“Stupid fleshlings!” Jonola hissed. “They wouldn’t know a good book if it hit them in the face!”
Jonola, along with Liza, Phoenix and Meadow, were hanging out in Meadow’s room at the Travilah Academy for Powered Students. Jonola was curled-up on Meadow’s bed next to Liza, who sat on the edge. Phoenix leaned against the closet while Meadow sat cross-legged on the floor on her mat.
Meadow replied, “Some books fail, others succeed, it’s the nature of publishing.”
“But you’re in the book,” Phoneix said as she fidgeted with a dagger.
Meadow folded her arms. “So? This society just isn’t ready to accept us, that’s all.”
“I don’t care if the book doesn’t sell a hundred copies,” Liza cried, “all I want is for people to stop calling the drawing of me on the book cover ugly! I don’t have an hourglass figure, but otherwise it’s me.”
Jonola ran a hand along her scales. “I don’t have an hourglass figure either but you don’t see me complaining.”
“But the hatred isn’t directed at you, it’s directed almost entirely at me!”
“Oh yes it is. Some idiot fleshing said I had breasts.” Jonola turned her snout up. “That’s an insult to Lamia!”
“I wouldn’t worry about it,” Phoenix said, “He was making it all up.” She sighed. “We don’t even know a Stacy.”
Liza’s cell phone buzzed in her pocket. She pulled it out. “I got a text message from Noah.” Her eyes lit up. “It says he’s going to write an Ethereal Girls sequel, just because!”
Jonola uncoiled and slithered up and over Liza’s shoulder to look. She let out a happy hiss while wiggling her forked tongue. “Yes!”
Meadow stood up and stretched with a faint smile on her face. “Does it say what the plot is?”
“No,” Liza said.
Phoenix flipped a dagger in the air and caught it, visibly unmoved. “We’ll find out soon enough.”
Liza added. “Noah also announces that his next release, the K23 Detectives reboot Deltan Skies, will be formally introduced March 4th where it will be given a firm release time frame. He adds that if people like this original book announcement and are interested, they can purchase Ethereal Girls eBooks for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. He closes by asking that those who’ve already read the book and enjoyed it, please leave a customer review.”
Jonola slithered off the bed. “That doesn’t make any sense. Who’re the K23 Detectives?”
“It does make sense,” Meadow said, “it just wasn’t meant for us.”
Phoenix looked up. “I often wonder if we don’t really exist, if we’re nothing more than book characters created from Noah’s imagination.”
“Just as long as people accept me,” Liza said, “that’s all that matters.”