Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Xenophilia”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–”Opal Mantra”, which was not teased previously as an Early Bird story because that was the week I was at a con and my schedule went **SQUISH**, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting a new story, “Xenophilia”! (MC MF MD HU)

The conquest of Earth by the Adacian Empire, long planned and eagerly awaited, has finally begun. Lord Xaurkoth’s robotic servitors have chosen the perfect victim for him to bend to his will, the first of his slaves in the campaign to conquer the human race! Only as it turns out, there’s something a little too perfect about this particular victim. Here’s a taste:

“I am Lord Xaurkoth,” he said, certain that the servitor drone hovering at his shoulder would translate his words into the beast’s own language. “I am the brood-progenitor of the planet Adacia, some three hundred light-years from your Earth. Ours is an ancient and noble people, scions of a glorious history of conquest that spans a quarter of the galaxy. And now we have come to enslave your world.”

The beast looked up at him, an unreadable expression in its soulful eyes. Finally, it spoke. “That is so cool,” it whispered.

Xaurkoth looked over at the servitor drone, suspecting a fault. It wasn’t the use of metaphorical speech that perplexed him; the automatic probes had done their work well, producing an entire cultural index that he could tap on demand to bridge the vast cultural gaps that existed between species. He understood perfectly that the creature wasn’t literally suggesting that conquest would lower the temperature of its home planet.

It was suggesting that the act of being conquered was desirable. Possessed of an indefinable glamour. Captivating and exciting. ‘Cool’. Xaurkoth had personally crushed opposition to his will on 427 inhabited worlds. He had never heard the act of being defeated and enslaved described in exactly those terms.

Hope you enjoy it!

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