Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories.
Sorry, I skipped last weekend, but I’ll continue the scene from my latest novel set on Jupiter’s moon, Europa.
Tag line: Daredevil scientist and scarred alien in perilous alliance
Dr. Nikki Bell’s plan to discover intelligent life in the oceans of Europa hits a rocky start when her spaceship crashes on the icy surface. Seconds before she blacks out, she spies a man’s face in the water beneath the ice. When she wakes on the submarine Station, nobody believes her story. Convinced the mysterious stranger saved her life, Nikki searches for him while she explores the ocean and its alien inhabitants.
Kiron Arqin Ramis chose exile as a Watcher on a remote outpost to redeem his family’s honor. He never expected to find an attractive Earther woman close to death. He violates the prime policy by rescuing her. Despite suffering the penalty, he strives to warn her about his hostile leaders.
Nikki’s unexpected meeting with Kiron triggers a chain of disasters in Europa’s perilous oceans. Can the daredevil scientist and scarred Watcher forge a new alliance despite their people’s antagonism?
Book 1 in a new SciFi series, Taxyon Space.
Nikki has descended to Bathos, a separate part of Galileo Station constructed on the seabed of the Europan ocean. She plans to live on Bathos while she explores the native marine life. Tech Albright, aka Big Al, is giving her a tour. He explains what her predecessor told him: “One time, maybe six or seven weeks ago, Sally claimed the sub’s monitors had picked up an object shooting across the edge of their range; something shaped like a hunch-backed man.”
You can read my last snippet here: https://auroraspringer.blogspot.com/2017/11/rumors-snippet-from-europa-for-wewriwa.html
I’ve edited the excerpt to fit. Please excuse my abuse of punctuation.
“I didn’t see anything about a man in her official reports,” Nikki frowned and tapped a rhythm on her wrist. Had Dr. Merrigold seen her rescuer, the red-haired man? She arched her eyebrows, “Did she investigate?”
“Reckon she did; Sally went off in her sub and never came back; bloody disappeared!”
“Major Tarlick said they found the sub.”
“Real tricky search; four searchers in two subs with a load of detectors surveyed a wide area around her logged destination. Search took seven days; ocean’s a big place.” Al swung his arms in a semicircle, indicating everything outside the Station, “Mountains and valleys on the seabed, deep pits and fissures, volcanic vents; a ton of critters swarming everywhere.”
Nikki nodded, “Are you suggesting she was attacked and eaten by a large carnivore?”
“Seems more likely than a frikking merman,” Al shrugged.
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