Saturday, August 19, 2017

What the Styx! Snippet from WIP for #WeWriWa #SciFi #amwriting

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.

Okay, I’m biting the bullet and offering snippets from my WIP. It’s at 59k words and I’m editing. Among other things, I have to deal with killing off one minor character and rewriting him out of later scenes. This story has several deaths.

Current Tag line: What alien creatures lurk under the ice crust of Europa?

Here are the next few lines of Chapter one. Dr. Nikki Bell is traveling to Europa to study the alien life in the ocean.
It’s not a final version and any suggestions will be especially appreciated.

   The ship’s layout fixed in her mind, she kicked off, traveling diagonally from wall to wall to propel herself through the empty corridor to the nearest life craft.
   Overhead lights flickered and faded to black, leaving only the line of red arrows marking the direction of the exit. The corridor bucked. She banged against the wall and stumbled onto her knees, cringing at the creak of overstrained metal.
    The siren’s whine cut to silence.
   What the Styx did that mean? She had to get out. Nikki struggled upright and flipped on her headlamp. The bay with the lifepod was a few steps ahead. Its door was shut and no one was visible in the annex.

I will probably miss one or both of the next two weekends due to traveling in Europe. So, here's a freebie to keep you amused - 


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  1. Exciting and very tense! I can't wait to keep reading and have my fingers crossed for her. Great snippet.

    1. Thanks - I'll probably skip the next couple of weekends.

  2. Oh my, what a scary snippet. Nice job, Aurora. :)

  3. This sounds like a great story. It really is a tense situation.

  4. Intense scene!
    Thanks for the freebie. Picked up a copy.
    And Safe Travels!

    1. You're welcome. Cat is a general favorite.

  5. Things seem to be going from bad to worse.

    1. And they will spiral downward later in the chapter.