The Tobine Chronicles, Volume 1 by Adera Orfanelli
This volume contains Episodes 1-3
erotic science fiction serial
Published February 7, 2017
In the battle to save the planet she loves, one woman must discover the truth about her past, and if she has the strength necessary to not just save Tobine–but rule.
Episode One – Tenni never liked the revolutionary group to which her husband belonged. Now he’s dead, along with their son. Government forces bring her an offer she’d be foolish to refuse, but what will happen when they discover she has no knowledge of her husband’s group or their next plans?
Episode Two – No one is who Tenni thought they were, and she escapes the goverment after discovering their desire to use her. For what, she doesn’t know. Fleeing into the trees, she discovers yet another race with plans of its own, and Tenni wonders if all men simply lust after power…and her.
Episode Three – As Tenni learns more about the Vilos’ plans, she wants nothing to do with the frog-like creatures. With the slave Kavin, she begins to make plans to escape only to discover that she’s been given a horrible twist of fate.
The exhaust from the last commercial transport to ever leave the planet of Tobine trailed across the sky. The fading twilight cast streaks of orange and purple, crisscrossed by the exhaust of shuttles heading off-world. Where, Tenni didn’t know. Standing beside her father on the loading dock he’d called his job only yesterday, she knew the way of life on the planet would be forever changed.
“Do you think the President really left?” Tenni turned to the man she called father and searched his face for the truth. He wouldn’t tell her, of course. The planet would begin a slow decline into anarchy, with only the strongest finding food and shelter. He wouldn’t tell her, but her husband, Jode, would.
“I don’t know. I’d like to think he is still here. But he is a man who doesn’t like to suffer much.” Kindal Morribe scratched his stubbled chin. “We’re all going to suffer, I suppose, now.” He turned to face her and slid a credit chip into her hand. “I heard there might be one more transport. Why don’t you take this and go on it? I know you want to stay with Jode. I’ve made it clear I don’t really like the boy.”
Tenni shook her head, more out of denying what would happen than from any disagreement with Kindal’s words. She was less in love with her husband than she had been. After the downfall of the planet’s government when the resources dried up, she’d certainly grown more pragmatic and less the dreamer. She passed the money back to him. “I shouldn’t. You need a good meal, once in a while, and some company. Besides, Jode needs me.” She didn’t mention the Rikan movement needed her too.
“I got company. The guys on the crew and I meet every Thursday night for karikke. Don’t worry about me. Get away from here while you can. You’ve watched the news. Already, there’s rioting in Qualayne and Hovas. It won’t be long before it comes here.”
Tenni’s heart twisted. A card game couldn’t compensate for the loss of her mother. Kindal deserved better. A home cooked meal and some good company would be a start, but she couldn’t give that to him, not if she went with Jode. The best she could do was to check in on him every now and then. She didn’t like that. “If you say so,” she relented. “But, if you need anything, you let me know, all right? Jode and I may not have much, but we’ll do everything we can for you. When you get tired of those preheated meals, you come and visit. I expect that much at least.” Jode says the Rikans could really use my help. That I could work odd jobs for them, like the messenger runs I did after mother died and help them in their cause.
“I will.” Kindal ruffled her hair like he did when she was a small child. “That’s my Tenni-girl, always thinking she’s tough. You were such a scrapper when you were younger.” He gazed wistfully back at the sky. “There’s more to Tobine than the mines. There’s the people. That’s got to count for something. I have to believe that Krall will not disintegrate into fighting. This is the capital.”
Tenni smiled a sad smile. Most of the people were only here for the mines, all centered around the three major cities. Now that the mines were empty, there really wasn’t anything left. Slowly each of the cities had fallen into chaos. She sighed. Jode would expect her home soon. “You will call, won’t you, daddy?”
“I’ll call, Tenni-girl. I’ll call.” He turned and shuffled back to the transport stop. His hitching gait, courtesy of a mine accident, was as much a part of him as his gruff caring. Tenni watched him go, certain the loss of the ships and his job had crushed him far more than he told.