Friday, September 14, 2012

Europa

Below is my snippet for Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday from my short story, "Europa."  "Europa" can be read in its entirety in SPECULATIVE JOURNEYS, and at Smashwords.

 "Lieutenant Cordelli, return to the Explorer with Lieutenant Clay in one hour.  That's an order.  We'll remain in orbit and prepare the shuttle for another surface landing.  We will not abandon Lieutenant Duval."

 One hour.

 Jouno perched himself on the edge of despair, the thought of leaving Europa, with Rylie alone beneath the ground, numbing him. The late afternoon shadows cast gloom across the landscape that not so long ago had mesmerized him by its uniqueness. Soon it would be dark. Above, he saw two sister-moons and wondered how much light they would reflect down upon him. 

He leaned toward the view-screen, his heart sinking into his gut. Rylie had opened the weird looking triangle and walked through it--and then she disappeared.

10 comments:

  1. Not a good sign when somebody just disappears like that. Now, I'm curious! Good snippet!

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  2. Great snippet! Leaves me wanted to know what happened...

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  3. Ohhh, interesting!! She...disappeared. What? You can't leave it hanging!! :) Great little snippet!!

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  4. Nice hook. Where did she disappear to?

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  5. Definitely a great hook at the end! I can totally feel his apprehension. ;)

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  6. Wow. Well, I am definitely hooked, that's for sure. :) Great stuff!!!

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  7. I love the despair mixed with the intrigue. A potent mix to keep a reader hooked. It worked. Looking forward to more.

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