Friday, November 20, 2015

#Supergirl Snippet for #SFFSat

Welcome to another Saturday of Science Fiction & Fantasy and read snippets exchanged by several writers.
This week, for a complete change, I’m switching to a snippet from a superhero WIP set in the fictional university city of Oxenford. Excuse the slightly nonstandard punctuation to fit into the 15 line limit.

Strolling back to St. Swithin’s, Diane had her arm through Julian’s, and Estelle followed two paces behind since the pavement was too narrow for three to walk abreast.
A scream echoed from the stone walls and Estelle ran toward the noise. She stopped at the intersection, recognizing the couple at the corner. Professor Philpot was attempting to pacify the screamer, Betty, the young woman who had been scared to go out after dark.
Professor Philpot spotted Estelle. His voice was apologetic, “I offered to escort Betty through the streets. She’s upset because she thinks she saw a movement in the shadow.”
“I did see a shape climbing up the wall. Right up a vertical wall,” Betty’s voice was shrill with indignation. She pointed a shaking finger at the church on the opposite side of the street, “Over there.”
Diane and Julian raced round the corner. “What’s going on?” Julian exclaimed.
“There!” Betty’s shrill scream pierced their ears.
A dark form, like the elongated figure of a man, clambered over the arched entrance to the church.

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  1. Intriguing! Superheroes in Oxford - sorry, Oxenford. We're used to seeing superheroes in big cities, but the dreaming spires are more usually troubled by magic and horror - this has a somewhat different feel that could work really well. I'm looking forward to seeing some more.

    1. Well it has horror and of course superheroes are sort of magic.