Saturday, September 29, 2018

Only Hint - Snippet from #Superhero story for #WeWriWa



Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Meet writers in various genres and read 8-10 sentence snippets of their stories. Find a new author and sample their work. Enjoy!

I’m running snippets from an unpublished short story in my superhero series. It was written for an anthology that didn’t get published. I’m debating whether to expand it into a novella or make an anthology with other short stories. Any suggestions are welcome.

Background: After Estelle joined their table, Toby, the leader of the Secret Supers, has just explained that Gecko’s baby sister is missing.
Last line was: “Yep; know how it is; ain’t easy to lose part of your family,” Toby drawled.

Toby continued, “Problem number two, our contact in the cops’ station sent word they’re worried about street kids disappearing. Inspector Parkins suspects child trafficking or something. Reckon the two problems might be connected.” Stabbing his forefinger at Gecko, he said, “Tell them about the chief suspect.”
“Okay;” Gecko frowned; “Normally, Juliana rides the school bus with Sofia, a girl from the next building in our complex. The day she went missing, her friend was sick, and neither of the mothers came to meet the bus. Bus driver watched a woman greet Juliana and lead her away. Typical Latina, short hair, neatly dressed; driver thought she was a relative from out of town. Didn’t get worried until next morning when the cops called.”
Toby said, “Know it’s not much, but she’s the only hint we have.”

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28 comments:

  1. Oh dear, this doesn't sound good. Let's hope that one clue is enough.

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  2. Oy, child abductor in the area... That is a serious problem.

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  3. Nice tease, Aurora! Building suspicion into terrifying possibility. Doesn't sound good . . .

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    1. Thanks. It isn't, but the Secret Supers will find her by the end.

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  4. A family's worst nightmare - abducted child. *shudder*

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  5. Seems as if they have a solid clue though and a witness at least. I agree with others who have said what a nightmare an abducted or missing child is! Great snippet...

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    1. Thanks. It seems more of a case for the cops, but they haven't found the woman.

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  6. At least they have a description, though that might be a pretty common look!

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  7. This isn't a very definitive clue. I hope it leads to something more concrete.

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  8. Scary situation. Hope they're able to quickly find the kids. Nice, strong snippet.

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    1. Thank you. Of course they will take until the end of the story to find her.

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  9. Hopefully they'll get more clues quickly!

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  10. A scary thought that they were taken. I hope they find more clues and fast.

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    1. It is only a short story, but they'll be frustrated by the scarcity of clues.

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  11. "Not much" is an understatement!

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  12. That's really scary, they don't have anything to go one. I wonder why she went with the stranger though.

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    1. She didn't say. Probably the woman said something plausible like, "Your mama sent me."

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