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Yesterday’s post on media manipulation reminded me of this scene from HERO’S END. As a professional liar and a media darling, Blade is well-versed in media manipulation. He knows that most of the time when he’s in his role of holofeature hero, people and holocams are turned his way.
With Bo in a rare appearance at his side at the premiere of his latest holofeature, he’s promised a way to let her drink her favorite liquor, Gallis Rye, without blowing her Joy Babe cover. So with gossip reporters, holocams — and under the noses of a half-dozen Inner Circle security agents — he’s giving Bo a lesson on maintaining control of one’s image in the public eye. He’s about to publicly debauch his elegant and refined Kiara mistress (Bo) in order to make it easier for her to maintain her cover under intense public and media scrutiny.
With a flourish, he presented a glass filled with an iced amber liquid from behind his back. Keeping his arm across her torso, he settled into a more comfortable embrace. “This, my love, is called Gallis Rye.”
She would have reached for it, but he held it just out of her grasp.
“Now, now,” he said softly. “Remember what I said earlier? This is hardly a drink for the faint of heart or for fair maiden.”
“You’re going to make a show out of this aren’t you?”
“Of course I am,” he grinned.
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22 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: This Is Gallis Rye”
Had to chuckle at this. I’ll be late tomorrow, so grabbing what I can tonight.
I’m going to be slow at getting to everyone, too.
Ah, I always love the interaction between Bo and Blade… 🙂
They do seem to be having fun, don’t they?
Blade can be such a butthead sometimes, but you can’t help but love him. I love the snippet!
Thanks! Yeah, he may be a butthead, but he’s not mean-spirited. He’s only trying to find a way to let Bo be Bo. He’s advancing his bad-boy image and taking the hit on his own reputation to spare hers. In his mind, he’s being quite the hero! 😉
Sounds like a wild drink–nice world-building detail. 🙂
Blade wants everyone to know that as hard-drinking as he is, Gallis Rye will melt your teeth and it’s a bit too hairy even for him. It *is* however Bo’s drink of choice. It’s a Mondhuic thing.
I like the flare he uses, especially in light of the media presence and how he masks his intentions despite his actions. When she asked if he was going to make a show of it, I was thinking was there any other way with him. Great Snippet!
Thanks! The man is a performer down to his core.
I love his playful tone. It’s a lot of fun to read their interaction.
Thank you! Those interactions are the most fun to write, too! I love him when he’s like this.
I do like this bit 😀
I do, too. This comes at the mid-point, just before the plot reversal.
Of course Blade’s putting on a show. 🙂 Really enjoyed the humor in this!
Awesome! Thanks! 😀
This was amusing and a great character showcase!
🙂 Thank you!
Lol. I’m looking forward to “the show”. Great snippet!
Thanks! Provided I don’t get a donkey, tune in next week!
Lol. Helping, or manipulating? Great interplay between them.
With Blade it’s always a little of both. Thanks!