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.
Last week, the Five-Point game with Bo and “Rex” started heating up with an all or nothing bet with Bo’s father’s stasis pod on the line.
Bo rubbed the palm of her hand against the weapon’s grip, never taking her eyes off her gruesome opponent. Timing was everything. She couldn’t accept too quickly, or he’d smell a setup. She couldn’t take too long or she’d lose him. Play the mark, not the cards. Royce’s words echoed in her mind. Bo watched Rex, waiting for the tell-tale signal that the timing was right.
His smile widened ever-so-slightly in victory.
There it was.
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24 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: Playing The Mark, Not The Cards”
I hope she’s reading him right.
Yeah, me too!
Great inner monologue and I love your last line. I’m with Sue Ann–I hope she’s reading him right, but if not, I’m sure she can handle it. She’s got that vibe about her.
Thanks! Bo is starting to come into her own here and become the character she was always meant to be.
Exciting!!! I mean, SUPER exciting!!!
Well, I’ve got to throw in some excitement every now and then! 😉
Spot on. The thought process is crisp and clear–I think she’s right. Which means something bad probably happens next. 🙂
I’m sure gunfire will come into play at some point. It usually does.
Everyone has a “tell”, let’s hope she found his. Great read and you’ve kept the suspense around this scene for quite a few snippets. “Play the mark, not the cards” – Great Line
Thanks! That line pretty much shaped the course of the scene for me.
Doh. You started your snippet with “Bo” and then “rubbed” and then I got distracted. I had to read it twice!
You’re a dawg, Cary. I love that about you.
And now, the real fun begins. Nice snippet! Looking forward to what comes next.
Thanks! I am too!
Ooooh, nice! I like Bo’s reasoning, analyzing, and examining we get to play a part in. The “Play the mark, not the cards” line was great!
Thank you. I have to admit that I built the scene around that line.
Oh! I can’t wait to see what happens next. Love the inner voice and her calm.
It’s like fishing. You have to be calm and patient and wait for the trout to strike.
Great build-up of tension – edge of the seat, waiting for it all to go haywire. Great snippet!
Thank you! Ten sentences at a time tends to drag these things out.
Oh the suspense intensifies. I’m actually beginning to bite my nails in anticipation. Bo is awesome!
I’ve found that a pack of Twizzlers spares my nails. 😉 Thanks! I’m passing fond of her myself.