Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!
Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.
For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!
Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now.
Skipping ahead just a few paragraphs from last week’s snippet. You aren’t missing anything important. My MC is now contemplating making a bolt for it.
(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to
try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)
“Please don’t try it, my dear. You won’t get far at all. A mere few feet is how far they normally get,” the stranger said to me. He must have read my intentions in the way I settled into my seat and looked towards the woods. I sincerely hoped he wasn’t as quick as he claimed to be.
I took one last look at the circle of horses and noticed that the riders that did not have a gun, now had ropes in one hand. They were all ready for me to bolt. I knew my odds of getting out of here were slim to none.
But still I had to try.
My eyes caught the strangers once more before focusing on my escape route. “Don’t try it, my dear.”
I gripped the saddle hard and dug my heels in Midnight’s sides. He lunged forward, making a bolt for it. The stranger didn’t even move, his eyes simply followed my movements. Then again, he didn’t have to make a move; every single rider on the side that I was headed for spurred their horses forward towards me.
I prayed I would somehow break through their ranks but deep down I knew I was doomed.
We had taken no more than a few strides before I heard the sound of a gun going off. I let out a cry of pain as I felt a sharp point pierce my neck. I nearly toppled off my horse, one hand flying to my neck to meet the end of a dart.
I was right when I thought the guns were tranquilizers.
Well… That didn’t work. Hopefully these guys aren’t too bad. He did warn her.
This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.
However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.
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