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Liesmith, chapter 9.

Alis’s Note
… we got there in the end!


Nine

Friday.

Sigmund’s dad answered the door, which was about the worst possible way to start the evening. Sigmund could hear murmured introductions as he pulled on his shoes and hopped down the stairs half-in, half-out of his jacket, but by the time he reached the door he was pretty sure words like boyfriend and date hadn’t been uttered and—thank gods—Lain wasn’t carrying flowers or something equally humiliating.

(does that mean this isn’t a date?)

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2020-05-31T11:03:24+10:0031st May, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter 8.

Alis’s Note
… hahah yes I totally remembered to post this on time. Totally.


Eight

“Left! Roll left!”

“I’ve got it, I’ve got it!”

Five seconds later, staring up at the briar-and-circuitry-covered crotch of a Dark Faerunner, Wayne had to admit she did not got it.

It’d been a long, long day.

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2020-05-09T13:34:52+10:009th May, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter 7.

Alis’s Note
So, uh. Hope everyone is still keeping inside and washing their hands. Have some story updates?


Seven

The Hat People did find them on Sunday, stumbling out of the bush. Sigmund was feeling okay about it all, though. They’d eaten rabbit and Fantales and laughed around the fire. Then Sigmund had fallen asleep on the rocks, the day’s panic catching up to him. When he woke, he was sore from the ground but less so from his arm. Then Lain had asked if he felt like a badass yet, roughing it in the bush.

Most of the rest of Sunday was spent getting fussed over by doctors and pumped full of ibuprofen for his shoulder. As long as he didn’t try lifting anything heavy, or reaching upward, he was okay.

He did have to sign a lot of forms, though. Waivers saying he wouldn’t sue the company or speak to the press. Lain scowled at his paperwork for a long time before putting his own name down.

“Do you think there’d be money in it?” Sigmund asked, only half joking. “Suing, I mean.”

“No,” said Lain. “And I wouldn’t try. LB’s lawyers are notoriously vicious.”

Sigmund signed.

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2020-04-19T09:24:56+10:0019th April, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter 6.

Alis’s Note
There is an even more longerer version of this chapter here, for those who’re really hankering for some additional awkward nerd bush romance. Also: music!


Six

Friday saw Sigmund stepping out of Dad’s car onto the grass outside LB, carrying his tent and sleeping bag and flashlight and Swiss Army knife and towel and compass and mosquito repellant and sunscreen and, Jesus, Dad. I’ll be okay. It’s only for the weekend.

Except Dad had been so excited about it all. More excited than Sigmund, even. So Sigmund hadn’t had the heart to say anything.

Which was why here he was, standing on the lawn, weighted down with ten million packs like a huge nerd while everyone else was standing around clutching small gym bags.

(FML)

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2020-04-05T11:17:46+10:005th April, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter 5.

Alis’s Note
World comes atcha fast, man. So, uh. For those of you looking for things to do during lockdown, a reminder that I have various other books on offer from prices ranging from zero dollars to not-zero dollars!


Five

You’re a filthy traitor and I hate you forever.” Then, because lies always burnt on his tongue, “Or at least until lunchtime.”

“Sorry, man.” Em, apparently, had no such issues with untruths. “But the shrink moved my appointment to Friday. I can’t miss it, so . . . gotta pike on camping. Sorry.”

Sigmund groaned, slumping down across the table. Nine forty-six a.m. and they were at the café across the road from the office, having coffees and skipping work. Sigmund’s favorite pastime.

Em’s favorite, meanwhile, was ruining people’s days.

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2020-03-22T08:34:12+11:0022nd March, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter four.

Alis’s Note
Eep. Late posting but I got distracted with finishing off the Unnatural Order edits… (Also, er. Playing Endless Legend but, ahem… Don’t tell anyone.)


Four

So here’s the deal.

You know what you can get away with doing, being the world’s third richest man? Being CEO of the world’s largest fucking technology company?

Fucking. Anything.

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2020-03-14T11:27:24+11:0014th March, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|

Monstrous contents.

Hey y’all remember how I was editing that anthology of monsters? Yeah. That’s still A Thing That Is Happening, and we just announced the table of contents (i.e. the authors and their stories) and it is gonna be so good

Also spent all weekend booking things for both Continuum and the motherfreakin’ WorldCon and… it’s happening y’all. It’s really happening…

2020-05-12T08:39:07+10:0024th February, 2020|Tags: books, cons, continuum, csfg, sff, unnatural order, worldcon|

Liesmith, chapter three.

Alis’s Note
I always feel like I should write more of an intro to these posts, so… uh. Yeah. Have one! Specifically: Sigyn’s “themesong”, and Lain’s, and Sigmund’s… and Travis’s.


Three

So there’s me, halfway up this hill in the middle of bloody nowhere, trying to wrangle this ancient wheezing ox we’ve got, pulling this enormous wagon.”

Strike one: It wasn’t an ox.

“And you can see what comes next, right?” Lain’s voice, floating over the cubicle partition. “Shitty little gravel path, overburdened cart—”

“Oh, no.” That was Divya, leaning against Sigmund’s desk, listening to Lain’s stories.

“Oh, yes,” Lain said. “And my brother and his mate, charging ahead on their scooters”—strike two: They were not on scooters—“and taunting me all, like, ‘Lain, Lain. Glaciers move faster. We’ll be dead before we get there.’ ” Strike three: They hadn’t called him Lain. “And finally I’m, like, ‘Right. Screw you guys.’ ”

“Uh-oh . . .”

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2020-02-23T08:22:32+11:0023rd February, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter two.

Two

This part I piece together only later, dredged up from the fragments of memories and broken bodies left behind. That means some of it is lies. But, maybe, they’re entertaining lies.

And what are entertaining lies if not a story?

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2020-02-09T09:18:14+11:009th February, 2020|Tags: books, LIESMITH, wyrdverse|