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.
By this point, in the book, Blade’s back is against the wall. There have been several attempts on his life, one nearly successful, and he’s been ordered to give up his holofeature career and the woman he loves to take a safe desk job, complete with high security and body guards to protect him ~ a situation akin to life in prison with no chance of parole. He’s only just barely shaken the men assigned to protect him. His window for disappearing is rapidly dwindling. This scene is one last big gamble where he’s throwing all his chips into the pot and hoping he can pull out a winning hand.
The young man muttered a curse and turned his attention back to the firefight. After a few seconds he turned back to Blade.
“Wait… did you say you’re Blade Devon?” he asked.
Blade nodded. “In the flesh.” He sat down beside the man in blithe unconcern and stripped off his riding gloves. “So what’s my motivation? What’s the conflict? Who are those guys?” He nodded towards the eight gunmen.
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21 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: Method Acting”
Um, his motivation is staying alive? Love how he treats even a life or death situation as just another performance in the drama that is life.
You’ve hit it. It’s just another type of performance in his eyes.
Still great snippets…can’t wait for the book to come out! 🙂
I’ve lost two weeks of work on it, but it’s coming along.
That’s actors for you – the first question is always the reason behind his performance. Good sequence – looking forward to some more.
Great set up, can’t wait to see how he handles eight gunmen. Makes you want to read more.
At this point, I’m pretty sure he’s a bit mad.
I’m with Pippa. His dismissal of danger and focus on the world as a stage is riveting. Such fun to read. But also terrifying. He’s as bad ass as he seems, right?
*sigh* and then some.
Good stuff!! These things are so everyday for Blade…he may as well keep his cool and make some jokes while he’s at it. 😀
Well, he’s really just giving the reader permission to take it all tongue-in-cheek as a just another day at the office. This way, when I want the reader to feel the dire-ness of the situation at the climax, they will because he’s not taking such a cavalier attitude.
I think he’s gotten his life and his holofeature career as an actor mixed up.
Believe it or not, he does actually get the daylights scared out of him at least twice in this bookbook – just not here.
And Jarn’s at the usual place.
I’ll be by later!
Why am I picturing a younger Nathan Fillion playing Blade in the movie version of this book?
Captain Tightpants does provide a bit of inspiration here and there for a character…or two. Nathan Fillion would have made a great Blade.
Yes, I can totally see Mal here. Loved the eight gunmen at the end,
Really? I see Mal as more of an Aston West than a Blade Devon type.
I love this! Method acting, indeed! Blade, your motivation is to stay alive, and the conflict is that there are eight guys trying to kill you!