Argue Later Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedHere’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 authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

From my new, best selling science fiction romance Star Cruise: Marooned. Last week I seem to have confused people a bit with the eels and Meg’s actions in the shuttle, so a more straightforward ten today. Meg, first aid kit in hand, has rushed to the beach. Red is dealing with Sharmali’s injury.

As Meg headed for the injured passenger, the Primary intercepted her.

            “Miss Antille, I demand to know how something like this could happen.” Purple in the face, he waved a hand at Sharmali. “I paid top dollar, if not an exorbitant price, for a safe, enjoyable cruise for myself and my guests, and now the poor girl’s had her foot eaten!” He was so upset he was spitting.

            “On behalf of the Line, I certainly apologize, sir. We do everything we can to ensure the safety of our guests under all circumstances, but if she swam beyond the sonic barrier—”

            “She was standing in three inches of water right next to me,” Finchon said. “That monster could have just as easily gotten my foot.”

            “The barrier’s off,” Red informed her, not glancing up from his task, “Can you argue with him later? I need your help.”

MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700The Story:

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

33 comments on “Argue Later Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. I hate when I go on vacation, barriers go down and my foot gets eaten… ;D Great scene, Veronica, just the right mix of humor and tension.

  2. I’m starting to think the worst thing about this alien world might be the people she’s stuck with! (except Red, of course.) Hope they have a foot-regrower in their first aid kit.

  3. Ha…this sounds a bit like my vacation last month!! Great how calm and professional she stays while trying to assuage the angry passenger’s tirade. Nice tension–and what a visual this prompted!

  4. I really liked this snippet – after riding EMS for almost 30 years encountering folks who were more concerned with their own displeasure rather than the people who needed medical help I could certainly feel Meg’s inner impatience and admire her polite facade.

    “Marooned on the dangerous outback world”, fantastic setting for tension and hooking readers into coming back for more. Great snippet.

    • Thanks, Chelle! I take that as a high compliment, coming from one who knows EMS situations as you do, that I caught the mood of some bystanders in my account of this situation. Yes, this situation is more reflective of who Meg is, rather than her attitude in previous snippets, as far as Drewson was concerned.

  5. Thanks for all the comments! (I should probably mention that Finchon is exaggerating a tiny bit in his anger but things are looking very bad for poor Sharmali nonetheless.)

  6. She’s steady in an emergency. Good thing they have Meg to help. I have a feeling things are only going to get worse.

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