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Saturday, September 19, 2020

WeWriWa: EU46



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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: 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.   
Now, the  snippet:
     Kade’s already coming around the car when I open the door. I exhale when I realize he no longer holds his plastic ray-gun. 
     I'm being held up with a toy gun? It might be funny in a dozen years. That is, if I live to see it. But for right now, I have to show some caution. The gun could be real, even if I can’t imagine how. 
     Nope. Even in distant hindsight, this will never be funny. 
     They still wear their sunglasses and I’m afraid I know why. 
 That's the snippet. A few more lines if you're interested. :-)

They might all have those same goofy pupils as the bleeding guy. Why on Earth would they wear contact lenses that make them look like they have wild animal eyes? What’s the point? Unless… I shudder. What if they aren’t contacts…   
     Yeah. Right, Emmily. Bigfoot will wander into the yard, next.
      Poor Emmily. She's a doubter at heart. :-) She's flip-flopping back and forth, trying to come to a conclusion that makes sense.

The working blurb for this story follows: Tagline:
     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 plan to never-ever fall in love again? Looks like that’s in peril too…

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



  1. Ah, so she thought they were contact lenses? An obvious assumption in hindsight, but I'm coming at this as a reader already knowing there are aliens involved, so I missed her thought processes when she first saw the injured one.

  2. I mean, of course we would doubt they'd be anything other than lenses. But, I think she will find out the truth soon enough. Great snippet!

  3. Oh some interesting details here. I liked the snippet.

  4. This poor girl, she's trying so hard to convince herself that what's happening isn't what's happening. I'm enjoying her thought process

  5. I can relate to how she's totally second-guessing all of her logical conclusions.

  6. It's in our nature to rationalize things, so it makes sense she would think they were contacts.

  7. I had a student who wore contacts that made her eyes look like animals eyes, or cue balls. It is rather disconcerting.

  8. I know the contacts Michael Jackson wore in Thriller made him look truly creepy, so I might also think that's what these guys were doing. Like a fraternity prank, right? Except I don't really think that's what it is. Great suspense going on here!

  9. I don't blame her for flip flopping. I think I would too.

  10. Her reaction as a skeptic is right on. If skepticism about the popular fantasies is part of who she is, it could be hard to give it up.

  11. She's trying to make sense of it all, and it seems natural that she would especially when the truth is so out there! lol I have a hunch she'll figure it out soon enough.

    I'm enjoying the snippets!

  12. Poor Emmily! I love the unusual tangents her mind wanders off to during all of this adventure! Great snippet...

  13. There is one thing that makes someone truly creepy. It doesn't have to be an alien species either, and that is the eyes.