It’s almost Halloween, so for the rest of the month I’ll continue on with excerpts from several related short stories I wrote this summer, all interconnected and dealing with the apocalypse.
Here’s what we have so far:
- “Special” – a pair of twins with special abilities living in caves due to airstrikes
- “The Graveyard” – a plague kills off most of a western mining town
- “E.L.E.” – two polar opposite campers must work together to survive a meteor strike
- “After the Flood” – a naive, pampered girl tries to survive when the economy crashes and anarchy becomes the ruling system
This week I’m pulling from “Passing,” the story that ties together all the other ones.
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Jet cringed as static crackled over his comlink. It wasn’t loud, and their target was just a kid, but one could never be too sure what Sparks would pick up on. He smacked at his helmet and the line cleared.
<<See him?>> his partner Luce sent over the link.
He scanned the forest around him. <<Negative.>>
<<Roger that – I’m moving towards 325; keep on towards 35.>>
He rolled his eyes – with their link and his specs, he knew exactly where Luce was, and he knew the plan, too; he’d head out in one direction and she’d go the opposite, then after 100 meters they’d move back towards each other. He considered telling her to knock it off with the drama, but she was one of the best in the Department of Threat Assessment and Mitigation. Maybe she was less than professional sometimes, but she always got her Sparks.
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My goal is to have all these stories polished, compiled, and out by Halloween, but I have several big school projects coming up, so who knows if I’ll meet this self-imposed deadline (although on the other hand, with so many projects I tend to procrastinate on them and focus on other less-pressing stuff, so maybe I’ll get this done soon after all?).
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Excellent idea for a collection of stories!
I love the line: “Maybe she was less than professional sometimes, but she always got her Sparks”.
I can’t wait to read more.
Got my attention. Love the dialog across the links. Pulls you right in.
You set their working relationship up really well – great snippet!
Love the code talk and dialogue exchange! Neat snippet!
I always love post apocalyptic stories so I can’t wait for the entire book. This snippet was well done, tense, military-style…
Takes you right there into a space link situation. Well done. Thanks E.D.
Toward the end I had the irreverent thought that they ‘Sparks’ might be like Pokemon Go characters. Sorry about that.
Great collection of stories and snippet! Nice work!
They make Sparks sound dangerous, but I bet this kid won’t be too happy to be hunted like this. Makes me wonder what happens next, very nice!
I like the cross-radio dialogue. It works well. Nice snippet!
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