Saturday Snippet: No Such Thing As A Free Ride

Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. Snippets of ten to fifteen sentences or less are yours for the reading!

Since we’re finished with the Crime Lord, I thought I’d address some comments from previous snippets, namely the nature and identity of the Stowaway… Yes, this is still from BARRON’S LAST STAND. While breaking the Crime Lord’s kid brother out of a high security detention center, one of the other escapees – unbeknownst to Bo – tracks them to her ship and manages to stow away in her engine compartment. Unfortunately, Sundance, (Bo’s shipboard computer,) fails to let her in on this little nugget until after she’s fought another ship, outrun two picket ships, engaged her hyperdrive, and settled in to her bunk for a much-needed rest.


Barron's Last Stand ART5

As silently as she could, Bo made her way, barefoot, across the deck plates towards the engine compartment aft of the small ship. The palm blaster in her hand packed enough of a punch to take out organics, but not enough to interfere with the engines or breach the hull. That she had picked up a stowaway at all was inconceivable. According to her brother, Edge, she had the most secure ship in the Commonwealth, save the Sovrans’ personal yachts.

She paused just beside the open hatch into the engine compartment and took a deep, calming breath to steady her nerves. Releasing it, slowly, she counted to three then stepped through the hatch and quickly descended the steps, her weapon at the ready.

Something moved in the shadows near the repulsor drive. Bo leveled her weapon at the darkness. As she stared into the stygian black, her eyes adjusted. A large, humanoid silhouette stood still and patient as though waiting for discovery.

Son of a kretch! There is a stowaway!


That’s the snippet for the week. Thank you for stopping by.

If you’re interested in reading more about Bo, you can pick up your ebook copies of SOVRAN’S PAWN and HERO’S END for Nook and Kindle at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

If you’d like to read a sneak peek at BARRON’S LAST STAND you can find the first chapter at the end of HERO’S END and here on my website.

In case you missed them, here are some other SFFS snippets from BARRON’S LAST STAND

Portrait of a Crime Lord – Part One
Portrait of a Crime Lord – Part Two
Portrait of a Crime Lord – Part Three
Portrait of a Crime Lord — Part Four
Stowaway Part Two
Stowaway Part Three

14 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: No Such Thing As A Free Ride

    1. Thanks! I use a mix of both. I went with this one because the alternative we use is Terran-specific in that it refers to indigenous animals that may or may not exist elsewhere.

  1. Son of a kretch! Who is it? Or what is it? Now I have to wait a whole week. Cool detail about the weapon only doing damage to organics and not the ship. Blast away – Bo!

    1. Well, that was an important detail. The sidearm she usually carries – her antique Capre X2S Mergent Arms pistol – is known as one of the most powerful hand cannons Mergent Arms ever produced. There are only three in existence. One is in the Mergent Arms museum, the other is in a private collection. It would most definitely breach the hull, even if fired from deep inside the ship, through heavy plating.

      Even though the palm blaster will take out organics, some species with thicker skin and exoskeletons might only be annoyed. While she would use it without hesitation under the right conditions, she’s hoping she won’t have to.

    1. Thank you very much. I always knew those years spent with Classical Mythology would pay off someday!

      I actually have a new appreciation for the cliffhangers. It makes for creative snippeting. As for what happens…tune in next week for more!

  2. You grabbed me at once. I’ve just downloaded the book. If I love it as much as I think I will, you have two new readers, JC. My sister and I both love chronicles and I plan to tell her about your books.

    1. I just threw out 30k words this week that were bogging down the second act. This should actually speed the completion considerably! I promise plot twists, surprises, and the most action and adventure yet!

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