Well, hello again! I want to blog more this year, so I’m back posting for Science Fiction Saturday! It’s a blog ring of SF/F snippets and you can check out other SFF Saturday posts, as well.
Here’s another snippet from Old Wounds for you. This is the nineteenth part. You can find the other parts here.
The cue word for this week is Cascade. I’m going to cheat a bit, because I haven’t been around in a while. What we have here is a cascade of trouble for Ambrose.
When we last left Master Sorne, she’d declared Moroloch, the man who’d given Ambrose a job, to be no gentleman.
“I know that now,” Ambrose said. “When the shipment disappeared, they broke into my home in the dark of the night, bound both me and my wife and took our girl.” His hands shook and anger turned his face darker. “I couldn’t do a damned thing.”
“They wanted you impotent.”
He jerked his head up. “Well, they succeeded. By the time Moroloch came, well into the light of the next day, I was—not myself. He offered me a way to get my child back. He didn’t care about the garnets or the emeralds, just the sapphire.”
Wonder what’s up with the sapphire?
A sapphire the size of an egg – and a way to get the child back. The mystery deepens. And Morolach definitely is no gentleman. Something tells me that Master Sorne is going to get involved… Good snippet – looking forward to how the tale develops.
Your characters are always so realistic–the dialogue, the details of their movements, their reactions. And even out of context, these details pack a punch. Abduction in the night and a ransom for jewels–particularly one jewel–very mysterious.
I’m agreeing with Peter and Jalissa – some great set up going on here. Dig deep emotionally by taking away the man’s child and set up some mystery around what this sapphire really means. I see a rescue in the future and Sorne at the helm. Looking forward to reading more!