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This week's six is from the first book I wrote. It has a year's worth of editing still waiting in its pages. But the story is engaging.
Gracie has been abducted from earth. Ultimately, as a life-saving measure on his part, she has ended up with an alien man who is slated to become King of a vast empire beyond our night sky. There are differences--can't you just imagine how many differences there would be between us and those from another planet? Just using the vast differences between the many cultures and races right here on a single world--the math is staggering.
So, we take a look at life in general to discern the things that would undoubtedly need to be addressed to build a compromise.
Sex... Yep. The differences in the way distinct Earth cultures view sex leads me to believe that chances are good that expected behavior by one group would differ from that of other groups. Faith, religions, evolutionary psychology, among other things are all major influences.
In this snippet, Gracie (of Earth) has confided in her alien (Rialtan) friend and guard, Jia, about sex. And Jia has been commanded by her young King to divulge the information to him and his friend, the healer Ben.
“I believe that things are different on her world, on earth. I probably should not have done it, but I tormented her just a bit, and then she told me the story of the cow and the milk.” Jia repeated the earth fable she had been told.
“Jia, please explain to Ben and me, the motivation for this milk and cow trying and buying?”
Jia felt put on the spot while trying her best to remember word for word what had been said, “The cow would have a broken heart.”
Ben hesitated for a minute, and finally said, “There is something missing--she must have said more.”
I admit, I was very unsure...putting this into a story because the stigma of the "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" seems to have very much passed in my part of the world. But then thought better of it. It still very much exists in some parts of the world...and it is likely a generational thing, as well.
I will add this, since this snippet leaves the six readers hanging, after several paragraphs going back and forth while Jia tries to recall all of the words Gracie shared with her, Ben, rather incredulous, states,
“Does she not understand that a Rialtan man would never purchase a cow without first trying the milk?”
Okay, that's my 'seven' sunday for this week.