Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday: Old Wounds #11


Look at that! It Saturday again! That means it’s time for another SFF Saturday Snippet! What’s SFF Saturday? It’s a group of authors who post snippets of SFF prose and poetry for comment. You can check out other SFF Saturday posts, too.

My good news for the week is that the manuscript I submitted to Harper Voyager waaaaay back in October during their unagented digital submissions open window has made it past the first cut! But I’m one of 948 (out of 4,500+ originally) so still very much long odds. But hey, I made it that far! (Yeah, I have an agent now, but back then I didn’t.)

This weekend will be full of writing and housework and packing. I’m heading out to WisCon next weekend! But I’m packing early, as the cats get bent whenever I take the suitcase out. Or clean. So I want to give them a chance to calm down before I leave them.

So while I’m folding laundry, here’s another snippet from Old Wounds! This is the eleventh part. You can find the other parts here.

When we left Master Sorne, her mysterious guest (still holding Dilan at gunpoint) just told her he was doing all this because “they” had his daughter.

“And you have someone’s son.”

There it was, the waver. In his face and in his arm, telling her that he did not want to be here. “She’s three,” he said.

Fire and ash. There wasn’t much he wouldn’t do either, then. “Put down the gun and tell me. Perhaps there’s another way out of this.”

The man did not move for several long moments, then he lowered his arm. “I have no other hope.”

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11 thoughts on “Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday: Old Wounds #11

  1. Nothing like a hostage situation to get the adrenaline going…good luck with your Harper Voyager submission!

  2. Awesome come back line with “And you have someone’s son.” It really pinpoints Sorne’s character. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops.

    • She’s not an end justifies the mean kind of person. But she does understand doing things you’d rather not do.

  3. Good luck to you!! Keeping fingers crossed. And once again, great snippet!

    • Thanks! I’m glad they saw something there worth reading!

      It’s actually set on the same world as this piece, just something like 350 years later, so modern tech.

  4. I agree with SA – like that comeback line. But shame man, he’s so sad. “I have no other hope.” 😦

    Awesome on the submission – keep it going 🙂

    • It’s a tricky situation, for sure. He’s quite desperate.

      And thank you. 🙂

  5. Nice snippet! I’m really enjoying how this plot and your characters are developing. Good luck on your submission!

  6. So why does he think she can do something?
    I’m here, BTW–forgot to put in the link.

  7. So much desperation and understanding squished together in this scene–pushing against each other to see which will win out. Lovely tension.

    Congrats on making the first cut for HV. Your work definitely has the ability to win out! Whoo! (Hope your cats calm down before you take off.)

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