And now, for the snippet (and the repeated disclaimer that this is mostly first-draft material):
I looked up, fury filling my heart at the woman interrupting my lesson in negative reinforcement. Then, I did a double-take at the pale-faced redhead just before she smacked me across the face. I released my grip on the boy, whom she snatched up from the ground. I couldn’t tell whether he’d successfully pilfered my funds, but wasn’t about to let this pair get away with it if he had.
Yanking my blaster out, I flipped the switch next to the trigger. “That’s fully automatic, in case you were curious.”
“Put that thing away!”
“I plan on searching that kid for my money.” I aimed the barrel at her face more for emphasis than anything. “So, if you’d care to hand him over...”
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