Space Rogues 4: The Horror Story Job is officially “done”. In this case “done” being, “First draft completed.”
I’ve started the first round of revisions, and will be getting it off to the editor in a few weeks or so. I’m aiming for April(ish) for the release.
Ok, that said, enjoy a bit from Space Rogues 4.
Zephyr circles her opponent, padded bo staff held in a relaxed, ready position. Her opponent is in a similar stance, their eyes are locked on each other, waiting for the other to make a move.
“You know, I began my training with staff weapons at the age of twelve. When do Peacekeepers start their training?” Cynthia asks. She feigns a lunge, then turns on her heel and swings her staff in a wide circle, almost catching Zephyr in the ribs.
Almost, the Ex-Peacekeeper bends at the knees falling backwards while bringing her own padded staff up to deflect the blow. As her shoulder hits the ground, she kicks her legs up, catching Cynthia in the jaw as her legs come up and over. She’s on her feet in seconds. “It’s not how long you train, it’s how well you train.” She smiles.
Cynthia rubs her jaw then makes a purring sound, her tail swishing back and forth, she feigns a swing for her Palorian opponent’s feet, then switches and swings up past Zephyr’s defenses, connecting with her ribcage, causing the Palorian woman to exhale loudly.
As they separate Cynthia asks, “So are missions with you all, always like this?
Zephyr twirls her staff, “Like what? What did you expect?”
The Tygran woman circles slowly, “Well, I met you all, or at least Wil, right before you saved the GC From civil war and nearly toppled the peacekeepers.” A jab and a quick parry, “Then you know, that whole killing living ships thing, and coming aboard the crew.” A side kick, then dodging a one-two combination, “Now we’re hauling around what were those?”
“Some type of artifacts.” Zephyr asks. The Ghost is days away from Drellor Seven, where they’ll resupply after an extended mission to deliver some valuable artifacts to the Museum of Antiquities on Lopnar Three. “The Lopnarians paid really good money.”
The two separate, “I guess I thought it was always live threatening action and galactic stakes.”
“I mean, before you joined up, we kept that massive dreadnaught from calling in reinforcements to wipe out all biological life in the quadrant, a year back.” Zephyr offers.
“Well, yeah but I missed that one.” Cynthia says, executing a spin, letting her bo staff whistle through the air, striking Zephyr’s own bo staff raised to block.
Zephyr laughs, “I’m sure something will come along to suit your needs.” She smiles and steps back, resuming a fighting stance.
Cynthia shrugs again, makes a jab that Zephyr deftly deflects, “Maybe so , I guess before then I should get used to the screaming.”
So, it’s March, what’re you reading? I’m reading Lockheed Elite by Tyler Wandschneider. It’s a fun read so far, very much in the same vein as Space Rogues.