A blog by author Rebekkah Niles
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Last night I walked through a doorway only to find myself in the middle of a desert. I was thoroughly lost, but then a creature that looked suspiciously like a person-sized T-Rex came riding by. He gave me a lift back to town, an old-west style place populated mostly by aliens like him and a few stray humans. One of the humans was a former sheriff who was indebted to an alien. Apparently, the aliens had a strict code of honor, wherein if someone saved your life, you had to spend yours serving them until you returned the favor. Sheriff-dude had been rescued, so he was Dino-staff, like most of the humans in town. Since I hadn't been dying when I'd been found, my alien didn't feel like he'd saved my life (although he could have indentured me if he'd felt like it), so I became his roommate instead. This was a good thing, because I was the only female human to have gotten stuck here, and not all the men were particularly impressive. The sheriff was pretty good about keeping the others in line, despite being the new kid on the block, but it was getting kind of chancey. His Dino ordered him to mate with me, and I had to explain to all of them it didn't work like that - I didn't lay eggs and it would take more than a year of nest-tending to raise the kids. They were really interested and couple of scientist Dinos offered to sponsor the sheriff's debt (aka honorably pay it off) if they could study human courtship. I woke up in the middle of trying to explain that marriage was a lifetime commitment, since they didn't stick with a single mate for very long and didn't consider it to be a big deal.