Saturday Snippet: Wooden Damsel in Distress

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 ~ Taking a week off from title worries.

This week’s snippet comes from a scene that is one of the oldest parts of my story canon. The idea for this scene dates back to 1984. Though it had been referenced many times over the years, it had never even been written until NOW!!

This is the scene in which Blade Devon leaves the perks of his Inner Circle affiliation and his holofeature career for the seedy galactic underbelly of the Sub-socia. A gunfight at an audition in a theater on the studio lot provides Blade just the right opportunity to change careers and escape the IC security detail sent not only to protect him from attempts on his life, but to drag him kicking and screaming back to a desk job on Trisdos at the end of a month’s time.


Blade switched off the engine and dismounted the cycle then reached for the straps holding his helmet in place. As he pulled it off, he heard the faint sounds of a commotion from the theater as one of the emergency doors flew open. Blade’s head snapped around. A young actress, burst through, running as if the terrors of hell chased her.

Nyla Losh was too beautiful to be real — which was a good indication that her beauty was surgically enhanced — but she had all of three expressions and a completely monotone line delivery. She was only marginally better in bed. The only reason his affair with her had lasted through principal shooting of the one holofeature they’d made together had been because the producer begged him not to end it until they’d wrapped. It had been the only way to make their onscreen love scenes believable.


That’s the snippet for the week. Thank you for stopping by. Please take the time to visit the other wonderful authors taking part in Science Fiction/Fantasy Saturday!

19 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: Wooden Damsel in Distress

    1. Thanks! They say to write what you know. In my misspent youth, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to write, act, or work in television. I’m blessed enough to have done time in all three.

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