Saturday Snippet: Playing Rex

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.

While Blade has been swaggering around buckling swashes and the like, Bo hasn’t been sitting around painting her nails. Independent lady that she is, she’s managed to track down a lead on her father’s whereabouts. According to her Sub-socia sources, a black market collector named “Rex” has come into possession of her father’s stasis pod. Whether or not her father is still in it remains to be seen.

***

Bo’s amber eyes narrowed as she pulled her gamecard from the randomizing field on the table.

“I call,” she said, tossing a stack of local currency into the pot.  “And I’ll raise you fifty.”

Bracing her booted foot against the edge of the table, she leaned her chair back onto two legs, balancing easily while she tucked the gamecard into her hand; a near-perfect Five-Point.

Her gaze settled on Rex, the only other player. She tried to ignore the feeding tubes that looped over his neckline like some hi-tech collar. The fluids that extended his life expectancy well-beyond nature’s intentions surged through in a gruesome show of wealth and excess. His pallid, corpselike flesh reflected far too much of the dim light that shone down on the Five Point table. If the rumors were true, this Rex was a third-generation clone of the original. He was the stuff of legend, and not the good kind.

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23 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: Playing Rex

  1. high stakes five point for the fate of her father, third gen clone, stuff of legends – and not the good kind (I really enjoyed that line). We’re definitely getting our money out of this snippet – lots of goodness stuffed inside.

  2. OK, I’m totally creeped out by Rex and totally enamored with Bo. Hats off to her for keeping a straight and objective face. This is a great snippet from the setting, the game, her intentions and her opponent. Loved it.

  3. Wow – packed snippet. Lots of icky, creepy detail. Although, if you ever want to post a snippet where Bo IS actually lounging and painting her toenails I’m game for that too (heck, you can just post that to my private-snippet email).

  4. Wow! This is a jam-packed snippet. Love the creepy description of Rex and Bo’s no-holds-barred approach to finding out more info about her father. Can’t wait for more.

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