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    Nora had been surprised when she found out that the inhabitants of this planet didn't have some sort of marriage ceremony. Åsh had told her that once lovers accepted and claimed each other as a life mate, it was considered to be stronger than human marriage ceremonies. As they couldn't decide what to do, Nora and Åsh decided to compromise and combine the two traditions. Nora got her big family gathering and Åsh got his vows.
    "Nora Wing, citizen of New London, section 6, of planet Earth, I claim you as my life mate."
    Now it was her turn. Nora took a deep breath and hoped she wouldn't make a mistake. If she did mispronounce his name, it would be considered an insult. "Åshlichtein Bjorkona Ýepsilon Psykeria, Lord of area KX-2081 of planet Nexon Zeblir, I claim you as my life mate." She heard Gabe, an old friend and trusted member of her crew, whistle. He had been teasing Nora about claiming her life mate but he hadn't understood why she had been so nervous about it.

    With tension leaving her shoulders, she smiled at her husband. Nora and Åsh had the rest of their lives together.
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Challenge #2 for :iconflash-fic-month: : FFM - July 4, 2012 Welcome to Flash Fiction Month 2012, Day Four.

Congratulations on surviving to day four. Are you ready for another challenge? This challenge might be a little harder than the first one, but we know you can do it. How do we know it? Because you all continue to impress us with your stories. You're all very good. We look forward to reading all your amazing responses to today's challenge. We do not look forward to having to judge them at the end of the week.


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Now and then, we'll offer you a chance to prove your literary prowess with a challenge. It's enti

The challenge was to incorporate elements of science-fiction and romance.
I was taking the mickey out of some science fiction books. Like why is it that some of their characters have ridiculously long and complicated names?

This is bad but I was really stuck on this challenge. Science fiction is my least favourite genre to read and write about and although I liked the idea of writing about androids falling in love, nothing came to me.
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012   Writer
:+fav: Excellent use of the prompt; this was really fun flash fiction to read. Congrats on the DLD.
lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is sweet. I like the use of the prompt :D
WishingUnderThatStar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's rather surprising but thank you very much. :giggle:
lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome :D
angeljunkie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Photographer
Simple and sweet. Definitely like the jibe at sci-fi names. Like the genre, but man. Some of them are a mouthful :)
WishingUnderThatStar Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the comment and the fave! :love:
I've read a few science-fiction novels but I find the genre hard to follow. Maybe it's because I haven't read well-known sci-fi books but with the ones I have read, they either info dump or expect you to know what's going on without much explanation. And yeah, the names can get ridiculous!
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