Tattoo is a Cyberpunk short story I wrote some time ago for a challenge. The prompt was “Someone has hacked your tattoo…”
“I was thinking ahead to what I would cook for my master’s evening meal, when a panicked shout from the walkway below, jarred me out of my musings. I glanced down idly. A woman was on the very edge of the walkway, watching helplessly as a small child spiralled downwards, ever faster between the walkways to the invisible depths below.
I could see a large hovercar, continuing along the walkway, oblivious to the chaos it had caused behind.
I frowned to myself as I continued on my journey, everyone knew the cars had right of way. Stupid woman, she should have kept better control of her child. I found my right hand was absently rubbing my left wrist, where my caste code was tattooed.”
I’ve tightened up some of the writing and changed a few details to improve the flow of the story. I’ve also made the decision to stop numbering my books as part of the Aurigan Space Saga. It seemed a good idea to include them as part of a Series when I started, but I’ve changed my mind. The books are all stand-alone and do not require to be read in a particular order.
Only the “world” and a few minor characters appear in more than one story. This involves changing the covers which has been a real learning curve for me, as a friend did the originals several years ago. Lots of fun!
The change is now showing on Smashwords and Amazon is working on removing the books from their Series list for me.
I hope you enjoy the new version of His Guilty Secret!
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