Saturday, November 19, 2016

Grotesque Parody of a Man - Snippet from Gargoyle Hunt for #WeWriWa #Superheroes

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers in different genres showcase their stories with 8-10 sentences. Join the fun and read our snippets.

I am posting snippets from Gargoyle Hunt, Book 3 of Secret Supers.

Blurb
Danger is the last thing on Estelle’s mind when she visits the University of Oxenford for a summer course. But, mysterious thefts and shadowy figures spur her into action. With Toby five thousand miles away, Estelle and her winged horse must hunt for the culprits alone. Soon they are embroiled in a mixed bag of aliens and ancient magic. Toby’s unexpected arrival throws her into turmoil and spurs events into a climax. 

By popular demand, I’m continuing from a scene with a gargoyle in action.
Estelle is walking to St. Swithin’s College after dark when another student, Betty, sees what she calls a ghoul climbing the church wall. Estelle switches to Starrella and finds her flying horse, Rockette.  

Revolving in a semi-circle, Starrella touched a warm neck and moved her hand down the mare’s body. Visible briefly as a ghostly figure, she scrambled onto the broad back, “Let’s fly!” 
Thrusting her wings down, Rockette soared toward the church tower. The uncanny man-shape had climbed to the top. On closer inspection, the figure resolved into a grotesque parody of a man, all gray and mottled like weathered stone. Its arms and legs were twice the normal length, a long tongue drooped out of the creature’s oval mouth and a short tail dangled at its back.
Bounding on its stumpy clawed feet, the misshapen creature lunged straight at Starrella and Rockette. Its clawed fingers clutched for them. Starrella shuddered in alarm. How could it perceive them in spite of their invisible nanocoats?

 Gargoyle Hunt

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31 comments:

  1. I'd say that gargoyles (for such I assume it is) have some magic of their own.

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  2. Not nice to discover your assailant is immune to one of your more powerful defences.

    Splendid excerpt, Aurora

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  3. Not nice to discover your assailant is immune to one of your more powerful defences.

    Splendid excerpt, Aurora

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  4. Great excerpt. I love seeing the gargoyle come to life. Scary stuff.

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    1. It's funny - I don't like horror stories!

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  5. Ooh, gargoyles have some hidden abilities, it seems, which just makes the plot even more fun. Great snippet.

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  6. I love everything gargoyle, so this was fun for me to read!

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  7. Great description! And it sounds like their magic doesn't work on this paranormal creature. Love it! :)

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    1. The nanofabric is from alien technology, which I have a little in advance of ours. The gargoyle, however, comes from ancient magic.

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  8. That's curious that the magic doesn't work on the gargoyles, but they are magical creatures so I can see how they may be in tune with anything supernatural. Not good for the heroes. I hope they have a backup plan.

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    1. No planning here - they were only looking!

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  9. Yikes! Creepy gargoyle alert! Good world build with magic limitations, so important to creating a believability factor.

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    1. Thanks! This world has aliens & magic, rather to Toby's disgust.

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  10. Cool! I love gargoyles as architectural features (wrote a post on them, https://arhtisticlicense.com/2016/10/29/out-of-the-mouths-of-gargoyles/) but I've never read a story about "live" ones. I'll be back.

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    1. I've lived in Oxford where the old buildings were covered in grotesques.

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  11. Love the gargoyle's description, esp. weathered stone. You upped the stakes by revealing the gargoyle's magic. Good job.

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  12. Obviously another magical creature. This sounds bad for Starella.

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  13. Well shit... That's never a good thing. I wonder how they're going to fight their way out of this snag now. Never assume the creepy figure is at the disadvantage when it certainly doesn't look very human.

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  14. Good question. I hope she finds an answer in time to counteract it.

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    1. This is in the second chapter, so there will be plenty more action.

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  15. Gargoyles are scary enough in stone. I'd hate to see a living version! And this one sounds extra scary with his super-sight!

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