Last month I shared a snippet from chapter one of my Work In Progress (which still doesn’t have a title even though it’s due to be turned in this weekend. sigh).
This month’s Science Fiction Romance Brigade Showcase snippet comes from chapter two. You’ll notice I changed the heroine’s name from Dynariss Ironslayer (um, yeah, I’m terrible at names) to Rozell Rōnin. You’ll also notice I used silly name holders like [Mother Planet] for the planets I have yet to name. Did I mention this novella is due now and that I’m terrible at names?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this short snippet. If you’re feeling creative, feel free to suggest a name for a moon or two in the comments and maybe it will make it into the book…with credit to you, of course!
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Inside the six-seater passenger gallery, Jaxzon retracted the 180 degree stargazer dome, turned off the lights, and lay in the recliner next to Rozell already gazing out into space, her expression a concoction of awe and fear and amazement.
“Which one is mine?”
He leaned his head close enough to smell the lemon scent of her shampoo and pointed it out. “There. The colorful one on the right. The twin grey ones are Acridite and [Destroyed Moon]. Over there–” he pointed across the gallery, “–is [Mother Planet]. And beyond that is–”
“It’s beautiful,” she whispered.
At first he thought she meant their polluted ancestral home [Mother Planet], but then realized she hadn’t taken her eyes off of her moon.
“Like a marble. All blue, green, and brown covered with swirls of white.” Mesmerized, she strolled to the dome and pressed her hands and forehead against the interior pane as if doing so would bring her closer to the rock from which they sped away at thousands of kilometers per hour.
He joined her at the window.
When had he first seen his own planet from space? He must have been very young; probably four or five. Had he marveled at it then like Rozell did now at twenty-two? He couldn’t remember, but something in her wonderment was contagious and he couldn’t relax his smile or the quickening of his pulse.
Seeing the [Mother Planet] System through her eyes, glistening with unshed tears, was like seeing it all for the first time.
How did she do that to him?
“Breathtaking, isn’t it?” she said.
No longer gazing out the window, he leaned closer and lowered his voice. “Yes. It is.”
Wait. What the hell had come over him? He’d end up in a white cell in the tower if anyone caught him flirting with his brother’s betrothed. He stepped to the side creating proper space between them.
Princess Rozell Rōnin was so off limits, she existed in another galaxy.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Showcase post! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, especially if you have a name suggestion! 🙂