11 January 2013

SFFS: A Snippet From "Hiding in the Shadows"

Welcome back after a long hiatus from the regular Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday installments on the blog. Thanks for all the feedback you give on my snippets, and be sure to go visit all of the other writers through the SFFS link above as well.

I'm deep into working several different projects at once (because I'm a glutton for punishment). Hopefully this will keep my blog filled with snippets for the rest of the year. At the moment, I'm working up a submission for an anthology call. The title is still a bit up in the air, but for now, we'll keep the interim title, "Hiding in the Shadows" for this Aston tale. As always, things go from bad to worse for poor Aston. At this point, he's making one of his usual transactions that may or may not be completely legal:
I watched the ship’s mechanical arm lift out a cargo container, easing it down into the soft sand. The claw remained attached as I’d instructed. Though these three professed no love for the black market beauty Angelika, I didn’t plan on getting screwed over in this deal.

One of the other men scrambled over, popping open the latches atop the rectangular container. He climbed up the frame, lifted the lid and peeked inside, before giving a nod of confirmation to his leader.

The team leader tossed the money box toward me. I snatched it mid-air and examined it closer. My stomach churned and I stared daggers at him.

“There’s only six thousand here.”

This is why it's always important to get your money upfront and in full. Hope you enjoyed the snippet, and can't wait to bring you more in the coming weeks from this and other projects.