Consequences of a helping hand–SFFS for 11-2

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Last week, I thought I’d signed up for SFFS, but apparently I hadn’t quite made it. You could check it out here, if you missed it.

Today’s snippet is also from HORIZON STRIFE, the second book in the Horizon Crossover series.  As the book opens, a mysterious illness is beginning to affect members of the Doubtful‘s crew. Dani Jamar, who runs engineering, is one of those first laid up in the infirmary. This leaves xenophobe Benzi Quinn in charge of the department.

On his way back to his quarters after a very long shift, Benzi finds one of the aliens who works in engineering unconscious in a hallway:

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Benzi stared at the wall, trying to ignore the graying skin and labored breathing of the alien, then that despised pity crept in again, and he relented. “Damn me, I can’t leave him like that.”

            This time, he leaned his back against the wall and put his feet square against Halian’s thick arm. Digging his toes under Halian’s shoulder, he slowly straightened his knees, pushing with all his might, till the big alien flopped over on his side. The pressure released, Benzi crashed to the floor, ass first, sending a wave of pain up his jolted spine right to the top of his head.

            His groan echoed down the hall, and he fell sideways, holding his aching noggin. When he opened his eyes, he found himself staring at Halian’s wide hind end. His stunned, tingling nerves wouldn’t even let him move away. He was stuck.

            “Bleeding fried chicken gums!” he growled through clenched teeth.

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cvr200x300horizonstrifeNo good deed goes unpunished, isn’t that how the saying goes? Poor Benzi. Poor Halian, too.

The novel, in final edits, is expected out next spring. I’m working on volume three, HORIZON DYNASTY, as a NaNoWriMo project, hoping to get a first draft down quick and dirty. Any of the rest of you use NaNo for that purpose? Or doing it in general?  What do you like about it? Or dislike?

For more great snippets from a variety of Sci-fi and fantasy authors from around the world, check out Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday, this week and every week!

(P.S., if you haven’t had a chance to read the first series book HORIZON SHIFT yet, you can still pick it up here. Enjoy!)

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Posted on November 1, 2013, in book, fiction, science fiction, Uncategorized, writing, young adult trilogy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Talk about a pain in the butt on multiple levels. At least he stopped to help him. I’m going to try to use “bleeding chicken friend gums” at least once today.

  2. He may be a xenophobe, but at least he isn’t totally cold-hearted. Incompetent, maybe, but not callous. Good snippet – I went back to read the entry from last week, and that was good, too. Looking forward to seeing some more.

  3. In the first book, Benzi was paranoid beyond belief as far as aliens were concerned….but his moral compass takes a swing in this book, on to the next. 🙂 Thanks for coming by.

  4. Nice characterization of Benzi trying to overcome his paranoia.

  5. Very colorful swearing. I also liked how you described the process of flipping him over–it painted a vivid picture.

  6. Nothing beats a “colorful metaphor.” 🙂

  7. Glad to see he’s able to get past his xenophobia to help, at least. And “bleeding fried chicken gums” is a great exclamation. 🙂

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