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Where He Belongs

Rachel Haimowitz

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The hottest name in network news is Daniel Halstrom. He is a sensation, a rising star. He is also a slave, owned wholly and completely by NewWorld Media.

But before he was a star, he was a frightened child from a bad place with a promising, if limited, future ahead of him. In The New Kid, young Daniel begins his schooling. Then, for a slave, the simple pleasure of a Bathroom Break is sometimes the only pleasure to be had. Later, Daniel doesn't know it, but A Chance Encounter might be the most important of his life. Next, in Camera Obscura, one of Daniel's colleagues reflects on the fact that as much as the camera may show, it can hide even more. Finally, when you're a slave, Independence Day is just another day.

Exclusive Bonus Content!
Excerpt from Anchored by Rachel Haimowitz, the debut novel in the Belonging series
The never-before-published prologue to Anchored
A sneak peek at Counterpunch, the upcoming Belonging novel by Aleksandr Voinov

Independence Day

I've never quite known what to make of this day, this celebration of the nation's independence. On the one hand, there's a party, time off for most of us, and a magnificent fireworks display we get to watch from the roof of our West Side dormitory. It's one of the few nights a year the InfoGlobe slaves can drink—can get drunk, even, but don't expect an ounce of sympathy for hangovers in the morning—can dance and sing and gorge ourselves on barbecue and just... relax. On the other hand, we're slaves, and 'independence' is just another empty word. It doesn't really apply to us.

I think too much, I know. Nobody else looks sad tonight. Nobody else looks introspective. Yet, as I stare out over the sparkling lights of Midtown, I can't help but wonder how different my life would really be if the British still ruled the colonies. The beer in my hand would be warm, perhaps, but I'd still be a slave, still be doing someone else's work and calling someone else master. All our vaunted democracy, our taxation with representation, means nothing to me. Nothing at all. I can't vote. I can't even testify in court without a judiciary waiver. After all, I don't pay taxes. I'm nothing to the IRS but a corporate write-off, a dependant.

I wonder if the slaves in England are tax deductible, too.

5 - Jenre at JesseWave Reviews
"Each story is a masterful slice of life and I found myself drawn into the Anchored world once again. What really stood out for me was the way that each word is precisely placed to show us something of Daniel and his situation as a slave, as well as tell us something of the narrator of the story.... If you haven't read Anchored and want a taste of what that story will entail, then this would be the perfect place to start."

5 - Alex at Between the Covers
"The five stories were delightful, all of them bittersweet with an aftertaste of hope.... Each of the stories is short, but the concise yet exploratory writing used every inch of the page to draw out the dynamic of characters and the relationships and show glimpses into a world that the reader wants to see more of."

5 - CAS at Queer Magazine Online
"Where He Belongs serves as a very tantalizing apéritif to the more robust entree of Anchored: Belonging. If you haven't already read the first book in the series this is sure to stimulate your appetite. It's a collection of little "sips", if you will, of Daniel's life before his enslavement to InfoGlobe as news-anchor. Each little sip is delightfully delicious and sure to prepare even the most discerning pallet for the sumptuous feast that is yet to come."

5 - Lisa at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
"Each of these stories succeeded in drawing me into the Belonging world, and though I haven't read Anchored, it didn't prevent me from understanding or becoming invested in them, the characters, and the lives they lead. What it did serve to do was make me want to go back to the beginning and delve a little deeper into the alternate reality Rachel Haimowitz has so skillfully created."

4 - Amara's Place
"[T]he author managed to pull me in to each story, which I was very impressed with given how short they are. Each one was wonderfully crafted, vivid in its description and full of emotion.... I really enjoyed this collection; it was wonderful to be able to revisit Daniel. I would highly recommend it to anyone who read and enjoyed Anchored, as well as anyone who hasn't yet read it and would like a glimpse into the Belongingverse and life of the main character."

4 - Rho at The Romance Reviews
"Rachel Haimowitz has such a talent for world-building in a way that's so subtle and tangible you have to remind yourself that the setting isn't real.... If you have read Anchored, I think that this book is an excellent companion piece, and if you are interested in the Belonging series, I think that you could read Where He Belongs first in order to get that background information first before reading Anchored."

Series

Belonging

Length

6,000 words

Release Date

Book Type

Short Story

Categories

Gay

ISBN

978-1-937058-22-7 (print)
978-1-937058-16-6 (ebook)

Cover Art

Nathie Block

Keywords

M/M, slavery, speculative fiction, alternate history, dark themes, dark themes