[A black chamber. Hi’ta’fu the Commander scuttles to and fro between the walls]
But Sei’o’na’sha’ma is too young. He wants only to cavort on the Holy One’s back, to infuse his egg-maker whether she is in need of it or not. He is no rampart. He is ignorant.
And the Alates murmur with the Holy One. She agrees to whatever they suggest. She defers to Kwi’ga’ga’tei because she believes that Kwi’ga’ga’tei, whom the Highest-Mother-Who-Is-Nameless seizes and causes to roll on the ground, has visions truer than those of any Holy Seer ever hatched! I cannot contend against that! I have no kind of seeing!
Why did the Power have to be divided in this way? Why is it that those who have the seeing are the most fragile and those who are strongest of body must wait on the will of others even for their food?
[Flailing about the walls, scrabbling]
Well, I am weary of this flat existence that I have led for the past three season-cycles. I will gain everything, or else lose nothing. I will approach Lo’lo’pai. It owes a debt to Hi’ta’fu, who saved its life during the siege by taking Nasute acid intended for its Lieutenant. Chief A’gwa’ji is young and inexperienced; all it knows is what it has been taught and to suggest that it turn against those principles would outrage and confuse it. And the Nasute Sa’ti’a’i’a inwardly has no loyalty to any of us and licks the anus of its old confederate; it would make an unreliable ally. If I want a Cohort to support my cause, it must be the First.
I cannot accept that! Highest-Mother-Who-Has-No-Name, help me, for I do not know how to help myself! Why do you allow that dissembler to put these dangerous thoughts into my head?
But I will go to the refectory. The conniver is right in that – whatever is to happen, I must not meet it with weakness. I will endure the humiliation of being slighted; I will take nourishment and reflect on this unfortunate matter, and see if I can find a way to justify what may be an inevitable destiny.
The End -- for now!
Read the remainder of the story when the book is published!
This post will appear on Monday, March 12, 2012.
Expect publication within a week, barring some catastrophe!