Sounds Like A Virus Weekend Writing Warriors

First of all, I have to say my prayers are with the people of Paris. Such a tragedy, so very sad….

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!)

Today I’m giving a snippet from the WIP Star Cruise: Outbreak. Dr. Emily Shane has agreed to to take a temporary position as ship’s doctor on the Nebula Zephyr luxury cruise liner. Upon arriving at the clinic, she found a young passenger waiting, along with her large retinue and strange green pet. Continuing on from last week, with Jake speaking to the doctor:

“Sometimes our guests bring their pets along with them, yes. As long as the ICC regulations about inoculations are observed, no worries.” He got down on one knee. “What seems to be the problem, your highness?”

            “She sneezes and won’t play or eat or anything.”

            “Sounds like a virus, what do you think, doc?” Jake gave her a look. “You’re going to have to treat the little fluff, veterinarian or not.”

            Emily unbent a bit. “All right, if you can bring the animal over here to the examining table.”

There’s no blurb as yet. This is a standalone sequel to Star Cruise: Marooned, and Meg and Red will appear as secondary characters. The Nebula Zephyr is a sister ship to the Nebula Dream, although there’s no crossover of characters between the two stories. At least not yet!Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalHuge


33 comments on “Sounds Like A Virus Weekend Writing Warriors

  1. This sounds like an interesting story. I have a vet student character who served as an army medic, so a people doctor could just as easily serve as an animal doctor if need be.

  2. Boo for forcing a doctor to take care of sick animals. It isn’t fair to either the doctor or the animal, but alas, it’s kind of a standard expectation these days. 🙁

    I am very interested to see where you go with this thread. I’m thinking cross-species infection, pandemic scenarios, etc. Maybe even a bug that does nothing lasting to the little fluff ball but causes dramatic problems for humans. I suppose we just have to wait and see! 🙂

  3. Something just clicked in my head – if they do allow animals on board, shouldn’t they have a vet? I’m sure you can account for that one way or another, you have a very clever mind 🙂

    Otherwise great excerpt, as usual. It’ll be interesting to see how this goes.

  4. Thanks as always for the comments – very helpful as this is a first draft WIP. Yes, I figure a human doctor can treat a pet and vice versa. Actually the issue is that Dr. Shane doesn’t even want to be on the ship, so she’s grumpy about everything. We’ll see how much of this scene stays in the final novel!

  5. Haha! “At least not yet.” Characters do have minds of their own. Especially the ones you write, Veronica. None of them are weak or needy. 🙂 Bringing pets into the story–nicely done. 🙂

  6. Is there more to fluff’s illness? Just wondering. 🙂 Enjoyed the snippet and getting glimpse at the different personalities. They ring through in the snippet.

  7. This is the first of your work that I am reading. Just in this snippet I get such a great sense of your doctor…and the green fluff that may contain more trouble than she is looking for. Very nice.

  8. Hmm, trying to placate the little fluff’s owner and as a doctor she is probably the only one to do something. Just hoping that the “virus” isn’t going to turn into something quite a bit more sinister/

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