Friday, 4 May 2012

SFFSat - May 05

Welcome to another SFFSat, where a bunch of us post snippets from our written works and shoot the breeze.  Thanks also to everyone who stops by and leaves awesome comments.  Much appreciated.

Today a WIP from a short story, part of the To Catch A Marlin tale (a futuristic cat and mouse chase involving Special Inspector Michael Pedroni and the vigilante he chases, Jax Marlin...who he has become smitten with.  Well, Jax is quite beautifully exotic, as vigilante's go).  It's a bit darker than usual.

Taken from To Catch A Marlin - The Necromancer of the Avon.  In this scene, Inspector Pedroni is on board the derelict battlecruiser, the Avon, which has been missing for over 25 years.  What he finds on board is rather gruesome...

Jax Marlin did not have a hand in this.
He smelled slaughter.
The Avon reeked of it.  Old death, accumulating from years of violence, seasoned the air with its thick, heady stench.  The walls inside the main docking bay dripped with sheets of ice, trapping the gruesome brown streaks that could only be made from high velocity blood spatter.  The passageway fared no better.  Protected from the biting cold of space, the walls and floor shone with the horror of more death.  Years upon years of blood splashed everywhere.  Some had faded, others looked like they had only been made as recent as a week ago.  It smelled fresh.  Layer upon layer of blood presented itself as Pedroni and his team walked the long corridor.

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  1. Oh I love a good slaughter, especially an old one preserved in the cold and vacuum of space! I'm sure someone will find a way to blame Jax. Great snippet!

  2. To quote several people, "I have a bad feeling about this." Great snippet! Looking forward to more.

  3. Great description...gruesome, but still... :-)

  4. I agree with JC. Somehow the preservation of the slaughter is even more haunting. As if that energy will always be trapped there and your MC is walking right into it. Totally foreboding and I dig it. Looking forward to next week!

  5. sounds like my old school in Leeds!
    Loved the description, Mrs T.

  6. Intrigue and danger...what more could I ask for?


  7. Gruesome. I gather there is atmosphere and heat in the main part of the ship, or they wouldn't be able to smell?

  8. Kind of wishing I had read this AFTER finishing my breakfast.
    Great descriptions as always.

  9. Wonderful description of the horrible place!

  10. *shudder*

    Brilliant description.

  11. That's is seriously disturbing, as though the killing hasn't stopped in all those years.