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Sunday, June 6, 2021

WeWriWa: EU 76


 


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. IHappy June! If you'd like to participate or read tempting morsels from other authors, please sign up--or check the linky list at: http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ 

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This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. Emmily is on a supply run, and Adren (the youngest looking alien) is with her this time. He's just revealed to her that they will harm bystanders to keep her from exposing them to authorities. 

Several of you commented last week that my focus on Adren might be confusing to the reader about who is actually our heroine's romantic interest. The chapter I've been sharing is about a third of the way through the story, and is another supply run--which I've used as a vehicle to help flesh out  other characters within the group. One-on-one time with Emmily. Some may get side stories down the line. From this point forward, my hope is that the reader will feel like they know Adren a bit better, and possibly sympathize with him. I think that in the larger context of the story, it's obvious that her romantic interest is Genrael. That doesn't mean I'm discounting the comments and advice you generously shared with me last week. I'm learning. :-) And I do put them to good use. It's on my list to take another look at physical descriptions and see where they might need to be made less appealing through Emmily's eyes.

I'm finishing this chapter today, and will move on to a chapter where Emmily and Genrael's romance is the focus.  

Last week ended with:  His eyes ignite with a fire I didn’t think he possessed.

The Snippet:         

  

“The truth? I know it well. That Genrael, Kade, Jayla, Kuvio, Breen and me? Our truth is that we are stranded a long way from the safety and familiarity of our home. How or why we are here does not matter, but the reality is that we are. And we are not going anywhere until our rescue arrives." He pauses, then his voice cracks when he adds, "We are doing what anyone would do facing the same peril. Only what we must to survive.” 

     Yet again, he has rendered me speechless. 

     As I stare at him, he says in a voice gone so soft, I strain to hear him. “And we are trying to do it without harming others.” 

     My anger turns to heartache. He might tell me he’s older than me, but this… this crash that left them stranded a zillion miles from home for all I know, has rendered him in some ways no more than a frightened child. And still, there is goodness in him.

    My eyes swim. For how messed-up this whole situation is. For their terrifying  current life’s reality, In some convoluted way, I’m sympathizing with them all, like it’s okay, perfectly fine that I’m their hostage, keeping them safe until they can all go home.

   “I would do the same,” I tell him. “to survive, if I had to.” 

    He never even pointed a weapon at me. He used a threat, which I now suspect was an empty one. 

    I pull back onto the road and head toward home.


That's it for this week. Scene change coming up. Thank you so much for visiting and for reading. :-)

 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

WeWriWa: Eu75


 


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. If you're in the USA, it's the weekend to observe, to remember, and be grateful to those who gave all to defend our way of life. Also, it's considered the unofficial start to summer. May you find joy and gratitude. For everyone else, I hope you're having a good weekend. :-) If you'd like to participate or read tempting morsels from other authors, please sign up--or check the linky list at: http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ 

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This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. Emmily is on a supply run, and Adren (the youngest looking alien) is with her this time. He's just revealed to her that they will harm bystanders to keep her from exposing them to authorities. They're now in the store, getting their supplies.

Last week ended with: I draw back my lips, attempting a fierce display of...of what? I have no idea what the hell I’m doing right now. I might be losing my tether to reality. Their assessment of my sanity is way off. I bring my hands up to my face and wipe my eyes.

The Snippet:         

  

     Apart from Adren’s questions about specific items, we shop mostly in silence. After the grocery store, we stop at a building supply to buy rope. What do they need rope for?

     Three quarters of an hour into the journey home, nearly to our closest little town, Adren clears his throat. “I am…sorry,” he says. 

     I’m still pissed off at him, at Rael, and Kade. Pissed off at all of them.

     “I am speaking the truth,” he adds.

      I flip on my turn single and whip over into the parking lot at Chuck’s Watering Hole. I blurt, “Do you even know what the truth is?” 

A few more lines:

      There’s a flash of something in his eyes. Hurt. 

      His voice is low and I can’t read emotion in it when he says, “I do know what the truth is.” 

      Without even thinking about it, I make a noise, a disgusted sort of snort. 

      His eyes ignite with a fire I didn’t think he possessed.


That's it for this week. Scene change coming up. Thank you so much for visiting and for reading. :-)

 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

WeWriWa: EU74

 


 


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. If you'd like to participate or read tempting morsels from other authors, please sign up--or check the linky list at: http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ 

Also, check out the Snippet Sunday group on facebook. 

This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. Emmily is on a supply run, and Adren (the youngest looking alien) is with her this time. He's just revealed to her that they will harm bystanders to keep her from exposing them to authorities.

Last week ended with: I draw back my lips, attempting a fierce display of...of what? I have no idea what the hell I’m doing right now. I might be losing my tether to reality. Their assessment of my sanity is way off. I bring my hands up to my face and wipe my eyes.

The Snippet:         

   He says, “You are a good person, Emmily.” His voice is soft. He has lowered his head in what I now think is little more than an imitation of human expressiveness. “I mean that with all sincerity,” he adds. 

     What’s real and what isn’t? Will I even live through this? 

     I count as I breathe, willing myself to calm while I root in my purse for tissues. Then I clean up the mess on my face while I wonder how I’ll clean up the mess in my life.

     I mentally add tissues to my shopping list. Bet I’ll be needing more of those.

That's it for this week. Scene change coming up. Thank you so much for visiting and for reading. :-)

Sunday, May 16, 2021

WeWriWa: EU73


 


Happy middle of May. Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. If you'd like to participate or read tempting morsels from other authors, please sign up--or check the linky list at: http://wewriwa.blogspot.com/ 

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This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. Emmily is on a supply run, and Adren (the youngest looking alien) is with her this time. General has once again kept Murphy at the cabin under threat of harm if Emmily tries to get away. Adren is sharing with Emmily one of their methods of controlling her.

Last week ended with: “You operate on a norm of ‘do no harm to others’. Based on that, we believe you are highly motivated to not allow innocent bystanders to be hurt or worse, when  you can prevent it by following Genrael's rules.”  

The Snippet:           

     I can’t contain my emotion. Here comes that severe stress reaction. I grin like the village idiot as warm tears stream down my face. “Jesus Christ,” I mumble. “What other surprises do you have in store for me?” 

     His voice is softer now when he says, “We will sit here and wait until you are rational again. Then we will go into the store and get the items on your list. No one will get hurt, Emmily, because you are a good person.” 

      I try to give him my meanest look, working hard to narrow my eyes and lower my brows.

A few more lines to finish his reply: 

I draw back my lips, attempting a fierce display of...of what? I have no idea what the hell I’m doing right now. I might be losing my tether to reality. Their assessment of my sanity is way off. I bring my hands up to my face and wipe my eyes. 

    
I'd probably have moments that I'd think I was losing it, too. You?

I look up and see that number 73 in my title. The way I'm going, the entire book might be published on Blogger. I walked away from this manuscript for a month (other than a wewriwa post or two). I think I've gone through a dozen different ways to feel insecure about it. I'm back chugging away at it again. 

That's it for this week. Thank you so much for visiting and for reading. :-)