Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. Snippets of ten sentences or less are yours for the reading!
Today’s snippet comes from Book Two of The Black Wing Chronicles~ liking the title THE BROKEN WING, how about you?
This week’s snippet is the next few sentences that follow last week’s snippet in which Blade is still recovering from the hovercycle crash and he’s still on Kah Lahtrec. Tahar, the strange spiritual guru of the Lahtrecki people is still caring for him.
Blade reached for another piece of wood and tossed it onto the fire. A ribbon of sparks spiraled skyward riding on the tendrils of smoke and disappearing into starlit sky.
“You do not see how we could possibly love and accept you.”
Blade’s jaw tightened until he felt a muscle twitch. “If you knew… if you knew the things I’ve done… what I’m capable of…”
“If all men were judged by what they are capable of, everyone would be in prison,” Tahar said.
Blade met Tahar’s eyes squarely. “I’m a bad man, Tahar.”
Tahar smiled. “The difference between a good man and a bad man is that a good man knows he is bad and has the desire to be better.”
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15 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: The Holy Man and a Bad Man”
The holy man is definitely wise…good stuff.
The title is growing on me, but still have that nagging feeling that there’s another one out there just waiting to be found.
Tahar is easily my most favorite character in this ‘verse. I’m so glad to be able to introduce him in this book.
Truer words have never been spoken! I’m still not sure about the current title, but that’s just me. I do see you have the title for the third one already.
I’ve had the title for the third one before I ever wrote the first.
Should I be falling in love with Blade? Is that a normal response from your readers? 😉 I love the back and forth between them. I have been extremely remiss in not reading your novels in entirety. It is a mistake that I will fix ASAP.
It’s a normal response, based on my experience. Not to say I’m falling in love with Blade, because that would be a bit awkward (and Aston can be the jealous type)…
You know I’ve got a thing for Aston, right? (Don’t tell Blade.)
Your secret’s safe with me!
It’s a perfectly normal response. Everyone loves Blade… except my husband. I think he’s jealous. He was oddly delighted to learn that at 6’4″ he is two inches taller than Blade.
I’m glad to hear it! I wish you happy reading.
“The difference between a good man and a bad man is that a good man knows he is bad and has the desire to be better.” – love that line!!!
As for the title, I think it’s good. However, titles are not my forte. I am always looking for help on that front! Does having a title help you develop the premise? or is the premise what leads to the title?
I just like knowing what to call the darn thing!
LOL! Thanks. That was the first line to come to me for this whole scene. I really love Tahar.
Good snippet. But without knowing the social setup of the world in question, is “in prison” right? Would “damned” (in the literal, spiritual sense) be better?
It might, but they really don’t have a concept for being “damned” in the Lahtrecki faith.
“If all men were judged by what they are capable of, everyone would be in prison.”
Great line, and very true!!
I wish I had a Tahar to sit and talk with sometimes.