Leave a comment

Everyone Wins

Submitted by Russ Towne

It was six degrees below zero Fahrenheit on Koldon – tourist season, the warmest time of year. Travelers came from around the galaxy to experience “The Snow Planet” and its unique wildlife and other attributes. Visitor Scott Kanemoto and his guide Tierdo huddled near a heat cell at the end of a long and satisfying day spent capturing images of creatures he’d long dreamed of seeing.

They drank a heated alcoholic beverage called xinthe. It had a strong earthy taste and a powerful kick.

“What do you make this stuff out of?”

“Trust me. You do not want to know!” Tierdo laughed so hard he almost fell over.

Feeling no pain, Kanemoto decided to ask a question that many around the galaxy often wondered about this planet. “It is said that, on colder evenings, it is the custom of your planet to, uh, loan your female mate to visitors to help keep your guest warm at night. Is that true?”

Once again, Tierdo laughed uncontrollably, rocking back and forth so far his ears almost touched the frozen ground with each swing. “Can you keep a secret, my friend?”

Scott nodded.

“We used to do that long ago when the first visitors arrived. It didn’t work out very well for anybody. Guests didn’t know how to behave during such sacred rituals. It cost some visitors their lives. Have you noticed that our females remain out of sight when male visitors are present?”

The guest nodded again.

“Though we still honor our traditions and our guests by offering a female to help warm the bed of our guests, it is never our female mate. It is safer for our guests and mates. We don’t mention that to visitors because we do not wish to appear rude.

“We share our expectations of how guests should treat our females, and warn them of the consequences if our traditions aren’t honored.

“You weren’t offered a female for the simple reason that none are with us on our journey.

“Females who warm the bed of a guest have no mate and wish a warmer bed for themselves—and perhaps something more. They are held in high esteem and often very good at giving, and getting, something more.

“In that way, everyone wins.”

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.

Penny for your thoughts (we won't resell them)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Horror4Me

Journalism so good... it's scary.

transcribingmemory

Decades of her words.

J and I Publishing

Creative Color Book Publications

Tony Flye

Author

Everything Indie

Supporting Indie Authors with Tips, Reviews, and Services

frankalrich

Community manager for ReviewCreep.com - Exposure Platform for Wordpress Review Bloggers

Barbarian Writer

A Story For The Æons

Five.

Five true stories, every five weeks.

You Knew What I Meant

Errors and Intentions

Koreanish

Alexander Chee

Bending Genre

Essays on Creative Nonfiction

harm·less drudg·ery

defining the words that define us

Antariksh Yatra

Journeys in Space, Time and the Imagination

The Task at Hand

A Writer's On-Going Search for Just the Right Words

Mashed Radish

everyday etymology

rottenindenmark.wordpress.com/

Is this gentleman bothering you?

%d bloggers like this: