. ooo boy, talk about tempting Murphy!

    So do you have a release date? Even a vague one?

  12. Harry K July 31, 2023 at 9:18 pm #

    Cool beans, Mac. Looking forward to the new book. I’m re-reading the April series again at the moment, now on volume 12, and it’s as enjoyable as ever. It’s always like reconnecting with old friends. .

  13. Jef F August 5, 2023 at 7:49 am #

    looking forward to release of april 14, I have read (acouple times) the series through 13.
    love your stories and the worlds you buiild! Can’t wait to see the merger release that ties it with family law

    • Mac August 5, 2023 at 10:56 am #

      I thought this might do it but I can see it will take April 15 to close the gap. Not sure if I will do another Family Law book or not. I do have plenty of others to do. Thanks for the kind words. – Mac’

  14. Mervyn Thonas August 6, 2023 at 4:56 am #

    Both Lee and April are such compelling characters that I’d love another family law book – but a prospective April 15 is great news 🙂

  15. Nick August 8, 2023 at 4:42 am #

    Yes please, another Family Law book.
    More Tish & family, maybe they all end up on Providence.

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