Saturday Snippet: Shrinking Starlets

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 ~ HERO’S END.


He sidled up to the doorframe and peered inside.

Two young humanoid females huddled behind a row of dank and musty seats, sobbing in terror. They reeked of that strange combination of sweet fragility and blind ambition that marked aspiring starlets. Ordinarily he didn’t see their type this frightened outside of fending off lecherous producers.

Energy blasts split the air around them.

Poor kids.

Fear paralyzed them making them stay put when good sense should be pushing them out the door to safety. They weren’t really in the line of fire, but they way they huddled there, one would think they were pinned down.


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29 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: Shrinking Starlets

    1. Welcome back to SFFSat!

      Very insightful! Yes, Blade has indeed walked through those fires many times.

      I’ve based many of his reactions on those of my uncle, who was a WWII vet and career military. Very little ever rattled him. The only thing that ever shook my uncle’s ever-present cool was a woman’s tears. It was the only thing that could send him into a panic.

      Thanks for commenting!

  1. Brilliant! Fear’ll do that to a person. Love Blade’s clinical observations to the situation, like a true veteran. I’m not worried, Blade will save the day and those young starlets will live another day.

    1. Thanks, Heidi!

      I really do owe TM for helping pull that out in this scene. When he beta’d this as a short story I was working on, he made some insightful comments that got me thinking. Sometimes a guy’s perspective on things is invaluable.

  2. It is so cool that’s the line everyone loves. That wasn’t in the first draft. It wasn’t until I showed this scene to betas (as a short story) that I put it in. They kept asking “how does he know they’re aspiring starlets?” That right there is an argument in favor of the beta reader!

    Thanks everyone!

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