D Is for Duel / One Who Dies as a God Dies
The next installment of the Alphabet Anthologies, D is for Dinosaur, is in process. Rhonda Parrish has my story in hand, and it's waiting now to be sent out into the world. So I thought I'd offer another morsel of "D is for Duel/One Who Dies as a God Dies" for you to chew on in the meantime. Here you go:
An eagle knight swoops in, lands on the summit, folds dun wings. White plumed head, eyes of black and gold, his humanity is a vestigial thing, an appendix that no longer serves any purpose.
"This is Aeton, who came from Olympus on Aphrodite Terra, Venus." The Speaker gestures at the knight, who bows low, wingtips brushing a pool of chlorophyl. "Vasiliás Ares gave him to me. Do you know who that is?"
"The warrior king of the inner planets." It is not possible to stand unmoved so near an eagle knight. Alejandra's heart beats like a frightened rabbit's, and still she longs to touch his feathers.
"Said I like killing too much." Aeton's words are guttural, slurred, punctuated by the click of a yellow beak. "Not true. Just don't like anything else."