Friday, January 8, 2016

#Superhero #Mystery Snippet from WIP for #SFFSat

Welcome to another Saturday of Science Fiction & Fantasy and read snippets exchanged by several writers.
First, I wish you all a wonderful 2016!

Today, I’ll jump into my WIP, a young adult, superhero romance. The story is set in the fictional city of Atalanta, a sunnier, southern version of Gotham City. This snippet is from the first Chapter.I'm still agonizing over a cover.

“This is how we found her.” The city trooper gestured at the woman’s body sprawled on the grass behind the dumpster. “Nobody’s moved the body. We’ve taken all the photos. A purse was found eight feet from the body. No evidence anything was removed, cash, credit cards, license, phone still inside.”
Frowning at the expression of terror frozen on the dead woman’s face, Inspector Parkins muttered, “Not a simple theft turned ugly.”
“No, Sir.”
“When was the body found?” Parkins asked.
Consulting his notes out of habit rather than necessity, the policeman said, “A passerby called at 10:15am. Man toting a bag of trash to the dumpster. The dispatcher sent me here immediately and I called your office when I saw the wounds.” 
His face glistening with perspiration, he offered an opinion, “Body’s stiff. She’s been dead several hours.” Looking straight ahead, the officer quoted from the forensic textbook, “Presumed cause of death is a severed carotid artery.”

Please return to and read the other snippets.
Your comments are welcome as always. 


  1. This feels more like Film Noir - an ugly murder in a poor side of town. It's a good hook - lots of questions for the reader to ponder.

    1. I'm concerned that my stories often begin too slowly. This will set the stage and warn readers to expect action.

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    1. Thanks Misa - its my superhero story that grew from your idea for short stories.