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.
Blade slipped away. If he was any judge of character, Kayne would do as Blade told him. He didn’t seem like a hardened killer. As he made his way across the theater, he studied the eight gunmen. Now, they looked like hardened killers.
He didn’t like having armed civilian variables in the mix. Too unpredictable. That’s why he’d played it so blasé with Kayne. He needed the kid to back him up but he wanted to make sure he didn’t get shot either. He also needed Kayne’s blind trust and he wasn’t above playing on his holofeature hero persona to get it.
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27 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: Hardened Killers and Holofeature Heroes”
Well you can’t really blame Blade for playing on his persona. Nice snippet 🙂
Thanks. I know it’s all narrative, and not very interesting narrative, but it’s part of the transition. I’m debating moving to a different scene for the coming weeks.
Nice to hear from our holofeature persona. My snippet in over on my website as usual. I have to stop forgetting to add my name to the list.
That’s okay, I forget to post things.
Have to do what needs to be done, to avoid innocent people getting killed… 😉
Yeah, he’s such a paragon
Blade is such an honorable guy…exactly how I think of a hero.
Don’t let Blade hear you call him honorable. He’d argue the point.
Apparently Samsung’s working on a new 80′ Holo display. I can’t wait. Although you still need the hardwired neural implants to get the full ‘surround’ effect. Personally, I prefer ‘passive’ holo. The effect isn’t as convincing, but without the neural implants bored into your cranium, it’s much more comfortable for long stints of viewing.
That gave me a headache just reading that.
I can think of a few actors who started living their role. Usually not very successfully.
Well, the difference is Blade was living the role before he was playing it.
I do like this snippet as it gives us some of Blade’s thinking. Here’s hoping it works out!
Thank you. I’m debating continuing with this scene next week.
I really love how clever Blade is in playing his persona to save the day. I like getting into his head and am really looking forward to seeing how he plays this out.
*sigh* Just because you’re looking forward to it, I guess I’ll carry on with it a while longer. 😉
I like Blade already, and it’s the only snippet I’ve read 🙂
That’s awesome, Tara!
You can get acquainted with Blade through past snippets here: https://jccassels.com/category/sffs/
I’ll be giving away a copy of the first book in the series, SOVRAN’S PAWN, in an upcoming Happily Ever After blog hop contest starting next week.
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I’m going to tease Blade about this mercilessly at our next card game.
Watch out, he has been known to cheat on occasion.
Haha. I chuckled at this. Blade such a character!!
You have no idea.
Love the idea of ‘civilian variables’. 🙂
They’re a little more unpredictable than other kinds.
Ha, love it, especially the last line about playing on his fame somewhat. 🙂
Thank you! He really does “treat everything with equal contempt.”
The killers aren’t the only ones hardened.