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Saturday, May 18, 2019

#WeWriWa - THE PILOT: Quit Primping


Each weekend, the Weekend Writing Warriors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

I'm sharing snippets from The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel. It's the 1st book in a series featuring strong women on the frontier of space. Last week, Celara's ship was hailed by one claiming to be Coalition Security. 

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines. It's also edited a little from the original.

Her boots clattered on the floor’s metal plating as she raced to the cockpit, she vaulted over the arm of the pilot’s chair, narrowly avoiding her copilot as he crawled out from under the instrument panel.
She hit switches to power up the sublights—it would take time to bring all systems back online, time they didn’t have, “Sure hope you fixed that accelerator.”
“It is only a temporary measure.”
As if they had all the time in the galaxy, Arjay straightened his blond hair back into its normal perfectly-coifed appearance before brushing dust from the viridian-green uniform favored by space crews in the Central District. Ever fastidious, he refused to wear the roomy dun-colored shirt and trousers of a true indie, like she did.
“Quit primping and get us out of here.”
He settled into the seat next to her, “We are leaving? They offered to help us.”
“Remember what happened last time?” 





        There's no place like home and he stole hers. 

Life on the frontier of space is hard enough so when pirates stole Celara d'Enfaden's cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.

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21 comments:

  1. Their body language couldn't possibly be more opposite. Great contrast.

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  2. Another fascinating snippet. She's tough but so is he.

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  3. You've illustrated the differences in these characters very well!

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  4. Love the banter between these two! A true partnership.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. If this was a new book, I could enter it in the chapter's Best Banter contest. :)

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  5. Sometimes opposites make great friends, as in this case, I see. Great dialogue here!

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  6. Way to amp up the tension, having her so eager to get going and him so laid back and leisurely!Enjoyed the snippet...

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    1. Thanks, Veronica. I'm so glad everyone sees the contrast between the 2.

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  7. I enjoyed seeing how these characters contrast each other so much, but I bet they work well together in a pinch. Fun snippet.

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  8. These two seem like friends. I like the banter between them.

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    1. Thanks, Elaine. They are good friends...in a way.

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  9. I wonder what happened last time. :) Great scene.

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  10. Lots of action I see. And the last line is great!

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  11. I wonder what happened last time. Great snippet.

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