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Sunday, September 13, 2020

WeWriWa: EU45




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     This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. 
To read a compilation of all snippets posted for this story, click Here: Emmily Unbound, Chapters 1 & 2  Emmily, the main character, has lost pretty much everything in the last twelve months: her marriage, her parents, her job, and her house. She and her dog, Murphy, have moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania into an old, remote, hunting camp her parents willed to her. On her first day there, along a desolate road she's been forced at gunpoint to haul a wounded man to her house.:
Last week ended with this: Awe hell. I can’t do it. I’m going to pass out. Nothing will stop my hyperventilating.
Now, the  snippet:
      One more time I glance over at Kade. His brows pinch together, and he reaches into his pocket. Before I have time to juke away from his hand, he holds something under my nose. Cool mist.  My breathing and my pulse slow. And where is this sense of peace coming from? Maybe it isn’t peace at all. Maybe it’s plain and simple resignation. 
     No. No way. There will be an opportunity to get away.
 That's the snippet. A few more lines if you're interested. :-)

        He’s used an aerosol drug. I fight the perfect calm descending over me. In only a couple of minutes, as I park in the shade of the lone hemlock among oaks and maples in the yard, my heartbeat is already speeding up again. Thank heavens his drug is short-lived.   

The working blurb for this story follows: Tagline:
     Her simple plan to never love again was working just fine until that alien crash-landed in her backyard... 
          Or this one: 
     Sometimes the simplest plan doesn’t turn out so simple...
     After losing everything that bound her to her ordinary and happy life, Emmily has one plan: move to the mountains. Oh, and never give her heart away again.
     But everything goes sideways when a UFO crash-lands on the ridge next to hers, and on a desolate road she’s waylaid by men demanding help for their injured ‘General’. He’s confused, bleeding, and sweet Lord, good looking—even while sneering and growling at her.
     Fleeing an ambush meant to kill him, Gen Rael is gravely injured when his ship crashes on Earth. The human woman his crew captures to aid them is a confounding mixture of terrified, defiant, and beautiful. A female distraction is the last thing his hindered mission can afford. But this Emmily woman is cutting through the steel wall he keeps around his heart.
     Despite being their hostage, Emmily isn’t blind to the peril they’re in: there’s a threat coming from the stars, and it’s lethal to all of them, including her.
     And her simple to plan to never-ever fall in love again? Looks like that’s in peril, too…

        That's it for this week.


  1. Love the use of the 'calming agent'. If she'd freaked out, she AND her dog might have died in an accident. She's got to get a grip if she's going to get out of this alive.

  2. I was thinking the same as Nancy. They all could have died in a car crash instead of a spaceship crash if she hadn't calmed down. Anxious to see how she handles what comes next!

  3. Rather amusing how short a time the calming drug works! But a good thing to have right before she would have passed out...an unexpected solution to the problem. Now on to the next challenge! Enjoyed the snippet...

  4. Very perceptive of him to realize she was about to lose it!

  5. If I had that drug, I'd be huffing on it right now. I like how she fights it, though. She doesn't want to get complacent.

  6. Getting a lot of mixed signals from these guys. Maybe they're not as bad as she thinks?

  7. Her self-awareness throughout this confrontation is a very effective way to characterize her.

  8. It would take drugs to calm me in such a situation.

  9. If all the drug does is make her calm down, she'd best not fight it. She needs her wits about her! Great snippet!

  10. These guys get more and more interesting the longer I read!

  11. "I fight the perfect calm descending over me." I like that. Great word imagery. And the latter on the blurb. The first is wordy and a bit messy.

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