WIP Thursday

It’s been a while since I posted my current WIP (Work In Progress). There’s a reason for that. ‘Space Rogues 2: Big Ship, Lots of Guns’ is now with the editor, YAY! So there hasn’t been a ton of new words put to page.

Worry not, I’ve started on ‘Space Rogues 3: Something Something, Space is Dangerous (You know, working title)’ and have a few scenes to share!

First though an update on Space Rogues 2, it should be done with the editor May 1. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxiously twitching to get my hands on it and start the revisions. My goal is to launch towards the end of May. I want to give some ARC readers a chance to get it read first, post revisions. So, keep the end of May open, Space Rogues 2 will be ready for purchase/reading!

Ok on to the real meat of this post, a peek at ‘Space Rogues 3: Can we Charge for this?’

The main hall of the Vulvo estate is as big as a football field. Several hundred, if not a thousand Brailack are jammed inside. At the center of it all, a table twenty feet long; the crew of the Ghost and Bennie’s family.

“Man, I feel like we need to have a long chat later.” Wil is looking around the room, “You literally have watched my movies and read my books, and who knows what else in my private data store, and none of us knew your folks had a freaking castle?” He grabs a goblet of something from a passing server. “Does Xarrix know?”

Bennie stops talking to one of his siblings and turns to Wil, “Well, you know, family castles don’t really come up all that often. Plus, you’ve worked with Xarrix, has he ever shown an interest in your personal life?”

Maxim and Zephyr are opposite Wil and Bennie, surrounded by Members of the Vulvo family. Zephyr raises a hand to silence Wil, “Bennie, you said your family is small, there are hundreds of Brailack in this hall. You’re related to them? All of them?”

Bennie looks around, “Well, sure. I mean, not directly, they’re not all broodma— siblings, remember my folks only had two broods. Most of these folks are aunts, uncles, and cousins.” He waves his hand expansively.

From the head of the table, Carr-Ari clears his throat. The room falls silent, every single brailack at every single table turns. Wil looks around, Are we on a platform? When did that happen!? How high are we?

“House Vulvo welcomes home one of its own, Ben-Ari, we welcome you.” The old Brailack raises a glass in a gnarled little hand, “Welcome home son.”

Bennie smiles, “Thanks, dad. It’s good to be back.”

Wil nudges him, “You said you never wanted to come back here.” Bennie tuts.

Bennie’s mom, Po-Lu, leans forward, looking directly at Bennie, “Your sister, Len-Lu, can you rescue her?”

Bennie raises both arms in an expansive gesture, “Sure, we do this kind of thing all the time, mom. What can you tell us about the kidnappers?”

“And the kidnapping,” Maxim adds.

Po-Lu nods, “Len-Lu had finished a press tour for her latest release. She was en route to dinner here at the compound when her air-car was forced down in industrial zone seventeen. She was able to send a distress call before her vehicle’s comms were jammed.” Po-Lu shudders, Carr-Ari puts a hand on his wife’s arm, patting it gently. “We notified the authorities and dispatched our security forces.”

“You have your own security forces?” Wil whispers to Bennie, who waves him away.

Po-Lu continues, “By the time our forces and city security arrived, she was gone. We couldn’t find any sign of her, her driver was dead.”

“What exactly did your daughter do for a living?” Zephyr asks Bennie’s parents.

Carr-Ari answers, “Len-Lu was a successful vid star. She has made several top-grossing vids over the last several cycles.” He glances around the massive room, “She is one of our most successful children.”

Bennie glowers, “Just saved the GC from a civil war, but no big deal,“ He snaps his fingers, “Oh, and you know, saved the entire GC from a monster warship, wurrin bent on eradicating all life, but sure, Len-Lu is the successful one.”

I wasn’t sure when I started book two how much there was to tell about the crew of the Ghost but have to admit, starting book 3 I’m just as excited about them as I was in book 1.

Enjoy! Feel free to leave a comment on this scene if you like

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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