Saw this awesome logo with a sword and a pen and thought I had to know what that was about. Turns out it’s a weekly thing for writers to showcase a snippet from their writing.
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In this scene, our hero, space pirate Captain Roger, and heroine, actress/chauffeur/tour-guide Miss Xing, are trying to escape from the Royal Navy by hopping a tram.
Before I reached the top of the stairs, Xing was shouting down at me, barring my way. “Your plan, Roger?”
“Move it, there isn’t time!”
Her eyes blazed with anger, then she grabbed hold of me and kissed me.
The sudden, thorough, and altogether welcome physical-contact, the already established first-level skin-link, the adrenaline pumping, the urgency and the surprise, all made smithereens of my rational thought…. right as she passed a third-level skin-link request.
As our mouths mingled, and the rails screamed beneath us, my thoughts were laid bare to her: She knew my plan, and a heck of a lot more besides.
Her eyes opened wide and she broke off the kiss, pushing me back, and I wondered when I’d wrapped my arms around her waist.
“Got it.” She said, then turned and leapt up the remaining stairs.
I shook my head and scrambled after her…
A little more about what’s going on in this scene, so it might make a bit more sense: the day before, Roger hired Xing as his tour guide and chauffeur, ostensibly because he’s newly arrived and has a lot to accomplish in a short time. She’s only doing it because the economic realities in the colony are making it difficult for her to follow her dreams in the theatre, and so she needs the cash. There’s mutual attraction, but it’s early days.
Earlier during dinner, when they first noticed the Navy lieutenant watching them, Xing decided to open a first level skin-link between her and Roger’s minds (using the electronic implants that practically everyone has), so that they could plan their escape from the restaurant without needing to use The Net (which could be hacked), or to rely on speech (that could be overheard or lip-read). For the link they just need skin-to-skin contact, and then each needs to accept the link (with level one being only basic permissions like text or image transfer).
Now that they’re on the tram making their escape, there’s a high likelihood of a catastrophic crash looming, everything they’ve tried to stop the runaway carriage has failed dismally, and Roger hasn’t taken the time to explain his next plan to Xing. As you saw above though, she’s got a few plans of her own…
Hard to pick only a few lines from an entire novel, but these were a few where I thought that quite a bit happens in a short space. Would love to hear which parts you think work, or which don’t, or any thoughts at all really! 🙂
If you feel inclined, I’ve since written a WeWriWa 2 post, here.