Freedom and Equality--the two great virtues. Over these laudable ideals, wars have been fought, dynasties uprooted, and countless lives sacrificed to the flames of revolution.
They are what we call in the Mau'b tongue fusa'l and what you, in your fancy words, call "Unaliable Rights." But, really, are Freedom and Equality rights?
Freedom, certainly. All people, regardless of race, nationality, or identity are free to make whatsoever choices they wish, as long as they are willing to pay the consequences. All choices have consequences, some good, some bad, but responsibility must be claimed by the one who makes the decision.
So, Freedom is a fusa. But Equality? Ah, reader, when have men ever been equal?
- Mau'ab Masib, Ravings of a Sane Lunatic
(This is the opening of the novel, a quote from a book written by the main character.)
Michael Cooper has been asked for dozens of encores. He is such a skillful musician that he always surpasses everyone else—until now. At a new school and trying to build up a new life, Michael meets a trumpet player who is just too good for comfort.
1936: A time long ago, when murder was a crime worthy of the gallows. With such a high penalty to pay, murderers must either become extinct—or make their crimes more ingenious.
Planning: I'm laying the groundwork
In Progress: I'm writing it!
Drafted: I've completed a first draft, but it's certainly not ready for publication
Completed: I've finished it, but I haven't published it yet; it may very likely be waiting for a response from a publisher
Unpublished: It's finished, but I haven't published and am not likely to
Sold: A publisher has bought it, but it isn't published yet