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Today I’m jumping back to Tourist Trap, continuing on from December 15 when Roi found his hang glider misbehaving. Here it has just tried to leap up into a stall.
By the time Roi managed to get it settled into level flight, he found himself headed southwest, straight for the curtain wall before the waterfall and far below the level of the cliff top. Carefully he prepared for another turn, pulling in, sliding his weight to the left, and pushing out, keeping his movements feather light and mentally thanking Derik for insisting that he learn the nearly impossible feat of flying his glider totally uncompensated. The scarlet wing sideslipped violently and made a determined effort to perform a cartwheel, then changed its mind and tried for a back flip instead. Roi fought back with weight and muscle, his body drenched with sweat inside the heavy parka. This time he managed to keep track of his orientation, and when the wing surrendered into level flight, he was heading north within the updraft along the cliff front. Far above and ahead of him a violet speck swung out from the cliff and turned back southward, and Penny’s voice came abruptly into his helmet. “Roi, what do you think you’re doing? Are you all right?”
About the book:
A vacation with his three best friends from slavery and a manhood challenge: Roi is given the graduation present he has dreamed of. Dogsledding, hang gliding, a chance to see Pleistocene animals transplanted to a Terraformed vacation world, horseback riding, sailing … all the sports he has returned to with his recovery from paralysis, and a few new ones to learn.
They’re prepared for danger from weather, wild animals and extreme sports. But none of them realize that Roi’s half brother Zhaim, determined to recover his old position as Lai’s heir, intends to kill them if he can—and he’s decided that the dangers of the trip will make a perfect cover for his schemes.
How long will it take them to realize that the “accidents” they keep running into are more than just accidents?