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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors May 1, 2016


Hello all my fellow Warriors (and Snippeteers)! :-) Happy May.

Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly bloghop.  Each week, participants sign up HERE at wewriwa.com, then post 8 to 10 sentences of their work, published or unpublished, on their own blog to go live before 9:00 AM Sunday EST. (We check sign ups and remove links when we don't find a wewriwa post to save ouir participants from clicking on empty links--so please have it live by 9:00 Sunday morning--eastern USA) Then we visit each other and read, comment, critique, encourage--all those things that do a solitary writer's heart good.
              Snippet Sunday group from facebook--not us, but many of our participants do both, can be found HERE



Setup:  Earth has been invaded by aliens. Our MC, Lily, and her dog, Jobe, were captured.
      Lily is on the ground with her wrists and ankles secured. It is dawn, and the alien commander and Lily just locked eyes. Last week's snippet ended with Lily asking the alien why he'd spare her dog's life--or hers for that matter.

Creative punctuation alert. 
We continue from there:

His brows furrowed.

Lily spat the words at him, “You know, like you kill everyone else you get in your sights?”
His face relaxed. “Not everyone, but that is a reasonable question. We kill many, but when we can capture with low risk, when our targets bear no arms or we greatly outnumber them, we assess slave value.”
Bile rose in her throat. Slaves.   
“You are interesting, small but mighty, you have a fierce warrior inside. You  defied me, daring to spit in my face when your death was at hand.” He surveyed her body, then continued, “And  you will be good entertainment for me.”




  That's it. So if you wondered what the aliens' "business" is, galactic slavers they are.  And having entertainment value is worse than having no value... Yikes!

Have a great week!

57 comments:

  1. Slavers? Yikes! I wonder how she will get out of this mess. Great snippet!

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  2. Entertainment value? Oh-oh! That's almost as bad as being on the menu...the plot thickens!

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    1. It is--and this alien is pure evil. The characters haven't decided yet if they'll redeem him at all before the end of the story. Thanks, Elizabeth!

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  3. Wow, that's like hell. Is that better or worse than death, I'm not sure. At least she might have a chance to escape.

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  4. It is like hell, or hell's just ahead for her and her dog. Thanks for visiting, Linda!

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  5. Rational evil is terrifying. Excellent snippet, Teresa. I suspect this is going to get very messy!

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  6. Oh crap. Hopefully it won't get to a point that she wishes she'd been killed instead.

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  7. Good entertainment for him? Hmm, sounds like she's in trouble and like I'm intrigued. :) Excellent writing as always. :)

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    1. Thanks, Neva. Yeah. She's in trouble. :-)

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  8. Eeek ... "He surveyed her body" doesn't sound good ... and neither sounds "slaves" .... great snippet.

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  9. I don't think I'd want to be entertainment for him. *shudder* Great snippet

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  10. Of course they have to be in the slave business...when you're taking over a world, you wouldn't want your own people to do the menial labor... ;-)

    Fun snippet. Enjoyed it.

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  11. DOH! This doesn't bode well! Terrific interplay and suspense, Teresa!

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  12. I don't like where this is going but I can't wait to see what happens! Great snippet.

    ~Joyce Scarbrough

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    1. Haha! The train wreck you can't peel your eyes frm. :-) Thank you so much for your comment!

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  13. Hope she is not in for a fate worse than death. But at least, being alive means she still has a chance of escape. I wonder what his plans are for the dog, however? Surely dogs don't make good slaves too?

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    1. The biggest risk to the dog right now is becoming food. Thanks for visiting, Rachel!

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  14. This one gave me chills. I don't think providing the entertainment for a ruthless alien can in any way be a good thing.

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  15. Hmmm...a fate worse than death, maybe?

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  16. From the frying pan into the fire - loving this.
    Tweeted :-)

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  17. Great snippet. I love that I'm not sure if he's assessing her entertainment value sexually or as a fighter.

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  18. Whoa! That last line... I'd be freaking out! Great snippet!

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  19. Ruh ruh...entertainment, for HIM personally? Gak! What does he want with her?? Great snippet...MORE MORE MORE. :)

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    1. Oh come on, Rose. Surely you have a pretty good idea what he has in mind!

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    2. None of it is good, Rose. Ruh ruh indeed... Thanks!

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  20. Oh dear, not exactly what a girl wants to hear from the alien overlords. Cant wait for more!

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    1. Not at all what a girl wants to hear. :-) Thanks, Veronica!

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  21. Cue horrible, sinking feeling! I think I heard her "gulp" all the way from here. Poor girl!

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    1. Yeah. She's not in a good place right now. Thanks, Monica!

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  22. "Small but mighty" indeed! Now she's going to have to use that feistiness to find a way out of this mess.

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    1. Yeah. She's in a mess for sure. Thanks, Christina! :-)

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    1. Nothing will be easy for her for quite some time. :-) Thanks, Elaine. :-)

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  24. I look forward to this every week. Can't wait til it's published.

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    1. Thanks, Cara! Your words are great encouragement!

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  25. I'm really not liking the way he says entertainment!

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    1. Yeah, he's not a good guy---or perhaps it's more that he's part of a culture that by Earth standards is cruel and cold. Thanks, Caitlin.

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  26. Ohhh! Great snippet. You show so much about who they are.

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  27. Yikes. This is not someone I want to be around. Ever. Which means he's awesome villain. ;)

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  28. Oh, he's an arrogant one. Fantastic excerpt. Had me snorting out loud.

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  29. This spells trouble. Looking forward to the next snippet.

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  30. He's so matter of fact about it. Make you want to push his face in, for starters...

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  31. This all sounds very, very bad! Great snippet, definitely left me wanting to read more...

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  32. Slave or entertainment, none of the options are good! I like how you keep making things worse for our heroine :-) [Am still hoping the dog gets out of this unhurt!]

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    1. Thanks, Marcia. I'm kind of starting to wonder if the tension has gone on too long. Eeks. :-)

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