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.
In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Monkey, I’m giving you an excerpt with an alien monkey from Grand Master’s Game (punctuated to fit). In this scene, Violet and Athanor have come to the Council Hall with a message in the first move of his game to oust the villains.
The Secretary was a Jangalorian, a small fur covered animal like a cross between a rabbit and a monkey. She leaped on top of the desk and crouched on all six legs; her white puff of a tail quivered, and she shrilled, “You cannot enter without an appointment!”
Athanor scowled at her. After one glance at his fierce hawk face and glaring laser eyes, the Secretary curled into a trembling ball.
Violet decided to mediate; she projected reassurance to the cowering Secretary. Then, she attempted to mollify her irate Grand Master, “The Secretary’s only doing her job; she’ll cooperate faster if you speak in a friendlier manner.”
He crossed his arms over his chest and muttered, “You speak to her, my conciliatory pawn.”
Squaring her chin firmly, Violet said, “My Grand Master brings an urgent message for the Council.”
The furry Secretary unrolled and jumped onto her six legs; her tail twitched and she stuttered, “Urgent message from Grand Master Griffin. Give scroll for Berthal to submit to Lord of Lightning, Council Chair.”
The discovery of the alien monkeys on Jangalore predates the events of the Grand Master’s Trilogy by some three hundred years. You can read about the first contact in my FREE short story:
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As always, your comments are welcome. Please return to www.wewriwa.com to sample the works of the other writers.
Sounds like the Grand Master can truly learn from his little pawn.ReplyDelete
They learn from each other, but he has further to go.Delete
I love your creatures, Aurora!ReplyDelete
I had fun imagining them.Delete
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The dynamic between Violet and Athanor just pops! All your excerpts read like you had fun writing the whole story, and that's cool. I think writing from people who love what they're doing has a certain zing that really attracts readers. :-)ReplyDelete
This trilogy was fun to write, also hard work to keep track of the different aliens and planets.Delete
Interesting creature. Reminds me a little bit of the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz.ReplyDelete
It's great if you can visualize her.Delete
Good thing Violet was there to act as a mediator!ReplyDelete
Yes, she mediates several times when he goes into Grand Master mode.Delete
I love how Violet keeps her cool and gets things done! Marvelous description of the secretary, too.ReplyDelete
Yes, he is used to being obeyed instantly, except Violet didn't always.Delete
The poor Secretary! Loved this whole scene, great snippet :)ReplyDelete
Yes - fun and illustrates the characters.Delete
I'm not sure I'd be too happy to help a man out after he called me a "conciliatory pawn." She's got a cool head on her shoulders!ReplyDelete
He calls her a lot of things, although never really derogatory - my little pawn, clever pawn.Delete
Love the description. Such an imaginative creature and great characters. Look forward to getting another glimpse into the world you have created.ReplyDelete
You can read the free short story, or wait and see what I have next week!
Delightfully original, Aurora. I like the Jangalorian. :-)ReplyDelete
Yes, they are cute.Delete
Yup, I can see Athanor putting the fear of God into that poor secretary. Luckily Violet is there to keep the peace!ReplyDelete
He does learn eventually to rein in his bark.Delete
You seriously have some amazingly imaginative creatures/aliens! You should have collector cards created of them. How fun would THAT be? Fun snippet!ReplyDelete