No Time To Waste Weekend Writing Warriors

WeWriWa buttonHere’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…A fun way to sample new books and find new writers!

We’re onto a new story of mine, a WIP that still needs a lot of work. Mark, an ex-Special Forces soldier in the Sectors, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue a kidnap victim who’s been taken to the border planet Freemarket, where anything goes and the authorities are usually hands off. Kind of like Las Vegas…he’s broken into the house of  Barent Kliin, the kidnapper, persuaded Alessandra to go with him and fled in a stolen car, pursued by the bad guys and the planetary police. They collided with a cargo hauler…Mark knocked the driver out and assisted Alessandra from their wrecked vehicle, after which the couple flee into the crowded marketplace but are now trapped…until a strange little being showed up, offering to help…

 “There’s no time, travelers,” the creature said, grabbing Sandy’s skirt with its other hand, “You must make haste.”

            Biting her lip, the princess took a deep breath, “I don’t think we have any choices, do you?”

            “Out of options,” Mark agreed, staring into the little being’s glowing yellow eyes. “What do you have in mind, friend?”

            “Come, come, come!” Maintaining its hold on Mark,  releasing Sandy’s skirt as if disgusted by the silky material, the sentient backed away.

         Worried about getting separated from Sandy in the crowd, Mark clasped her hand so hard she gasped. Their odd guide led the way,  weaving and dodging through the crowded aisles until the two humans were hard pressed to keep up.

SFR Galaxy AwardAnd in a bit of fun news, I’m proud to say Mission to Mahjundar, which I used to excerpt here, received an SFR Galaxy Award yesterday.



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31 comments on “No Time To Waste Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. Congratulations on your award!

    They seem to have seen this type of being before, or else they’re so desperate to escape they don’t mind dealing with it. I might lose my longtime fear of aliens too if I were between a rock and a hard place.

  2. They might not have any choice… but that little alien is acting just weird enough to wonder if they’re heading from the frying pan to the fire.

    Congrats on the award!

  3. Thank you, everyone, for the kind words about the award and the snippet! Much appreciated! Since we’re just doing excerpts, you didn’t get the chance to read all that comes before in the WIP, and how truly desperate the situation on Freemarket is for Mark and Sandy/ But that’s why when this odd little character says it can help, they grab at the straw, so to speak. More twists coming LOL.

  4. Congratulations on the award! Well deserved! As for the snippet, I wonder if there is any pArticular reason for it’s disgusted toward the material and where he’s leading them.

  5. I hope he’s trustworthy. He must have very specific tactile preferences if he doesn’t like anything silky. Sort of reminds me of my boys’ various sensory texture issues.

    Congratulations on the award, Veronica!

  6. Interesting snippet. I like the foreshadowing of something bad happening later. Why was the guide odd (consider giving a small detail or describing why)?

  7. Very nice little snippet! For some reason I’m imagining the creature like a house-elf from Harry Potter. Interesting where our imaginations immediately take us. Thanks so much for sharing!

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