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I’m continuing from the beginning of my wip, Karrik, Book 6 of SciFi series, Taxyon Space. In last weeks’ snippet, Karrik was lying in a room in a hospice run by the Pearl Sisters. He has been in a semi-comatose state for months. This excerpt explains much of the backstory from the previous books.
He remembered diving under green waves in a vast sea. Two others swam with him. His brothers. Had he been like them once?
Now, he could not swim. Not with a single arm and leg. Shame stabbed into his foggy brain. He was only half a man, less than half, because he could not utter the words beating at his mind. Drenched in misery, he groaned.
Ten sentences and a few more
He slept, woke, swallowed what they fed him, and slept again.
The monstrous mandibles clamped onto Karrik’s arm, crunching into his flesh. His battle booster blurred the pain. Bone cracked. He screamed.
And woke, panting with terror.
Just a nightmare.
He reached up to rub his bleary eyes. No hand. His right arm ended in a stump at the elbow.
He groaned. It was not a nightmare, but his vivid memory of a real event. The Swarm attack that left him maimed and as helpless as a newborn. His brothers had defied their orders and run to rescue him. Where had they gone? Alarik and Baswin, the energetic First and loyal Second of the Flaming Comets Triad?
His brothers' stories are described in the earlier books, Alarik and Baswin. The three brothers are aliens, Warrish ‘mermen’, and the elite in their society despise physical deformities.
Monthly Bargain: 99c for Dame Audrey, Medieval Fiction with Fantasy and Romance.
In fourteenth century Britain, Dame Audrey cherishes her independence as the widow of a wealthy cloth merchant. But some of the wealthier traders covet her profitable business and she fears they will invoke the Abbot’s authority to compel her to marry a man of their choice. Her worst nightmare is suffering under a cruel husband like the hateful jeweler, Henry Goldsmith, who has threatened to curb her lively spirits.
Audrey joins a pilgrimage to Glastonbury to pray for guidance. The holy relics give her no inspiration nor do her fellow travelers. On the homeward journey, she aids the dying victim of a brutal robbery. She wins the stranger’s blessing and a gold brooch with a green dragon. Back in her hometown, the faerie brooch attracts trouble from thieves of all ranks and the attentions of a handsome yeoman, Selwyn Drake. As her nightmare looms nearer, she grows desperate to preserve her freedom.
Can the magic brooch help Audrey evade the schemes to force her into wedlock or must she submit to a brutal husband’s will?
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Sounds like he has many new changes to adapt to. I'm sure it will be hard at first.ReplyDelete
His life will improve after his eldest brother arrives.Delete
Vivid, evoking all the right emotions that make the reader want more. I know I do!!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Your encouragement means a lot since this book has been difficult to write.Delete
Tough snippet but well done as always. Happy Holidays...ReplyDelete
thanks. He's tough too. Enjoy the holidays!Delete
He is facing a rough future. The nightmare snippet was good. Tweeted.ReplyDelete
Thanks. He's awaking to reality, but it will get better.Delete
He's having a terrible time. Excellent excerpt!ReplyDelete
thanks. His alien society is intolerant of physical defects.Delete
For a warrior, one who lives by virtue of his strength and prowess, this is such a frightful fate....ReplyDelete
That's true. And worse, he's lucky to be in a hospice rather than being thrown on the streets.Delete
Such terrible wounds must be devastating to him. No wonder he has nightmares about the experience. I hope someone in the hospice can help him.Great snippet!ReplyDelete
Help is coming, slowly.Delete
Well done on relaying the pain and emotions. Great snippet.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I'll probably skip next week.Delete
How terrible that would be. My late father had a stroke in 2004 that paralyzed his right side. I know how humiliated he felt accepting assistance from others. He was very proud. I would feel the same way.ReplyDelete
Yes. I have attempted to show his humiliation and his determination to become more independent.Delete