Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors - first snippet from Grand Master's Pawn

Welcome to another Sunday with Weekend Writing Warriors. Here, writers showcase their work with 8-10 sentences.
This week, I’m starting a scene from Grand Master’s Pawn. Pursuing her dream to explore exotic planets, Violet has applied to become the pawn of one of the Grand Masters, beings of immense psychic power. She has hidden her illegal talent of empathy. 

An artificial voice called, “Candidates will walk onto the stage, one at a time, and stand still for evaluation by the Grand Masters.”

One brave candidate stepped up, nearly stumbling in his haste. He stood silently for a few minutes before he was dismissed to the left exit. Her tormenter, Marius, strode to the front, and was dismissed even faster than the first candidate.

Violet compressed her lips and stepped forward, resolved to take her chance. She stood erect and stared at the row of lighted spheres. An uncanny vision wavered before her eyes, and she tensed, holding her breath in awe. The hazy image resolved into twelve people seated on thrones, human men and women and alien creatures.

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  1. You set the stage, so to speak, with the difficulty of Violet's task (i.e., others fail) and then created a spooky experience. Nicely done.

  2. You have such brilliant story ideas, Aurora. This one also promises to be excellent! Looking forward to more.

  3. Great job setting up a very tense situation. I'd worry for her even if she didn't have anything to hide!

  4. Loved it, especially the way the first two candidates were so summarily dismissed but her experience is bound to be different. Great snippet!

  5. Why do I get this feeling that being a "pawn" isn't as awesome as I'd set up to be?